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Obituary: Dorothy G. Kennedy, Columbus

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Dorothy G. Kennedy, 94, of Columbus, went home to be with the Lord at 7:30 p.m. on Friday August 8, 2014 at Four Seasons Retirement Center.

Dorothy was born December 10, 1919, in Gridley, Illinois. She was the daughter of the late Alvin and Ernestine Claudon. She married Howard Kennedy on June 30, 1940. He preceded her in death on March 3, 1974.

Dorothy worked at Arvin Industries in data processing for 13 years. In later years, she worked at the optometry office of Dr. Woodruff and served as church secretary at First Lutheran Church.

She is most remembered for her life of faith, which was lived out in service to others. She donated many hours as a community volunteer for Columbus Regional Hospital, Meals on Wheels, and various other organizations. A longtime member of First Lutheran Church, she served in many ministries including choir, Sunday school teacher, Bible study leader, and council secretary. Dorothy continued her life as a volunteer after moving to Four Seasons in 1995. She served in many capacities, including chapel treasurer, chapel committee, dining committee member, and gift shop volunteer.

Throughout her life, Dorothy extended memorable acts of kindness to her family, friends, and neighbors. In her spare time, she enjoyed traveling, reading, playing bridge, working jigsaw, crossword puzzles, and doing needlepoint. She found great joy and love in spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She left a loving legacy with her family. Survivors include her daughter and son in law, Karen (Dean) Weed of Columbus; three grandchildren, Dan (Elizabeth) Weed of Carmel; Deanna Sapp of Indianapolis, and David (Kelly) Weed of Columbus. Dorothy was also blessed with 7 great-grandchildren, Kiersten Weed; Erika Weed; Gavin Weed; Maya Guevara; Brendan Sapp; Lydia Weed, and Drew Weed.

A memorial service will be held at Four Seasons Chapel on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at 3 p.m. with the Reverends Larry Isbell and Phyllis Hawkins officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the Four Seasons Chapel. Following the service, she will be laid to rest in Garland Brook Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral to First Lutheran Church, Four Seasons Chapel, or Hospice of South Central Indiana.

The family would like to thank Four Seasons Nursing Center staff and Hospice for their compassionate care.

Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home is honored to serve the Kennedy family as they remember Dorothy’s life. You are invited to light a virtual candle and send a message to the family at

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