Stella Ann Kennedy was born on February 26, 1936 in Mexico, Missouri to William Armstrong Kennedy and Catherine Hardin Pulis Kennedy. Stella graduated from Martinsburg High School in 1952 and moved to Rockford, Illinois to become a secretary. Stella married Lawrence Sanders in 1955. Stella and Lawrence had two children; Timothy in 1957 and Lisa in 1959. Stella continued working in the business world as a secretary and administrative assistant. In 1961 the family traveled to Denver, Colorado and then in 1969 the family returned to Montgomery City, Missouri. Stella learned the teletype and stenograph and thrived in the business world. She loved country music and attended many concerts and met many stars with backstage passes. She wrote a song “Belinda” which was made into a 45 rpm record. Larry, a watchmaker took one of the records and made it into a keepsake clock.
In 1980 Stella was a contestant on a game show in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1985, Larry passed away from a rare blood disorder and Stella returned to Denver, Colorado. Stella became a publicist for a novelist, Ralph Compton who wrote western novels. They traveled all over the US for his book signings and promotions. Her favorite trip was to the Crystal Cathedral. She had her own country music newsletter that she put out monthly. As she neared retirement age, Stella began working with senior citizens, helping with shopping, meals and household chores. Stella also began writing poetry. She received many awards and trophies for her poems, and had a book published called “Moments” which is a collection of her favorite original poems. Stella had a full and eventful life, she was one who would take charge and make things happen.
When Stella moved into her 80’s, things began to become more difficult for her. Several disease processes began to battle her quality of life. Stella became infected with the Covid-19 virus in February of 2021, and through a serious of events that followed, she passed away peacefully on May 10, 2022. May she rest in peace with Jesus, her Savior.
Stella is survived by her children: Timothy (Barbara Christen) Sanders of Las Animas, CO and Lisa (Kenneth Wilcox) Walsh of Eads, CO. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, 3 sisters and 1 brother. Stella is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lawrence, 1 sister, 1granddaughter and 2 great grandchildren.
Friends and family can register online condolences and sign the guestbook at www.brownfuneraldirectors.com. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Brown Funeral Home in Eads.