Elizabeth Joan Kennedy

HALLSVILLE — Elizabeth Joan Kennedy lived for family.

Family dinners were a weekly habit for Mrs. Kennedy and her family, said her daughter Lisa Gingerich.

"Once you became a part of her life, you never got to leave," Gingerich said. "No matter what happened during the week, you always go to dinner."

"She loved family and going to auctions," said her daughter Rita Estes. "She was always looking for deals."

Mrs. Kennedy's competitive streak made her a "pretty feisty bidder at auctions," Gingerich said. "She was just a special person."

Elizabeth Joan Kennedy of Hallsville died Friday, March 11, 2011, at Boone Hospital Center. She was 72.

She was born March 13, 1938, in Columbia to William and Mary Craig Fite.

She married Bill Kennedy on June 24, 1978, in Columbia.

Mrs. Kennedy worked for 22 years at 3M in Columbia until her retirement in 1997.

She is survived by a son, Wesley Wyatt of Hallsville; two daughters, Rita Estes and husband, Scott, of Hallsville and Lisa Gingerich and husband, John, of Sturgeon; Scott and Michelle Sorenson of Hallsville and Buck and Nancy Wainscott of Columbia; a sister, Juanita Kidwell of Columbia; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Kennedy's husband; a son, Ronald Joe Wyatt; two brothers, James and Dickie Fite; and two sisters, Dottie Fite and Betty Lou Baker, died earlier.

Visitation will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services will follow at 2 p.m. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.

Memorial contributions may be made to True North, P.O. Box 1367, Columbia, MO 65205.

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