Rebekah Kennedy Obituary

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Rebekah Ewert (Ewert) Kennedy

March 27, 1918 - March 16, 2013
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Kennedy, Rebekah (Ewert), age 94, left this world on March 16, 2013, after a long struggle with cancer. Ms. Kennedy was born on March 27, 1918, in Marion County Kansas. She was the oldest daughter of six children born to Andrew and Orpha (Ratzlaff) Ewert. Both of her parents died just as she reached adulthood, and she helped to care for her younger siblings especially her youngest brother. She worked for Boeing during World War II and later worked as a waitress to put herself through college. She attended Northwestern Oklahoma Teachers College for her undergraduate studies and Wichita State to earn her Master's degree. She married...
Kennedy, Rebekah (Ewert), age 94, left this world on March 16, 2013, after a long struggle with cancer. Ms. Kennedy was born on March 27, 1918, in Marion County Kansas. She was the oldest daughter of six children born to Andrew and Orpha (Ratzlaff) Ewert. Both of her parents died just as she reached adulthood, and she helped to care for her younger siblings especially her youngest brother. She worked for Boeing during World War II and later worked as a waitress to put herself through college. She attended Northwestern Oklahoma Teachers College for her undergraduate studies and Wichita State to earn her Master's degree. She married Russell Kennedy in 1941 and became a math and home economics teacher. Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy never had any children of their own, but she cared for her students and loved ones as much as any mother would. Ms. Kennedy was a talented seamstress and craftswoman. She was well-known among her friends and family for crafting wonderfully ornate Christmas balls and sending them those she loved all over the country. These ornaments have become treasured possessions among those who loved her. Ms. Kennedy had big impact on the lives of those around her. She was an extremely intelligent woman of strong character and who had a generous spirit. She valued education and intelligence. Despite growing up during a time when women did not have the same rights they do today, she became a well-educated, respected teacher who worked very hard throughout her life. She had a profound impact on her students and kept in touch with many of them and her colleagues from her career. Her legacy lives on in the many people whose lives she has touched with her strength, kindness, confidence, and generosity. Ms. Kennedy was preceded in death by her husband Russell, her parents Andrew and Orpha (Ratzlaff) Ewert, her eldest brother, Jonathan Ewert, and two sisters, Orpha (Ewert) Herrick and Esther (Ewert) McAnally. She is survived by a sister, Tommie Carl, a brother, Andrew Ewert, and many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews. Services will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at Resthaven Mortuary, 11800 West Highway 54, Wichita, KS 67209. Visitation will be at 2:00 PM with the funeral following at 3:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to www.donorschoose.org/RebekahKennedy to fund educational projects for classrooms in need.

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"My daughter and I are heartbroken to hear about Rebekah's passing. She was my aunt on her husband, Russell's, side. I loved her very much and was always..." Jackie Phillips (Wichita, KS)

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