Audrey Lois Tohtz Kennedy

Services will be held Friday September 16 at 1:00 pm at Marion Baptist Church, Marion, Kentucky

Audrey Lois Tohtz Kennedy died Monday, Sept. 5, in Marion, KY. She had suffered a stroke in August and was in hospice care. She had a peaceful death surrounded by family.

Earlier this year Audrey celebrated her 90th birthday at events in Nevada, MO, and Dallas, TX.  At both events were dozens of lifelong friends and family, including her daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren. There was much laughter, many stories, and memories abounding of a woman whose life was an inspiration and a celebration of joy and service to others.

Audrey Lois Tohtz was born April 20, 1926 in St. Louis, MO. She graduated from Blewett High School in St. Louis in 1943. She graduated from Southwest Baptist College in 1946 and from William Jewell College in 1948. She married Donald W. Kennedy on June 11, 1948. They moved to Nevada where Don practiced law and later became a judge. They moved to Kansas City, MO when Don was appointed to the Missouri Court of Appeals in 1978, where he served until his retirement.

Don and Audrey lived many years in Nevada, MO, raised their family there, and engaged in numerous civic activities as well as being active members of First Baptist Church.  While in Nevada, Don and Audrey lost a son, Roger Quin, to leukemia at the age of 17. Though heartbroken, they set about making a positive impact on Roger's many friends, the church and the entire community through memorials, scholarships, and various events that commemorated Roger's life and the faith of the family.

Audrey's life was devoted to her family and her steadfast faith in God.  She loved life, music, and laughter, and she never stopped thinking of others and ways in which to help her many friends but also people whom she had never met. She was a talented singer and shared her lovely voice over many years in her church and in many civic events.

She was preceded in death by her husband Don in 2008, son Roger in 1973, brother Jack Tohtz, and parents Richard and Amy Tohtz,a nd her son-in-law Wayne Dean.  She is survived by daughters Julianne Kennedy Pederson of Dallas, Jennifer Kennedy Dean and Priscilla Kennedy Graham of Marion, KY, two sons-in-law, five grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.

Services will be held Friday September 16 at 1:00 pm at Marion Baptist Church, Marion, KY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Marion Baptist Church, or The Praying Life Foundation. (Find information at

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