ROCKLAND – Linda M. Kennedy, 79, died peacefully at her home, surrounded by her loving family Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021.

Born in South Portland, July 31, 1942, she was the daughter of Roland and Larraine Bourque Libby.

A hard worker her entire life, Linda began her long career as a caregiver and homemaker at the tender age of 15, when her own mother died. She selflessly stepped in and helped raised her five younger brothers.

On Feb. 12, 1960, Linda married the love of her life, Henry Kennedy, who was home on leave from the Army. Linda and Henry returned to Germany, with their family grew. Together, they welcomed two sons and a daughter.

While living in Germany, Linda enjoyed dirt track racing in the Powder Puff league. Winning many trophies, she became one of the top female drivers.

Throughout their life, Linda supported her husband and family during his military career. A devoted wife and mother, she loved sewing, often making clothing for her children. They all recalled with great fondness the dresses and tuxes she made for their proms.

She and Henry enjoyed going to ‘Beano’ several times a week. Although they never got a honeymoon, they were thrilled to spend a two week R&R in Hawai’i after they were married and Henry was stationed in Vietnam.

Later in life, she loved nothing more than spending time with her grandchildren, even taking them to Disney World on more than one occasion.

Her kind heart and generosity will be missed by all who loved her.

She was predeceased by her husband in June 2020; four brothers Ricky, Bobby, Bill and Mike Libby, and daughter-in-law Andrea Kennedy.

Linda is survived by sons Thomas Kennedy and his wife Candace of Thomaston, Joseph Kennedy and his wife Heidi of Rockland; daughter Susie Kennedy and her companion Peter Benson of Rockland; brother Roland ‘Joe’ Libby of Milo; five grandchildren Autumn Hollingshead and her husband Zak, Thomas Kennedy II and his wife Amber, Linda Rackliff, Eileen Johnson and her husband Kenny, and James Kennedy; seven great-grandchildren Trenton Hollingshead, Damien and Christian Humiston, Clara and Ben Theberge, Darian Johnson, and Emerson Kennedy; as well as several nieces and nephews.

A graveside celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 6, at Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Mount Vernon Road, Augusta.

To share a memory or condolence with the Kennedy family, visit their Book of Memories at bchfh.com.