Virginia “Ginger” Evelyn (Reed) Kennedy of Mountain Grove, Missouri, was born in Douglas County, Missouri, July 4, 1940, to Elmer and Imogene (Dailey) Reed. From the age of two, Virginia was raised by Elmer and Inda Anna Reed. Virginia went to be with Jesus on November 13, 2020, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston, Missouri. She was 80 years of age.
Virginia lived in Douglas County and attended Cabool schools until she got married to Glen Kennedy on September 10, 1956. Three children, Glenda, Edward “Buddy” and Paul, were born to this marriage. They raised their family and made their home for 57 years until Glen’s passing in 2014. Virginia worked in various locations throughout the area where she got to use her many God-given talents and her beautiful personality in her work. In 2015, Virginia married John McGownd, who was a loving and faithful partner to her.
Virginia enjoyed cooking, hosting, visiting with her loved ones, supporting her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids, and attending church and worshiping the Lord. Her family can attest to the fact that it wasn’t unheard of to sit next to a stranger at Thanksgiving dinner because Virginia wanted everyone to have a place to go.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles “Glen” Kennedy; one son, Edward “Buddy” Kennedy; her mother, Inda Anna Reed-Dobson; one brother, Dallas Reed; and one sister, Shirley Reed.
Virginia is survived by her husband, John McGownd of the home, and a large family and lots of friends. She is survived by her kids, Glenda Kentner and husband Ronnie of West Plains, Missouri, and Paul Kennedy and wife Debbie of Vanzant, Missouri; her stepchildren, Kathy Gnatek and husband Bill of Lockport, Illinois, Lisa Sniegowski and husband Russell of Arizona, and David McGownd and wife Rhonda of Fort Collins, Colorado; her siblings, Sharon Vandivort and husband Bill of Houston, Geneva Scheets and husband Benny of Cabool, sister-in-law Patty Reed of Cabool, Junior Reed and wife Pat of Mountain Grove, Janice Duke and husband Duane of Mountain Grove, and Billy Reed of Lebanon, Missouri; her grandchildren, Chris Kentner and wife Toni of Mountain View, Missouri, Joey Kentner of West Plains, Katie Kentner of Ozark, Missouri, Dustin Kennedy of Kansas, Paul Edward Kennedy and wife Beth of Drury, Missouri, Kytle Gibson of Mountain Grove, Atasha Gibson of Success, Missouri, Kenny Gibson and wife Heather of Mountain Grove, Kevin Gibson and wife Jennifer of Oklahoma, Tammy Burdic and husband Jerry of Lebanon, Missouri, David Ward of Grovespring, Missouri, Kimberly Scott and husband Jeremy of Springfield, Missouri, several step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandchild, all of whom she loved deeply.
Private graveside services were held at Fairview Cemetery in Douglas County, Missouri, with Rev. Ed Williamson officiating. Chris Kentner, Joey Kentner, Paul Edward Kennedy, Kenny Gibson, and Charles Kennedy served as pallbearers. Song selections were “You Raise Me Up,” “Go Rest High On That Mountain,” and “Dancing In The Sky.” Burial was in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mountain Grove. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association in care of the funeral home.