Regina Gail Kennedy (Gina) passed away peacefully at her home in Cold Spring, KY on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 after battling cancer for 6 months. She was born 3 months premature on June 16, 1957 in Covington, KY to Stanley and Imogene (Odor) Kennedy, now deceased. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by oldest brother Raymond and his wife Donna. Surviving her are: brother Terry (Charlene) Kennedy and sister Jeannette Kennedy both of Alexandria, KY, niece Beverly (David) Fess of Avon, OH, nephew Donald (Karla) Kennedy of Butler, KY, niece Jamie Kennedy of Covington, KY, nephew Jason Kennedy of Chicago, IL, niece Jennifer (Josh) Woods of Union, KY and great nieces and nephews, Brady (Emily) Kennedy, Taylor (McKinley) Heflin, A’lon and Alexandra McIntyre, Kennedy, Charlee Jo, Tobin, and Joshua Woods and yet-to-be-born great great niece/nephew Baby Heflin. Many cousins, aunts and uncles, and dear friends survive and will miss her, too.
Gina graduated from Campbell County schools, going on to earn her Bachelor of Music degree from Cincinnati Bible College and Master of Arts in Education from Mount St. Joseph University. Her 31-year career as an elementary music educator was with Norwood (OH) City Schools, specifically Allison Elementary and then Norwood View Elementary. In addition to her teaching career, she enjoyed participating in the orchestra of Norwood High School music productions, the praise band of White Oak Christian Church, and the travel choir of Northern Kentucky Community Choir.
Gina thrived in learning about animal behavior and dog training, collecting a library of books on the subject and even completing a Certificate with Animal Behavior College which included hands-on apprenticeships with local animal specialists. She practiced with her own pets (dogs and cats), but she especially just enjoyed their snuggles and unconditional love.
The summer of 1991 changed Gina’s life as she discovered and longed for the majesty and beauty of the mountains, especially the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Beginning in 1999 her travel partner Judy Pratt was first introduced to the joys of tent camping during summer breaks while Gina still taught and then fall trips at Carlson’s Lodge – Twin Mountain after retirement. She was able to make her last trip to visit host/owners Carol Carlson Cunningham and son Will in June 2023 following her cancer diagnosis.
Gina was active and faithful to God with both Plum Creek Christian Church (Butler, KY) and White Oak Christian Church (Cincinnati, OH) during her life. Additional memberships with Appalachian Mountain Club and American Orff Schulwerk Association expressed her varied passions in life.
Celebration of Life arrangements are under the direction of Peoples Funeral Home of Butler, KY. Visitation will be held Sunday, November 26, 1-3pm with Service to follow at 3pm at Plum Creek Christian Church, Butler, KY.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to any of these organizations Gina supported and believed in:
Camp Northward, https://www.campnorthward.org
New International, https://www.newinternational.org/give/campaign/will-and-tanja-white
Bill’s Race/The Amyloidosis Center, mail to Carol Cunningham, P.O. Box 350, Twin Mountain, NH 03595
Northern Lights Sled Dog Rescue, P.O. Box 7281, Greenwood, IN 46142