In memory of
Karen LaRee Kennedy
Karen LaRee Kennedy, 61, of Baton Rouge, LA, passed away Wednesday, June 27. Born June 19, 1957 in Baton Rouge, she was the daughter of the late Stiles Compton "Mike" Kennedy, III and Doris Arnold Kennedy. A lifelong resident of Baton Rouge, Ms. Kennedy graduated from LSU with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She was devoted to her family and friends and loved them all with a pure heart. She was an avid reader and traveled extensively. She particularly enjoyed writing poetry, listening to music and watching classic black and white movies. Some of her interests included WWII history, quilting and photography. Professionally, she worked as Marketing Director for the National Safety Council of Louisiana and successfully lobbied for the Louisiana child passenger restraint system law, seatbelt law and motorcycle helmet law. She worked as Marketing Director for the Baton Rouge Symphony and was also the Director for the LA Arthritis Association for many years. In later years, she started her own business as a patient advocate. Her contributions to the Baton Rouge community included serving on various committees for the Junior League of Baton Rouge and Altrusa International. She was an associate vestry member at St. James Episcopal Church and served on the Altar Guild. Her brothers Michael J. Stiles Kennedy of Shreveport and Todd Wilson Turpin of Baton Rouge survive her. She is also survived by Stiles Christopher Kennedy, IV (nephew), wife Lacie Grace Kennedy, grand-nephew Stiles Cannon Kennedy, V of Shreveport and David Robert Kennedy (nephew), wife Chelsea Quinn Kennedy, grand-niece Elizabeth Grace Kennedy of Texarkana, TX. Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 28 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. A memorial service will follow. All services will be held at St. James Episcopal Church, 205 N. 4th St., Baton Rouge, LA 70801. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ms. Kennedy's honor may be sent to Cypress Springs Mercedarian Prayer Center, 17560 George ONeal Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70817. For online donations, please visit www.cypressspringsprayercenter.org.
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