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Ana Maria Kennedy

Posted By Hall-Wynne On February 23, 2013 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | No Comments

DURHAM-Ana Maria Kennedy, 61, of Durham died Saturday, February 23, 2013 at home. Ana was the daughter of the late Antonio Beamud and Anita Piera Beamud.

Born in Queens, New York, she earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Spanish from the State University of New York at Albany and a Ph.D. in Golden Age Literature from Duke University. She taught Spanish for almost 20 years at North Carolina State University, winning numerous awards for excellence in teaching.

Ana is survived by her husband, Christopher Kennedy, her daughter, Marion Kennedy and fiancé, Bryan Amos of Durham; her son, Joseph Kennedy of Atlanta; her sister, Cristina Beamud of Boston; her brother, Anthony Beamud of Valley Stream, NY.

A graveside service will be 11:00 am Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery with Fr. William McConville OFM officiating.

Friends may visit from 4:00-6:00pm Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, 1113 W. Main Street, Durham, NC 27701.

Memorial contributions may be made to Duke Homecare & Hospice, 4321 Medical Park Dr., Durham, NC 27704 or to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

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Condolences for the family of “Ana Maria Kennedy”

Condolence from Betty Jones on February 25th, 2013 12:00 am

Marion, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

Condolence from Walt Wolfram on February 25th, 2013 12:00 am

Such a wonderful and caring person. We worked together as advisors to the Park Scholars Program for several years and became friends forever. We were inspired by her generous spirit and care for the students and our family. She was always there for us. She leaves a rich legacy that will be with her students and friends forever. We loved you, Ana.

Condolence from Allison Hauser on February 25th, 2013 12:00 am

To all who knew Ana: my thoughts are with you, especially the Kennedy family. Traveling to Spain with Ana as a student, spending time with her as our Park Scholar mentor, and knowing her as a wonderful friend, mentor and trusted confidant, I am full of joy at what she gave to all of us as students and friends. It is hard to put how special she was in to words. Thank you, Ana. We love you.

Condolence from Marge Wolfram on February 25th, 2013 12:00 am

Ana, I will always cherish how kind you were to Walt and me and how caring you were towards my family. I will remember your sense of humor with your students and your patience with them as they sought your counsel for their many concerns.

I will remember your hospitality and Chris’ wonderful meals. I will cherish the Christmas memories of visits, conversations and laughter by the lighted trees.

Oh Ana, you left us too soon. You were a dear friend and we are all better because of it.


Condolence from cathy Crossland on February 25th, 2013 12:00 am

It was my honor to be a colleague of Ana Kennedy at NC State for two decades. Ana was a magnificent teacher. She was gentle in manner, curious and accomplished in intellect, kind and compassionate with words and acts, passionate in advocacy for social justice, and fiercely loyal to and supportive of friends. She gave far more than she ever sought or claimed from this world. Her beloved Chris, Joe and Marion held her heart and comforted her soul. The words of one of Ana’s favorite Spanish poets, Juan Ramón Jiménez, capture the loss of those of us who were graced to be in the presence of this beautiful woman:

Oh, what sound of gold going,
of gold now going to eternity;
how sad our ear, to have to hear
that gold that is going to eternity,
this silence that is going to remain
without its gold that is going to eternity!

With respect, love and gratitude
Cathy Crossland

Condolence from Maidi Hall on February 26th, 2013 12:00 am

Another of Ana’s legacies–a frivolous one, maybe–is the mah jongg group that she started in Duke’s Campus Club. As her affliction progressed she knew it would be good therapy, as it was for those of us who learned to play the game with her. Each time we get together for a game we remember Ana with love and gratitude. What a relief for her and for her family and friends that her suffering is now over and her soul is at peace.

Condolence from Janice Waterman on March 1st, 2013 12:00 am

Hi there- I was in a class of Ana’s after returning after many years to complete my Spanish degree. She was delightful. I recall one day the topic turned to our dreams/ fantasies. I asked Ana what one of hers was. And she said one of hers was to be in a practice session with Billy Joel. I can’t remember who was going to be doing the singing and who was going to be doing the

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