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Arletta Marie Kennedy

Arletta Marie Kennedy, 68, of Symsonia passed away Tuesday, November 24, 2020 in Nashville, TN after a brief but hard-fought battle with cancer.
Ms. Kennedy loved God, her family and UK basketball.  She taught math at Heath Middle School from 1974 to 2008 and she never forgot a face of her former students. Teaching was her passion and she dedicated her life to improving the lives of all students and teachers.  She held may offices within the KEA and NEA organizations both before and after her retirement.
Ms. Kennedy is survived by her life partner of 40 years, Roger Dale Rives; one sister-in-law, Lisa Behrendt; one niece, Lindsey Hill (Adam) of Marion, Ky.; one nephew, Brian Behrendt (Leslie) of Berea, Ky.; and her greatest joys, her great-nieces; Avery, Aubrey, and Rowen Behrendt and great-nephew, Carson Hill. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bernard and Blondell Roberts Behrendt; one brother, B.F. Behrendt; and one niece, Allison Behrendt.
A scholarship has been created in her memory and in lieu of flowers the family asks that you make a donation to the KEA Retired First District for Arletta  Kennedy Scholarship Fund, % Charlotte Benton, 3705 Apperson Rd., Kevil, Ky. 42053.
Due to Covid restrictions, a celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

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Roger and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers and thoughts. May God wrap you in peace.

Peggy Allgood Dec 3 2020 12:00 AM

Roger, I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers during this. time.

Amy Elmore Dec 3 2020 12:00 AM

you and your knowledge will be missed, got to know you when I worked at McCracken school system and even better thru KEA , will miss your advice and guidance.

Dale beck Nov 30 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Arletta Kennedy

Carolyn Skinner Nov 29 2020 12:00 AM

Have such fond memories of this sweet lady from when I worked at Heath Elementary and had children at Heath Middle School She was a joy to know

Carolyn Skinner Nov 29 2020 12:00 AM

Arletta & her family were our friends & neighbors many years ago in Metropolis, IL. We would like to send our sympathy to the Behrendt family during this sorrowful time.

The Pratte Family Nov 27 2020 12:00 AM

Roger and the entire family my deepest sympathies. Arletta not only taught math to the youth in our community but the more valuable lessons of love, kindness and selflessness through her life. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Ruby Rodgers Nov 26 2020 12:00 AM

Roger, Lisa, Bryan and Lindsey, Please know that we all share your sorrow. She touched so many lives in such a positive way - she was just a gem - my personal friend - but a friend to all. Thankful for the many good memories and I pray that those good memories will sustain you now and in the days ahead. Sending my love to you all because she loved you all dearly.

Jane Humphrey Nov 25 2020 12:00 AM