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joanne kennedyJoanne Scott Kennedy, 86, died January 1, 2016.

A Williamsburg resident since 1961, she was born to Robert L. and Mary Scott on February 5, 1929 in Charleston, S.C.

She was a poet and writer, a 1949 graduate of the University of Maryland, former reference librarian at the Williamsburg Regional Library and book reviewer for the Daily Press, Virginian-Pilot and New York Times.

Joanne was predeceased by her daughter Mary (2011) and her brother, Robert L. Scott.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 66 years, Robert Kennedy; her children, Charles Kennedy (Marina), Joan Kennedy, Nancy Byrd (Bob), Keyne Stanford (Rob), Catherine Steever (Dan), Rose Kennedy (Wade Slate), and Amy Witsil (Matt); 24 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and her sisters, Kathleen McFarland and Rosemary Scott.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 at Bucktrout of Williamsburg, 4124 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at St. Olaf Catholic Church, 104 Norge Ln., Williamsburg, VA 23188.

Interment will be private at Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Bucktrout of Williamsburg.

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