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Caroline Joyce Kennedy

October 31, 1936March 23, 2020

Caroline Joyce Kennedy

ALTON-- Caroline Joyce Kennedy, 83, passed away March 23, 2020. She was born in Millinocket, ME October 31, 1936 and was the foster daughter of Michael and Blanche Burns of Argyle, ME.

Caroline graduated from Old Town High School, class of 1955. She was employed at the University of Maine in the Department of Mathematics for 28 years and retired as an Administrative Assistant in 1997. Following her early retirement, she took several culinary arts classes at Eastern Maine Technical college and pursued a small catering business which she very successfully managed for ten years. Cooking was her passion. She absolutely loved having family gatherings and events where she could prepare huge delicious meals and desserts for all. She never went anywhere empty handed. Everyone loved Grammy’s amazing potato salad and apple pies! Besides cooking, she also enjoyed sewing, gardening, quilting, reading, Zumba classes at the Y, spending winters in Florida with her many friends, lunch with the girls, and going to Rockin’ Ron’s music jams.

Caroline was an active member of the Old Town Emblem Club in which she did volunteer work for many years. She also enjoyed volunteering with the Ladies of the Alton Methodist Women’s Club. In recent years, she has been a member of the Bangor Literacy Volunteers Program and a student in line dancing at the Eastern Area Agency on Aging.

Caroline was the devoted wife of James for 64 years. She leaves two children, both of Alton, James Jr and his wife Patricia, and daughter Pamela Drake. She also leaves her four precious grandchildren, Ashley Freeman and companion Trenton Beliel, of Edmond, OK, Lukas Freeman and his wife Hilary, of Alton, Kristine Kennedy of Bath, and Kayla Kennedy and companion Michael Ronci, of Tucson, Arizona. Caroline enjoyed her four grandchildren immensely. She loved spending time with them cooking, sewing, putting puzzles together, and laughing. She had two great granddaughters, Everly and Calihan Freeman, both of Alton and one great grandson to be born in April, Jett Beliel of Edmond, OK.

She is also survived by her sisters, Marie Roy of Argyle, Jeanne Knudsen and her husband Bob, of Stockton, CA, Doreen Miranda and her husband Tom, of San Marcos, CA, and one brother, Duncan Macdonald and his wife Barbara of Spartanburg, SC. Also of special mention is Andy LeClair and wife Laurie, of Veazie. Caroline lovingly assisted in the caring of Andy on the Burns farm, from his age of three weeks old until adulthood. She has many nieces and nephews that she was very close to and very proud of.

Caroline was predeased by a stillborn son, Roger Kennedy, her cherished sisters, Sandy (Mishou) Kennedy, Judy Kalel, two sister-in-laws, Elizabeth (Poppy) Boynton and her husband Brant, Linda Emmons and her husband Pat, and son-in-law Gregory Drake.

Caroline was a fun loving caring woman, doting wife, wonderful mother, excellent grandmother, thoughtful great grandmother, special Aunty, and beautiful person. She will be sadly missed by all.

Caroline’s wishes were to have graveside services to be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alton Methodist Church, c/o Paulette Borja, 3945 Bennoch Road, Alton, ME 04468.

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Meredith Eaton

March 26, 2020

On behalf of all of us at Literacy Volunteers of Bangor, please accept our sincere condolences. We were so sad to hear of Caroline's passing. She was a great asset to Literacy Volunteers over the past several years as a tutor, and we looked forward to her return from Florida each spring. Caroline recently tutored one young adult who had dropped out of high school, helping her to earn her final English credit through a local adult ed program. Last May, she attended the student's adult ed graduation ceremony; it was lovely to catch up with her there.

Beyond that, we enjoyed hearing about Caroline's busy life: it's clear her world revolved around family, cooking, volunteering, and other pursuits that interested her most in retirement. She had a great sense of humor, and she was always up for a challenge. Every time we asked her for help, she'd say that she'd never done it before, but she was willing to try! There is no substitute for the caring heart of a volunteer, and we are so grateful to count Caroline as one of ours.

To those closest to Caroline: we are so sorry for your loss, and you are in our thoughts. Hopefully, these remembrances bring you some comfort during this sad time.

Meredith, Mary, Lehann, & Brooke