Laura A Kennedy

March 24, 1949May 20, 2020

Laura Ann Kennedy, age 71, passed away May 20, 2020 due to cancer. She was born March 24, 1949 in Columbus, Indiana to Joseph and Joanne Sublette. After graduating from Columbus High School, Laura graduated from Ball State University with a degree in Education. Her early working life consisted of teaching elementary school in Butlerville, Indiana and working at the Beech Grove Public Library. She married her high school sweetheart and long-time husband Michael Kennedy on August 4, 1972. Laura loved being a wife, mother and especially a grandmother to her six grandchildren. She liked to vacation in Disney World, spend winters in Florida, travel to New York City for Broadway plays, pull the slots and see shows in Vegas, and spend time with her beloved dog Kaci. Laura is survived by her mother Joanne, her husband Mike of 47 years, her brother Terry Sublette and his wife Judy, her son Todd Kennedy and his wife Cathy, her son Jay Kennedy, her daughter Leigh Ann Martin and her husband Andre; grandchildren Matthew Kennedy, Joshua Kennedy, Sophia Kennedy, David Kennedy, Nathan Kennedy and Camden Martin. All of these she loved greatly. Please join us for an open house to celebrate Laura’s life on Saturday, July 11, 2020 from 3-6pm at Woodland Country Club, 100 Woodland Lane, Carmel, Indiana 46032. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to a charity of your choice.

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Janice (Hodler) Donley

July 2, 2020

To Mike and Laura’s beautiful family. I was part of the group of gals that hung together in high school with Laura. I loved Laura. So so sad to know she will be absent from her family going forward. I enjoyed the pictures of Laura with her grandkids on Facebook. Sending love and warm thoughts to all who will feel such a difficult loss. I did not make the 50th reunion but the group shared this picture with me. This is how I will remember her- always smiling.

Barbara Brown

June 8, 2020

Mike, I am so sorry to learn of Laura's death. She is the first of our group of CHS girls who hung around together to leave this word for another one. We shared secrets, went to ball games, had sleepovers (with little or no sleeping), swam at Donner Park and the lagoons, drove up and down 25th street looking for boys who were looking for girls...we had so much fun together. Those days seem so far away and yet like yesterday all at the same time. It was great to see Laura and you at our 50th reunion three years ago. I send you my love on the loss of your buddy of 47 years. Having a marriage last that long is a real accomplishment and a gift. I could see on Facebook recently how much Laura loved being a mother and a grandmother. My very best to you, your kids, your grandchildren and the entire Sublette and Kennedy families.
-- Barbara Rust Brown; Williamsburg, Virginia

Pat Cronk

June 3, 2020

I met Laura at Ball State, as my dear roommate, Claudia , and I lived across the hall from Laura. She was so sweet, kind, supportive to the two of us, and taught us some songs (such as "Maybe"). We used to get together and sing sweet songs -that was before boom-boxes and i-tunes, etc. Laura was beautiful in so many ways. I will always remember the college-age Laura and have remembered her fondly all the years since.

Kathy Gosser (Greene)

May 27, 2020

I was so saddened and shocked to hear of dear Laura's passing. I met Laura many years ago when I was still in high school - we both worked for the BG Public Library. When Todd came along, I was lucky enough to be his first babysitter! Then Jay and Leigh Ann soon followed and it was so fun. I still cherish the memories of trips to Florida with the entire family; it was my joy (sincerely) to watch the kids while the parents went to dinner. The generosity of both Laura and Mike will stay with me forever. Laura was so special, always kind, and really loved her beautiful family. I am so grateful to have her as a role model all those years ago. Love to the family.

Robin Atwood

May 26, 2020

I was shocked and saddened to hear about Laura’s passing. It doesn’t seem possible. We were neighbors in Indianapolis for nine years during the late eighties and early nineties. When we met, we were both young moms in our thirties and we became good friends. She was such a kind and generous person. It meant so much to me to have someone close by who I could talk freely with about the trials and tribulations of raising children. She was always there for me with a shoulder to lean on or to commiserate with when I needed it. When my daughter, Ashley, was three or four, she began calling Laura, “Mrs. The Kennedy”. She certainly was the special “Mrs. The Kennedy” to me, too. The twenty-five years since I moved away from Indianapolis went by so fast. Our children grew up and Laura and I got older. Even though Laura is no longer with us, I will always remember the two of us as young moms living next door to each other, raising our families, and sharing our life experiences.

Robin Atwood

Linda Burns Brown

May 25, 2020

Dear Mike and Family,
Steve and I want to send our most heartfelt sympathy at the loss of Laura. I see Joanne at Four Seasons when I visit and she is such a sweet lady . I’m sure she is so sad.
We are still enjoying the condo we purchased from you.
Prayers for strength and comfort during these difficult times, Linda and Steve Brown

Claudia Linder Schneider

May 24, 2020

Laura was such a tiny ball of fire. I only knew of her while attending Columbus High School, but I found she was my next-door neighbor in Brayton Hall when I arrived my freshman year. Two years ahead of me, she showed me the " ropes" and helped me to adapt to campus life that first year. Much joy and laughter took place on that 7 TH floor hall in large part due to Laura. Hers is a life too large to be forgotten! May all her family be comforted by the knowledge that this is only temporary. We will see her again!