Joanne Scott Kennedy

February 5, 1929 - January 1, 2016
Joanne Scott Kennedy

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Joanne Scott Kennedy, 86, died January 1, 2016.  A Williamsburg resident since 1961, she was born to Robert L. and Mary Scott on February 5, 1929 in Charleston, SC.  She was a poet and writer, a 1949 graduate of the University of Maryland, former reference librarian at the Williamsburg Regional Library and book reviewer for the Daily Press, Virginian-Pilot and NY Times.

Joanne was predeceased by her daughter Mary (2011) and her brother, Robert L. Scott.  She is survived by her beloved husband of 66 years, Robert Kennedy; her children, Charles Kennedy (Marina), Joan Kennedy, Nancy Byrd (Bob), Keyne Stanford (Rob), Catherine Steever (Dan), Rose Kennedy (Wade Slate), and Amy Witsil (Matt); 24 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and her sisters, Kathleen McFarland and Rosemary Scott.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 from 6pm-8pm at Bucktrout of Williamsburg, 4124 Ironbound Rd., Williamsburg, VA 23188. A funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 11am. at St. Olaf Catholic Church, 104 Norge Ln., Williamsburg, VA 23188. Interment will be private at Cedar Grove Cemetery.


Wednesday, January 6, 2016
12:00 AM

St. Olaf Catholic Church - Directions
104 Norge Lane
Williamsburg, VA 23188


Tuesday, January 5, 2016
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Bucktrout Funeral Home - Directions
4124 Ironbound Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188

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  • January 03, 2016
    Kathy O'Bryan says:
    Joanne Kennedy was a wonderful neighbor. She welcomed me into her home, likely more than she would have preferred, to play with her children. She was kind, brilliant, patient and a devoted mother and wife. I remember Joanne and her husband Bob strolling hand in hand down Matoaka Court; a couple who appeared very much in love with each other. I am grateful to have known Mrs. Kennedy. My deep condolences to Chuck, Joan, Nancy, Keyne, Cathy, Rose and Amy. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • January 04, 2016
    Bob and LeAnn Scott, Anna and Lisa says:
    Our hearts are saddened by the loss of Aunt Joanne. Her warmth and love will forever be remembered and we will always be grateful for her work to record family history through her writing and poetry. Our prayers are with all the family and we surround you with our love.

  • January 04, 2016
    Karen Layou says:
    I am so saddened to learn of Joanne's passing. Joanne and I would often lector together at the 8 a.m. Masses at St. Olaf. Joanne would always greet me with a smile and ask about my twin boys. Her prayerful readings will be missed. Your family will be kept in my thoughts and prayers.

  • January 04, 2016
    quoVadis wright and family says:
    you may not remember me but I worked w/ chuck and the 2 oder girls at one of the greek resturants and remember your mom well from the library.i am so sorry you lost a wonderfull mother.God bless you all

  • January 05, 2016
    Nancy and Paul Costello says:
    A wonderful friend who always had a warm greeting. Our St Olaf parish family will truly miss her. Bob - we pray that God will grant you the strength and courage to face each day without your Joanne. We're sure your loving family will be there for you. We send our friendship and God's Blessings.