- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Ana Luisa Kennedy, 80, homemaker

Ana Luisa Bou Kennedy, a 52-year resident of Bethesda, died Feb. 9 in the intensive care unit of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville. She was 80.

Born in Michigan and raised in Puerto Rico, she was married for 53 years to Walter P. Kennedy, who served as Republican sergeant-at-arms in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1950 to 1993.

A class valedictorian at age 15 and headed to a career in dietetics, Mrs. Kennedy instead devoted her life to being a wife, a mother and, later, grandmother. Her family recalled her saying often that the compensation that she received as such was far greater than she could ever receive for any “paying job.” Considering the size of her family, no one could say she never worked, they said.

Survivors include seven children, Walter P. Kennedy Jr., Ana L. Kennedy, Thomas F. Kennedy, Dennis M. Kennedy, Stella M. Kennedy, Kevin J. Kennedy, and Kathleen P. Kennedy McGovern, all of the Washington area; two sisters, Ernestina Bou of Kensington and Marie Isabel Bou Pelalas of West Orange, N.J.; 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Her husband died in 1999.

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