February 26, 1928 - November 10, 2022
Jean Eleanor Eisenhart Kennedy, 94, of Cumming, Ga., passed quietly on Nov. 10, 2022. She joined her sweet husband of 70 years, Dave, and is singing with the Angels.
Born Feb. 26, 1928, in Lewistown, the fourth child and second daughter of Joseph and Lylie Eisenhart, Jean was born 14 years after her sister Ruth and five years after her brother Bill. Jean favored her mother in temperament and grace. It was said she could make $1 look like $100 just by wearing it. Like her mother she was full of grace and dignity. However, she was the apple of her father’s eye. Joe Eisenhart was her lifetime hero and her blueprint for a man of character. Dave’s sister introduced Jean at Eastern Star and Dave called her for a date, which led to an engagement at Christmas in 1951. Sadly, her beloved father passed away in the spring of 1952 before his time. Dave had enlisted in the Army and was in basic training. They eloped while Dave was home on leave before he shipped to Germany with the US Army. She lived with her mother and frequently visited Dave’s family in Allensville. After an honorable discharge Dave ultimately took a job in the animal feed industry and they lived in Columbia, Pa., where all three children were born. Dave and Jean met their future business partner and they moved to Beltsville, Md., to start up Chesapeake Feed. Dave concentrated on the business while Jean cared for their three children. Dave counted on Jean as a sounding board for the business to help him solve the problems that come with running a business. They lived the All-American life outside of Washington.
Dave and Jean bought out their partner and together formed such a reputation for Specialty Animal Feeds that the Washington Post featured their products in their annual review for bird watchers. fter the children were old enough Jean joined Dave in the business and kept the books. Dave and Jean sold the business in 1993 and retired. Jean also volunteered in the community at her church, the local schools, the National Lutheran Home and the Republican Party. A highlight of her service was an invitation to the White House by the Reagan Administration.
In 1999 Dave and Jean moved to Cumming where they found Jean’s dream home. The three bedroom ranch in Chattahoochee River Club was a perfect reward of a successful career. Dave blogged quotes, jokes, philosophy, scripture and more daily to family and friends. Dave curated the content and would read the choices to Jean. She would select the winner for the daily email.
Jean Eleanor Eisenhart Kennedy will best be remembered for her fierce loyalty and love for her family. If she claimed you then you were under her protection. Her family will miss her sorely. She is survived by her daughter JoAnn Flanagan and husband Paul, daughter Jane Emerson and husband Clint, son, David Kennedy and wife, Donna; her grandchildren, Cate Flanagan (James Sofetti), Eric Flanagan, Lindsey Baker (Jamie), Colin Emerson (Lila), Michal Emerson (Christine), Kelli Kennedy, Nick Biermann and Matthew Kennedy; great- grandchildren, Rosalee, Clark, Margot Jane and Lily Anne.
Her funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022, at Allensville Community Church with Pastor Tyler Covert officiating. Burial will take place following the service at Allensville Presbyterian Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the care of Henderson Funeral Home, Belleville. Online condolences may be offered at: www.hendersonfuneralhomes.net.