Saundra Kay Kennedy, Ed.D passed away on July 28, 2020 in Baton Rouge after a courageous two-year battle with cancer. Dr. Kennedy was born in Tampa, FL and lived many years in New Orleans. Growing up in a military family, she attended 9 different schools in her 12-year pre-college years and received her Doctor of Education from Columbia University in New York City. She spent several years as a Sister of St. Joseph, taught at St. George Catholic School in Baton Rouge, Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Baton Rouge, Holy Cross High School in New Orleans, Archbishop Chapelle High School in Metairie, and Chinchuba Institute for the Deaf in Marrero, LA. She worked in Sales in Catholic publishing for 27 years and as National Speaker for William H. Sadlier, Inc. In addition to teaching, including sign language, Dr. Kennedy used her God-given talents in so many other ways. She broke records in selling up-to-date text books to help religion teachers assist their students in getting to know about – and hopefully to know personally, the God who loves all of us. At religious education conferences, she spoke to thousands of religion teachers all around the country, and in Canada, often resulting in standing ovations. These contacts also resulted in some very treasured friendships. Dr. Kennedy also served as a volunteer in ministering to women in prison. Although her battle with cancer prevented her from giving this ministry the number of hours she wanted, she was given the privilege of being a "volunteer chaplain" at the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women. She was preceded in death by her Mother, Mary Scafidi Kennedy and her Father, Percy Eugene Kennedy. She is survived by her brother, William J Kennedy (Patti), sisters, Constance (Connie) Kennedy Proctor (Thomas), Cheryl Kennedy Ladner, and brother, Richard Eugene Kennedy (Dian); several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews; and numerous extended family members and friends who were like family, especially precious friends, Dennis and Kathy Burgio. The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude for the compassionate care given by dear friends Donna Casey Speed and Vicki Pannell LaPlace. Visitation will be held at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA, on Thursday, July 30, 2020 from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Out of an abundance of caution, the family will hold a private graveside service at the Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Bay St. Louis, MS on Friday, July 31, 2020 at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 3134 Hundred Oaks Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70808 or the Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross, 1600 O'Day Street, Merrill, WI 54452.
Published in The Advocate from Jul. 29 to Jul. 30, 2020.