Born in Orange, California, to Don and Rachel Kennedy on July 1, 1947, she was an Orange County resident until 1972. She married college sweetheart Dr. Jim Jennison on March 23, 1970, in Santa Ana. They just celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary.
Kay earned a bachelor’s degree in speech and communications at Westmont College in 1969, a master’s degree in education from Chapman College in 1970, an elementary teaching credential and a real estate broker’s license. She taught for 10 years at Hamilton School in Anza, took several years doing volunteer work and began her real estate career in 1988. She owned and operated Kay Realty for the past nine years.
Throughout her 45 years as an Idyllwild resident, she was actively involved in the Community Presbyterian Church serving in the Guild and the Thrift Shop, teaching Sunday school and singing in the choir.
She is survived by her husband Jim; her mother Rachel (age 97); brothers Bob Kennedy and Charlie Kennedy; and nieces and nephews Andria Martin, Travis Anderson, Nick Anderson, Christopher Kennedy and Kelly Chase.
Kay had boundless energy. She loved to help people and she touched many lives. She loved her husband, her family, her home and garden, her church, and herding cattle on horseback in Colorado. And most of all, she loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
In lieu of flowers, Kay would prefer donations to the Idyllwild Community Presbyterian Church Missions Fund, P.O. Box 537, Idyllwild, CA 92549.