LAKEFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Ellen I. Kennedy, 79, of Lakefield Township, died Tuesday morning October 23, 2012 at Golden Leaves Living Center in Newberry.
Born November 4, 1932 in Cedar, daughter of the late William and Genevieve (O'Brien) Brow, Ellen was a 1953 graduate of Newberry High School. While residing in Lansing, Ellen was employed for Michigan Bell Telephone until 1962 when she and her husband, Charles, moved to Lakefield Township where they owned and operated C & E Grocery, retiring in 1972. Following her retirement, Ellen turned to farming full time and had a great love for animals, taking in many abandoned dogs and cats over the years. She also loved her beautiful flower gardens.
In addition to her parents, Ellen is preceded in death by her siblings Donald Brow and Kathleen Quill.
Survivors include her husband Charles, residing in Newberry; children Michael (Susan) of Fowlerville, Mary Lynn (Darryl) Rickman and Virginia (Steven) Mertz all of Grand Rapids; six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; siblings Richard (Beverly) Brow of Lakefield Township, Mary MacCallum of Grand Rapids, Orpha (James) Fredenberg of Warren, OH, Elmer (Darlene) Brow of Norway, Michael (Carol) Brow of Westland, Bernadette (Charles) Derusha of Newberry and Annette (Joseph) Przybysz of Houghton Lake Heights; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends may call at St. Gregory's Catholic Church in Newberry on Monday October 29, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. A Memorial Mass will follow at 11:00 a.m. at the church with Fr. Frank Ricca officiating.
Memorials may be directed to the Circle of Life Project in care of Helen Newberry Joy Hospital, 502 West Harrie St., Newberry, MI 49868 in her memory.
Condolences may be expressed at www.beaulieufuneralhome.com
Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.