Nancy Kennedy looks foward to looking back
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By Rose Marie Nielsen
One can find Nancy Kennedy by walking down the steps inside the Court House and crossing the hallway. There you will find her among the treasures of McNairy County History. If you are a voter, which hopefully, all of us over the age of 18 are, you may remember seeing her in the election office down the hall from her current assignment.
After high school, Nancy married and had three children with whom she maintains regular contact. Indeed she maintains regular contact as much as possible with all her descendants. She has nine grandchildren and four great granddaughters. She makes it a point to have a photograph taken of herself with her grandchildren on a yearly basis. Nancy related that she recently contacted a granddaughter on Facebook. Her granddaughter currently lives in Memphis. She contacted her granddaughter and suggested they be friends through Facebook. Personally, I was impressed that one of older vintage was actually using the new computer craze called Facebook. Nancy replied that Facebook is not just for the young. Facebook is for everyone.
Nancy is a woman of many interests, many gifts and many accomplishments. She has always had a job she says. For years she worked at the Latta Ford automobile business. Note: the building, which is across the street from the Courthouse, is currently being renovated. Nancy worked there until Latta died. She worked for 20 years for the Election Commission during which time she was Administrator for 18 years until she retired in 2008. Her office was in the Courthouse across the street from the old Latta Ford place. Nancy has also worked in the Records Office on the bottom floor of the Courthouse.
Nancy loves to write, and was Chairwoman of the “Reflections’ Committee which produced a history of McNairy County. The resulting local history book was published in 1995. Nancy has used her writing skills by reading histories of local churches and then writing an abstract or condensed version of the historical contents. These may be seen in the Records Office. Nancy also wrote and printed a cook book called Mamma’s Cooking.
Nancy has always had a hobby. In addition to writing, she has also dabbled in art. She has produced pencil sketches of some of her writings, and she has also worked with oil paints and photography.
In 1992, Nancy became particularly interested in her own genealogy. As she puts it: I wanted to know “From whence I came”. Among her finds, was the fact that she is from family groups whose last names are Hooker and Wardlow among others. She is a sixth generation native of McNairy County. She traced her ancestry back to the 1830’s when they traveled around in Alabama and Tennessee looking for a place to settle. Nancy’s roots are deep. She says she knows where she will be buried too. Right along side her parents and grandparents. Her greatest long time interests are in her personal genealogy and in the history of McNairy County.
Nancy has taken in a stray dog now and then. Her favorite pet was the Labrador who would stay right on the front step and wait for her return after an absence. Currently, Nancy has the care of a small Miniature Pincher.
Nancy has an interesting life story. There are a couple of things among her thoughts which particularly stand out in my mind. One of them is that “love doesn’t cost anything”. Another is that when reporting about some of her studies of area churches, she related that a particular church would begin its services with an invocation in which peace is called for. This was followed by time to gather oneself in peace. Don’t we all need to do that very thing today, everyday. Peace within and among ourselves. Peace within our community. And peace upon our planet.
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