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Opal Kennicutt, 88 - April 23, 2008


Opal Ardell Kennicutt, 88, of Gothenburg died Tuesday, April 15, 2008, at Gothenburg.
Memorial services were held on Friday, April 18, at the First United Methodist Church of Gothenburg with the Rev. Randy Dilts officiating. Inurnment took place at the Viola Cemetery at Eddyville.
Kennicutt was born Feb. 27, 1920, at Overton, to Frank E. and Lucille A. (Furby) Chandler.
She graduated from Eddyville High School in 1938 and lived at Eddyville until moving to Gothenburg in 1965.
On Oct. 2, 1937, she was united in marriage to Francis Allen “Kip” Kennicutt at Grand Island. To this union, five children were born.
She was first and foremost a farmwife and mother, according to family members. She also worked as a cook at the Gothenburg Hospital from 1964-1971, and at Gothenburg Public Schools from 1971-78.
Kennicutt and her husband, Kip, had owned and operated Kip’s Drive-In restaurant in Gothenburg.
She had volunteered for many organizations including the Gothenburg Senior Center.
Kennicutt was a member of the United Methodist Church and was active in their Women’s Group, Quilt Guild, circle, choir and was a Sunday School teacher as well.
She enjoyed music, quilting, garage sales, gardening and her grandchildren, said family members.
?Kennicutt was preceded in death by: her husband, Francis “Kip” in 1986; her parents, Frank and Lucille; a sister, Dorothy Chandler; two granddaughters—Terry Knott and Kimberly Kennicutt; a grandson, Robbie Kennicutt; great-grandson, Drew Kennicutt.
Survivors include: her three sons—Richard (Linda) of Lexington, Robert (Kay) of Eddyville, and Roger (Cathy) of Gothenburg; two daughters—Sherill Neben of Lexington and Sharon (Ken) Hanks of Hurricane, UT; 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Gothenburg Senior Center landscaping fund and the United Methodist Church building fund.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blase strauser.com. Arrangements have been placed in the care of Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg.

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