Marie Elizabeth Tully Kennedy, age 93, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2018, accompanied by family during her final days. Born July 15, 1924 in Elizabeth NJ, Marie was the daughter of Agnes Savage Tully and John Joseph Tully.
She grew up on Bond Street in Elizabeth, NJ and attended Sacred Heart High School. Marie found her soul mate on that very street where she lived, marrying James R. “Bud” Kennedy. The couple moved to Thompson Ave., in Roselle, NJ, and started their family. In the sunny shadows of Warninaco Park, they raised two wonderful children, Rosemarie (married to Jim Darlington) and James R. “Jim” Kennedy Jr. (married to Norma J. Howard). Marie attended St. Joseph the Carpenter Church in Roselle.
In 1982, Marie and Bud bought a quaint, beachfront apartment in Siesta Key, making their home on the world’s most beautiful beach years before it became a destination known to tourists. Bud passed in 1989, and for the next 30 years, Marie would continue to call Siesta Key home. She walked the beach daily. She loved sunsets. And she enjoyed chatting with the people who vacationed where she called home.
But even more than the beach, she loved her family. She loved watching her grandchildren, Colleen Darlington Calhoun, Jimmy Darlington, Jeff Darlington, Sara Kennedy Athans and Megan Kennedy Dobiesz grow. She loved getting to know their spouses, Sean Calhoun, Theresa Ward Darlington, Lori Legg Darlington, Kevin Athans and Aaron Dobiesz and loved holding and playing with her nine great grandchildren, Jack, James, Abby, Logan, Henry, Ryder, William, Eli and Kate. She would often express her pride that all five grandchildren graduated from high school as members of National Honor Society and all graduated college.
For the past three years, as dementia caused a need to be assisted by loved ones, she was cared for by Norma and Jim Kennedy in their loving home. Marie was predeceased by her brothers, John, Raymond and William Tully. Her nieces Patricia and Aleta have always had a special place in her heart, as did her “other” daughter, Rosemarie’s best friend, Ann Burns O’Holla.
The sun may have set on her wonderful life here with us, but her memory will always be as colorful as the Siesta Key sky.