Anne Bishop Kennedy, 84, died peacefully Thursday, June 21, 2007, in San Diego, CA. Mrs. Kennedy was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1922 to Richard E. Bishop and Ruth Trueblood Bishop. She graduated from Broad Ripple High School in 1941 and attended Purdue University where she met her husband, Charles J. Kennedy, who predeceased her in 1997. Mrs. Kennedy is survived by three daughters; Susan Mechling, San Diego, CA, Elisabeth Marshall, Lummi Island, WA, and Sarah Owen, Ukiah, CA. Mrs. Kennedy is also survived by seven grandchildren; William C. Marshall, Charles L. Marshall, Nicholas D. Mechling, Christopher Mechling, Anna K. Owen, Flora K. Owen, and Olivia H. Marshall. Other survivors include her beloved sister, Mary Bishop Coan of Greenwich, CT., three nieces and three nephews. Her brother, Richard E. Bishop, Jr., Indianapolis, predeceased her in 2000.
Mrs. Kennedy moved with her husband and young family to Pasadena, CA in 1954. There she became a devoted hostess, patron of the arts, and supporter of community life. Anne Kennedy was a staunch Democrat all her life. She volunteered for and contributed heavily to Democratic candidates and initiatives locally and nationally. She was a counselor and board member for the Pasadena Mental Health Association and a volunteer at Pasadena Planned Parenthood for many years. She received several honors from the groups to which she devoted so much of her energy and support.
In later years, she and her husband, Charles, moved to Malibu, to a house they helped design. Mrs. Kennedy furnished the house with an extensive art collection. She had an abiding love for art and crafts and she helped many fledgling artists survive and develop with her generous financial support for their work.
Mrs. Kennedy was an avid sport fisher. She and her husband spent many months each year at their house in Campbell River, B. C., fishing for salmon and hosting friends and relatives. There, upon Mr. Kennedy’s death, Mrs. Kennedy designed, had built, and donated to the city a loving memorial to her husband on the banks of Campbell River.
She is remembered by family members and her many friends as a vital and loving woman of uncommon compassion and generosity.