Surrounded by family, Denise B. Kennedy, 61, found serenity on Sept. 6, 2009, as she drifted to sleep for the last time in a Boise hospital from an unexpected aneurysm.
Denise is survived by her husband Lowell (Butch), her mother Ruby Bower, two sons, Lowell and William (Scott), sisters Dee Ewing and Max Bower, brother Lee Bower, several nieces and nephews, friends across the country whom she held dear, and, of course Jack, who misses her immensely.
Denise was insistent that once her husband was done with the military two things would happen: first, live in Idaho to be close to the family she loved, and second, never climb in an airplane again. Helping people and being a pillar of strength for her family gave her a deep sense of satisfaction, and she was vocal in supporting consumer rights and the humane treatment of animals. She never hesitated to give her opinion, and always looked for the best in things. Denise took great pride in her job with the State of Idaho, and strove to give a personal touch to what could sometimes appear to be a faceless or uncaring bureaucracy. She was one of the fortunate people that took pleasure in going to work because she both enjoyed her duties and the company of her co-workers.
In keeping with her wishes for a simple, informal gathering, a memorial will be held at the Mountain Home Senior Center at 1000 N. 3rd East St. (587 4562) on Saturday, Sept. 19, at 1 p.m. Lunch and refreshments will be served.
The family requests that any donations be made to the Best Friends Animal Society, Idaho Food Bank, Life Flight Air Ambulance, your local animal shelter or the charity of your choice.
Dennie, you are deeply and terribly missed, and will be in our hearts forever.