Kennyon Edwards

September 10, 1933February 11, 2021

Rev. Kennyon Edwards, age 87, of Ann Arbor, Michigan passed away on Thursday, February 11, 2021 peacefully at his home from Alzheimer's and complications from a recent stroke. Kennyon was born September 10, 1933 in Littleton, North Carolina. He married Violet Donaldson of Toronto, Ontario, Canada on May 10, 1958. Rev. Edwards was an ordained minister of The United Church of Christ Congregation and served for 22 years as a nondenominational chaplain at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ypsilanti. Rev. Edwards also served at St. Andrews United Church of Christ in Dexter and several other area churches as an interim minister. He leaves behind his beloved wife; Violet, sons; K. Don (Louise) Edwards and Walter Ray (Alicia) Edwards, grandchildren; Ian, Erin, Stirling, Connor, Collin and Kayla, great grandson; Stanley Smith, and Godson; Bryan Hixson. In lieu of flowers donations may be offered Bethlehem Church of Christ, Heartland Hospice Home Care, or the Alzheimer's Association. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Edwards family.


  • Cremation has taken place and there will be no services at this time.


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Elizabeth Munn

February 25, 2021

Thinking of you and your family Violet.🍀
What a joy it was to have you and Kennyon as a part of our church family in Pinckney! That was a blessing, not forgotten, although it was years ago!
God be with you until we meet again.💞

Dina Vannice

February 22, 2021

Kennyon was our next door neighbor in Ann Arbor. He and Violet were so good to us. They were there to help at every turn as my first husband, Dave was dealing with Huntington's Disease.

Violet and Kennyon were the best neighbors. When I remarried after Dave's passing, they were there to cheer us on as the Michigan grandparents to our baby whose grandparents lived in Indiana.

When I was giving birth to our child in July of 2005, Kennyon stopped by St. Joseph Hospital and couldn't wait to hear if we had a girl or boy. The labor was long, so he didn't find out until my husband arrived home with the news. Kennyon met him in the driveway excited as ever!

We were blessed to know Kennyon and share a portion of our life with him and his wonderful wife, Violet. May God continue to bless this sweet, kind, compassionate family. Violet, Call if you need anything, we love you. Praying for you and your family.

Gloria VanAlstine

February 18, 2021

Dear Family and Friends of Kennyon Edwards,
Please accept my condolences for your loss of Kennyon.
I have known Kennyon since 1980ish. He served as a mentor each year to many of my Ann Arbor Public Schools high school students whom he mentored for two week experiences shadowing him at St Joe's. I know that he positively influenced them and gave them great insights as they explored various health care careers in my Health Sciences Technology Program. As a teacher and nurse I sometimes encouraged certain students to select shadowing Kennyon as one of their placements and others signed up as well. I am sure each of them remember the time they spent with him.
On a person level, at my request Kennyon was the pastor for the funeral service for my grandmother who passed on in Florida and came back to be buried here in Michigan. He was so kind and supportive of us, as he came to a meet my family prior to the service and used this time talking with us to prepare his loving comments and scriptures.
Another memory is that my students would write feedback after their placement with Kennyon and I forwarded those comments them to him. He told me he put them in his "feel good" drawer of his desk and on a rough day he would go to that drawer to reflect and find strength and joy. I will keep him in my heart always and appreciate him as a friend and wonderful role model.

Dorothy Lenz

February 17, 2021

To the family of Kennyon Edwards: You are in my thoughts and prayers. Kennyon was such a remarkable man doing a very difficult job with such compassion and care, always giving good advice, inspiring everyone through his deep faith. He had a delightful sense of humor and was always a very dear friend. What a gift he has been to our community!
With love,
Dorothy L. Lenz, First Congregational Church

Jon Krueger

February 17, 2021


I recall how wonderful Kenyon was in dealing with a relative stripling at the keyboard. He was very good to me and for me as a developing sacred music leader, and Webster Church was an adorable little place to celebrate.

I will always appreciate his kindness and the lovely atmosphere he enabled while serving.

I moved on to St. Andrew Catholic Church, Saline, which was also great for growth, though dealing with the politics was quite a challenge! Eventually I was fired for insubordination as one faction was promoting materials produced by pedophiles and I spoke out against this. High donors, I got the ax.

Now I am serving in a Presbyterian Church here in Jackson and am doing fairly well. Our music is available during the ZOOM services and is better than we can be in person, since I edit the recordings for quality (!). While nothing is perfect, this is the best so far in terms of my maturity and requirements for the job.

I am blessed having known Kenyon and you, Violet, and wish you the very best.

Jon F. Krueger
Former Interim Webster UCC Director of Music

Constance Doyle

February 16, 2021

My sincere sympathies. I was proud to work with Kenyon for 20 years in the ER at St Joes. He was the most kind and patient support that families needed. He also cheered us up with every visit. May he rest in peace.
Connie Doyle

Janet Haynes

February 16, 2021

Dear Vi and Family,
It was with a heavy heart that I read of Kennyon's passing in Sunday's paper. I remember him (and you) fondly when I served as choir director at St. Andrews UCC Church in Dexter when he was pastor. His support of me spoke to his strength of character and his commitment to God's word. I pray that God's love will strengthen and comfort you, and that your memories of Kennyon will bring you peace, joy, and smiles.
Janet Haynes

Lynn Martin

February 15, 2021

Violet, I am saddened to hear of Kennyon's passing. What a great guy! As a colleague, he was the best. Always ready to say what was on his mind but realizing that in his reflective times he said even more. His words of history from his time in Pinckney were treasures and your attendance in worship filled me with such joy! Lunch in Whitmore Lake and conversation around some wonderful dishes filled my soul too. God's blessings to you and yours. Much love for the journey. Peace.

Judi Kline

February 15, 2021

So sorry to hear this news....
I worked with him many times during our time at St Joes. He was a quiet, calming presence in the middle of the many traumatic happenings that we experienced together over the years. My condolences to his family. I will fondly remember him. Peace.

Linda Brewer

February 15, 2021

Mrs Edwards,
Pastor Edwards stepped in to marry my husband and me July 31, 1999 when our new minister was not available. It was an incredibly hot day! I remember his kindness as he worked with us before the wedding. I always enjoyed seeing him thereafter at Bethlehem UCC. Thinking of you at this sad time.
Linda Brewer