Myrtle E. (Smith, Trowbridge) Kennedy, 95, passed to a better place Aug. 11, 2012, at the Bradford Co. Manor, Troy, Pa.
She was born June 10, 1917, at home on Bailey Creek Road, Rutland Township, Tioga County, Pa. Except for a brief time in Long Island, N.Y., when she was first married, she spent her entire life in Tioga County.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert W. and Mary L. (McClure) Trowbridge, of Wellsboro, and Donald W. and Brenda L. (House) Trowbridge, of Blossburg; one son-in-law, Carl L. Matteson, of Tioga; one stepson and stepdaughter-in-law, Ronald and AnnJeanette Kennedy, of Columbia Cross Roads, Pa.; two stepdaughters and stepsons-in-law, Doris (Kennedy) and Wayne Straw, of Lansing, N.Y., and Lorene (Kennedy) and Robert Beals, of Columbia Cross Roads; 11 grandchildren; 17 stepgrandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 33 stepgreat-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; 26 stepgreat-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents, Walter H. and Nora (Stone) Smith; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Boyd B. and E. Pearl Smith, Warren B. and Harriet Smith, and Wilbur F. and Irene Smith; a sister and brother-in-law, Judson and Geraldine (Smith) Brewer; infant sister, Iva Smith; an infant son, Richard H. Trowbridge; her daughter, Cheryl M. (Trowbridge) Matteson in 2009; her husband of 46 years and the father of her four children, Harrison B. Trowbridge, also on Aug. 11, 1979; and her second husband of 13 happy years, giving her a wonderful stepfamily, Gerald Kennedy in 2001.
She was a devout Christian, belonging to the Roseville Baptist Church all the years she lived in the Roseville area, and was very active in the Church activities. When she moved to Mansfield she joined the Canoe Camp Church of Christ where she was an active member until the recent years, when her health didn't permit her to do so. She made many, many lifetime friends over the years, outliving too many of them.
She was a farmer's wife for over 30 years until they sold the farm on Bailey Creek Road and moved to Mansfield, where she worked at Sour's Variety 5 & 10 until it closed, then worked as a cook at the Mansfield McDonalds when it first opened. She worked last at the Hilltop Fabric Store for her son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Mary Trowbridge.
Friends will be received from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, at Wilston's Funeral Home, 130 S. Main St., Mansfield, Pa. Funeral services at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Deborah Casey officiating. Interment will follow at Watson Cemetery Roseville, Pa.