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Deborah S. Kennedy

Deborah S. Kennedy

November 2, 1954 - September 22, 2017     Age: 62

Deborah Kennedy, 62, passed away on Friday, September 22nd, 2017, after a brave battle with cancer. Formerly of Camden County, and originally from Washington, DC, Deborah has been a resident of Fernandina Beach for more than ten years.

Deborah is preceded in death by her parents, Dean and Robert Stein, of St. Simons Island, GA. She is survived by her daughter, Leila Baldwin, and her husband, Benjamin of Windsor, CO; beloved granddaughters Annalise Kennedy of Woodbine, GA and Estie, and Alta Baldwin of Windsor, CO; her brother Douglas Stein of Washington, DC; nephews Jonathan and Alexander Stein, both of New York City, NY and many extended family members and friends.

After a successful career in real estate, and while teaching Sunday School at First United Methodist Church of Kingsland, GA, Deborah felt the call to become an educator. She did her undergraduate work at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, GA and Armstrong State University in Savannah, GA. She eventually went on to earn her Master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University and teach Honors English at Camden Middle School in Kingsland, GA where she was adored by students and fellow teachers alike. It was not uncommon for students to pop into Ms. Kennedy’s classroom years after being taught by her, just to say hello and get a hug.

Deborah enjoyed traveling and spending time with friends. She will forever be remembered for her quick wit, her sense of style, and her ability to light up a room with her smile.

Services for Deborah will be held on Saturday, October 7th at 2:00 PM, in the Burgess Chapel of Oxley Heard Funeral Directors, 1305 Atlantic Avenue in Fernandina Beach with Rev. Sean Strachan officiating.

Her family will receive friends beginning at 1:00 PM.

She will be laid to rest at Oak Grove Cemetery in St. Mary’s, GA beside her parents.

The family asks that you remember Deborah by donations to Community Hospice and Palliative Care of Fernandina Beach, to whom the family would like to extend their deepest gratitude.



10 Condolences

  • Gloria Posted September 26, 2017 6:41 am

    So very sorry to hear of Deborah’s passing. I will always remember her as one of the sweetest and kindest people I had ever met. My heartfelt prayers are with her family.

  • Jackie Roberts Posted September 26, 2017 1:49 pm

    Ms. Kennedy was such a kind,& beautiful person I always look for her to come to lunch in the cafeteria just to speak & talk to her. Sending my deepest Sympathy to her family.

  • Michelle Carle Posted September 26, 2017 10:08 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of my friends passing. She was such a lovely lady inside and out. Rest in peace my friend. Prayers for her sweet family.

  • Tom and Kay McClendon Posted September 26, 2017 11:31 pm

    We are both so sorry to hear about Ms. Kennedy. Deborah was a great teacher whose students loved her very much. Her humor, kindness, and dedication to teaching made her one of the best. May God rest her soul. We send our prayers for her family in this sad time. We are blessed to have known her.

  • Betty Nielsen Posted September 27, 2017 1:02 pm

    A beautiful person gone too soon.

  • Claressa Shirah Posted September 27, 2017 5:33 pm

    Mrs.Kennedy was a sweet caring person. I met when I was employed at Camden Middle School. May she rest in piece. My deepest sympathy to the family. Claressa Shirah SC

  • Sherri Hall Posted September 27, 2017 7:53 pm

    So very sorry to hear about Deborah’s passing….prayers for her family

  • Deborah Hayes Posted September 28, 2017 1:34 pm

    Prayers for peace and comfort to her family and friends. We all will miss her! She had such a remarkable ability to make people smile.

  • Brenda and Ronald Logan Posted October 1, 2017 5:50 pm

    May our Lord bless and comfort Ms.Kenney’s day during this time.Please accept our sincere condolences.

  • Susan Dahl Posted October 4, 2017 9:02 pm

    Oh my gosh, I just found out today. I am so heartbroken. Deborah lived beside us in Amelia Park and she always had such a big smile on her face. We would always have a nice chat whenever we saw each other outside. Her granddaughter would come to visit and i would give her art supplies to enjoy. God Bless her family. Deborah, your beautiful spirt lives on.

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