Donna Mae (Thro) Kennedy

Born: Wed., Nov. 30, 1921
Died: Mon., Dec. 17, 2012

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Location: Peace Lutheran Church

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Donna M. Kennedy

Nov. 30, 1921 – Dec. 17, 2012

Donna M. Kennedy – a longtime resident of Pendleton, died Monday, December 17, 2012.  She was 91 years old. 

Private gathering of family and friends will be held at the Peace Lutheran Church in Pendleton.  Contributions in memory of Donna Kennedy may be made to the Peace Lutheran Church of Pendleton and may be sent in care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, PO Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801.  Send condolences online at  Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.

Donna Kennedy was born November 30, 1921 in St. Peter, Minnesota, to William Allen Thro and Hazel Vendetta (Ecklund) Thro. She was raised in St. Peter and graduated form St. Peter High School in 1938.  She attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter.  On September 4, 1940, she married Theodore W. “Teed” Kennedy in Estherville, Iowa.  The couple moved to Fort Worth, Texas, where they lived from 1940 to 1950. They then resided in: Minneapolis, Minnesota, from 1950 to 1960, Billings, Montana, from 1960 to 1965, Portland, Oregon, from 1965 to 1969 and finally moving to Pendleton in 1969.  Donna and Teed purchased Carefree Tour and Travel in Pendleton and Donna worked with Teed until 1995.

Teed and Donna were married for 71 years.

Mrs. Kennedy was a member of Peace Lutheran Church.  Her hobbies were travel and golf, and she was an avid fan of the Seattle Mariners and the Portland Trailblazers. 

Donna is survived by: her sons Patrick Kennedy of Pendleton, William Kennedy of Pendleton, Terry Poirier of Toppenish, Washington, grandchildren Bradly Kennedy, Shelly (Kennedy) Yackley, Boddy Poirier, Heidi Poirier, Brandy Poirier and Kayla Poirier, seven great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews are Kathleen Lampland, Dee and Bob Skeie, Peter Valenty and Nancy Hammer. 

She was preceded in death by her husband Teed, her father, mother and sister.

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carl and connie sager
   Posted Thu December 20, 2012
To Pat and family: Connie and I are sad to hear about Donna, our truly great friend..We will miss her and we will always remember the great times we had together...It was truly a blessing to have her and your dad as friends. Our hearts swell when we think about them...

Candy Crawford
   Posted Fri December 21, 2012
Pat, family, and friends,
I am deeply saddened by your loss of Donna. I greatly admired and appreciated her. I worked for her and Teed many years ago at the travel agency and they were wonderful to work for. May the Lord give you comfort and peace at this time for the loss of both Teed and Donna so close together.

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