ForeverMissed

This website was created to honor the memory of Marj Kennedy who passed away on February 9, 2019 after several years of declining health.  To her brothers, Marj was the central hub for family news and communication and a beloved presence throughout our lives.  To extended family, she was a fun, witty, warm and reliable supporter, organizer and host.  To her colleagues in elementary education, she was a consummate professional, supportive mentor and friend and a lot fun to work with.  And to her many friends, neighbors, and acquaintances, she was approachable, witty, reliable and eminently lovable.  To all who knew her, she was quite  "a character" and her own person to the end.

As you peruse this website, we hope you will experience warm feelings from good memories and perhaps even chuckle a bit as you remember the fun and funny experiences you had with Marj over the years. We encourage you to add here a written tribute, memory or short story about Marj that you would want others to see and appreciate.  You may also upload a photo to add to the picture gallery here.

Please return to this site anytime you want to add new content, check for updated content posted by others or just to remember Marj.   Thanks for coming.



Posted by Jim Kennedy on February 9, 2020
It's been a year since Marj passed, and I find I think about her frequently and with great fondness. I've got "Marj Quips" commemorative bookmarks stuck in the books I read and a water-color painting of "Coulson Manor" on the wall of my study. By my desk is a wonderfully funny pencil & ink drawing by Dee Kennedy of Marj as our "Ambassador to the Second Grade" driving an old beater car out west to study education on Indian reservations. So I get reminded of her on a more-or-less daily basis. And these are all most welcome and uplifting reminders of a wonderful lady and beloved sister.
Posted by Jim Kennedy on March 11, 2019
Marj’s Message to Survivors
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Words from Henry Scott Holland
Prof. of Divinity, University of Oxford
From a Sermon delivered in May, 1910
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Death is nothing at all.  It does not count.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
Nothing has happened.  Everything remains exactly as it was.

I am I, and you are you, and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.  Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. 

Call me by the old familiar name.  Speak of me in the easy way which you always used.  Put no difference in your tone. Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. 

Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together. 
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. 

Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.  Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it. 

Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was.  There is absolute and unbroken continuity.  What is this death but a negligible accident?  Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? 

I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just round the corner.  All is well.

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Posted by Jim Kennedy on February 9, 2020
It's been a year since Marj passed, and I find I think about her frequently and with great fondness. I've got "Marj Quips" commemorative bookmarks stuck in the books I read and a water-color painting of "Coulson Manor" on the wall of my study. By my desk is a wonderfully funny pencil & ink drawing by Dee Kennedy of Marj as our "Ambassador to the Second Grade" driving an old beater car out west to study education on Indian reservations. So I get reminded of her on a more-or-less daily basis. And these are all most welcome and uplifting reminders of a wonderful lady and beloved sister.
Posted by Jim Kennedy on March 11, 2019
Marj’s Message to Survivors
-----
Words from Henry Scott Holland
Prof. of Divinity, University of Oxford
From a Sermon delivered in May, 1910
-----

Death is nothing at all.  It does not count.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
Nothing has happened.  Everything remains exactly as it was.

I am I, and you are you, and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.  Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. 

Call me by the old familiar name.  Speak of me in the easy way which you always used.  Put no difference in your tone. Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. 

Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together. 
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. 

Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.  Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it. 

Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was.  There is absolute and unbroken continuity.  What is this death but a negligible accident?  Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? 

I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just round the corner.  All is well.
her Life

Marj Kennedy - A Biographical Summary




Birth:    April 23, 1945 in Carlisle PA

Parents:  Charles H. B. (“Chick”) Kennedy and Dorothy (Logan) Carl Kennedy

Education
   Grade & H.S. –  S. Middleton Twp., Boiling Springs, PA.  H.S. Grad: 1963

   Undergrad  –  Lock Haven State College, Lock Haven, PA.                                                                         B.A. Elementary Ed, 1967

   Post-Grad   –  Shippensburg University,  Shippensburg, PA   M.Ed., 1970 

Marriage:
    1974 –  Married Fred Coulson.   Divorced after 8 years.  Never re-married.

Career:
   1967 - 2002  –  Grade School Teacher at S. Middleton Twp. School District

    Spring, 1997  –  Sabbatical.  Visitation & participant observation                                                               at Native American schools in the Southwestern U.S. 

    Taught more than 900 second and fourth grade pupils during her career.                                      Later in her 35-year career, Marj taught the children of parents who had                                         themselves been her pupils a generation earlier.

Church:   Otterbein Church (formerly E.U.B., later United Methodist)                                               Boiling Springs, PA.  Marj was a lifelong member.


Death:   Feb. 9, 2019 in Carlisle, PA.                                                                                                   Ashes interred at  Mt. Zion Cemetery, Churchtown, PA


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