Yvonne L. Kennedy was born July 30, 1939 in Mt. Airy, LA to William Leon and Olivia Margret Madden. On April 11, 2018, she quietly departed this life in Ocean Springs, MS.
Yvonne accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age and later joined St. James Baptist Church of Gulfport, MS. She was a dutiful member, and everyone considered her a mother of the church, serving as, youth department matron, pastor’s support, decoration coordinator, choir member and a vital part of the churches restoration and remodeling efforts.
She attended Thirty-Third High School in Gulfport, MS and continued her education at Chicago University receiving her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Early Childhood Education. She worked and retired from the CBC Naval Battalion Child Development Center.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael Kennedy; her mother and father, William Leon and Olivia Margret Madden; and two sisters, Eloise “Snookie” Gay and Bobbie Bolton;
and brother-in-law, Curtis Knight, Sr.
She leaves to cherish her memories: a devoted daughter, Tawana (Luther) Banks; two grandsons, A1C Luther O. Banks, IV, Beale Air Force Base; California, and Tyler Banks; a great-grandson, Messiah H. Banks; two sisters, Marguerite Knight and Robbie Madden; a brother, Willie Madden, Jr., all of Gulfport, MS; a special friend, Melvia (Willie) Warfield, of Chicago, IL; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
The care of Mrs. Yvonne Kennedy has been entrusted to RICHMOND-AUGUST FUNERAL HOME. Inquiries: 228-436-6722.