Maxine “Mickie” Oswald Kennedy, 88, of Springfield, died at 8:53 pm, Friday, September 21, 2012 at Mill Creek Residence. She was born June 7, 1924 in Springfield, to William A. and Lucy Harrison Oswald. She married Willard Kennedy on April 12, 1947. He preceded her in death on February 16, 2005.
Her parents, two sisters, Lucille and Alberta and two brothers George and William “Bill” also preceded her in death.
Survivors include one son Willard “Terry” (Karen) Kennedy of California; one daughter Jill (David) Kennedy-Broughton of Springfield; two grandchildren, Alexa Stahr Broughton and Gabriel Kennedy Broughton; one sister, Eleanor Mendenhall of Springfield and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and great nephews.
Maxine attended Blessed Sacrament School from Kindergarten through 8th grade and then attended Sacred Heart Academy and graduated in June of 1942.
During childhood she took tap dancing; toe dancing, ballet and acrobat. She performed on stage at the Old Roxy Theater and other various places and she also was a pianist.
Following graduation she went to work immediately for the Army Air Force at the fairgrounds as World War II was in full force. She worked there until about 1945 when the war ended. Following this she worked at the Social Security office as an account number clerk at the Myers Building. In ’48, due to pregnancy, she ceased outside work until her children were raised. At that time she worked various part time positions and eventually joined Willard in the world of real estate for 11 years.
Mrs. Kennedy volunteer for many years at the Mary Bryant Home for the Blind; was past president of Springfield Jaycees; past president of the Federated Junior Woman’s Alumnae, Secretary at St. Joseph’s Home Coterie and was a Brownie / Cub Scout leader.
Although Mickie was very involved in the community in many ways, her ultimate career was her family. Nothing was more important to her and she was always doing something for them all. She was gifted at creating fun. With them she traveled 50 states in their travel trailer and in 1966, 1970, 1972 and again in 2001 graduated to World Traveler. They traveled to thirty-five countries on four continents (North America, South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa) and several Caribbean Islands. In 2001 the family traveled to Europe which included three generations of her immediate family.
Mickie was “Mom” to many. Her caring heart was always ready to listen, help, share her wisdom and encourage others.
Washington Park was Mickie’s “stompin’ grounds” from childhood to old age. It is no wonder her home for the later forty years of her life was right in the park where she took daily walks with her family and fed many a duck.
Music and dancing was a large part of her life with her husband, kids and grandkids. Mickie and Willard were fantastic “Jitterbuggers” and passed it down to them all.
Mickie took her Catholic Faith very seriously and in her last 3 decades she became an avid reader and student of the Bible.
Visitation: 4-7 pm, Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at Staab Funeral Home with a prayer service at 4 pm.
Second Visitation: 10:15 -11 am, Thursday, September 27, 2012 at Blessed Sacrament Church.
Funeral Mass: 11 am, Thursday, September 27, 2012 at Blessed Sacrament Church with Reverend Jeff Grant officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Breadline.
Prayers at 4 pm
Time: 10:15 am - 11:00 am
Garner Chapel Cemetery
Time: 11:00 am
Garner Chapel Cemetery