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Patricia Ann Means Kennedy

  Patricia Ann Kennedy was born August 10, 1934 in Corning, Iowa to Oscar Means and Merle (Caruth) Means. Patricia entered eternal rest on Saturday, November 5, 2011, at Alegent Health Mercy Hospital in Corning, Iowa at the age of 77 years old.

After graduating from high school in Corning in 1953, she worked as a long distance operator for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company in Des Moines, Iowa. On January 7, 1956 she married Seaman third class William D. Baker at Makalapa Chapel in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. They lived in Hawaii for two years. After Bill’s discharge they moved to Anacortes, Washington. Four years later they moved to Santa Ana, California where Bill could pursue a career in commercial art. Bill was an artist for the Orange county superintendent of schools’ printing office until his death in 1964.

Pat and their three children moved to Corning. She married Edward Kennedy in 1967 and the family moved to Mount Ayr, Iowa.  They divorced in 1978.

Pat returned to work for Northwestern Bell (later US West Communications) in Des Moines as a toll investigator. She was promoted to management in 1987 and was transferred to Omaha, Nebraska as a business analyst. Pat retired in 1996 and returned to Corning to make her home.

Pat was an active member of Saint Patrick Catholic Church, Saint Patrick Alter Society, The House of History and the Adams County Genealogical Society. She enjoyed tracing her family tree, history and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and their families.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William Baker; sister, Barbara Johnson, and brother-in-law, Larry Baker.

She is survived by her children, Barb (Rick) Supinger of Redding, Iowa, Carla (Roger) Gregg of Tingley, Iowa and Bill (Sherrie) Baker of Creston, Iowa; seven grandchildren, Rachel McDaniel, Ryan McDaniel, Billy Baker, Patrick Baker, Casy Baker, Kaylee Baker and Sara Baker; five great-grandchildren; her very special friend, Howard (Lindy) Stargell; brother-in-law, Bernard Johnson, Jr. of Camdenton, Missouri; brothers and sisters-in-law: Larry (Donna) Baker of Anacortes, Washington, Jim (Verna) Baker of Anacortes, Washington and Karen (Nick) Dubuque of Lilliwaup, Washington, and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Mass of Christian burial services were held on Friday, November 11, 2011, with Father Lazarus Kirigia officiating at Pearson Family Funeral Service of Corning.  Memorials may be directed to the Corning Public Library; Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church and/or Saint Joseph Indian School in Chamberlain, South Dakota. On-line condolences may be left at

Pearson Family Funeral Service was in charge of the arrangements.

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