Memorial for Audrey Rock Kennedy
Born in California on Oct. 17, 1928
resided in San Pedro, California.
Green Hills Memorial Park
Please click on the links above for locations, times, maps, and directions.
The Life and Love of Audrey Rock Kennedy
Anyone who shared in the life of Audrey Rock Kennedy over her 92 years enjoyed her warmth
and joy of life. Audrey was born to Edith and Raymond Rock and raised in the 7 th Ward of New
Orleans, along with her siblings Raymond, Edith, Doris and Helen. Her famed culinary skills were
honed in New Orleans and accounted for her coveted gumbo and crab dishes.
Audrey was a scholar and educator. She graduated from Tuskegee Institute in 3 years, earned a
Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, and taught kindergarten for 37 years.
Generations of young children were instilled with her desire to learn.
While at Tuskegee, Audrey met Fred Kennedy and they married, moved to LA/San Pedro and
raised their family. Fred and Audrey were married until 2014, when Fred passed, marking 66
years of a remarkable and resilient partnership.
Her relationships with friends were as significant as her family. She was known to join lifelong
friends in Vegas for some probability practice on slot machines beginning with quarters. Then
Virgie, her BFF, showed her the probability of increased earnings by playing the dollar
machines. They were high rollers and she realized her investment with a $5000 win. Once.
Audrey was the nurturing mom to us all. If you were related or extended family, Audrey’s
wisdom, empathy, and hospitality invited you into her home. Gracious and strong, her annual
anniversary parties were the place to be featuring the aforementioned gumbo and crab treats,
famous chicken wings, German chocolate cakes and her delicious brownies. And there was
always the after party where she worked the room, spreading her love and goodness. She could
also step in and manage one child’s birthday party when his mom, cousin Cookie, had to be
rushed to hospital to deliver another grandchild. See’s Candy alone was the key to Audrey’s
heart and the way to win her favor forever.
As mom to Katheryn (Fabian), Michael (Arlene), Roderick and Karen , she was an irreplaceable role
model. She shone as a grandmother to Kevin (Remmie), Kim (Chad), MurphiBennett, Fabian (Whitney),
Jackson, Alexandra and Morgan showering them with love and attention. There are the countless
grandchildren of her extended family that participated in Easter egg hunts and swim parties and
summer camps that she hosted on Sandwood Place. But nothing compared to the love for her great
grandchild, Roman, who brightened the last year of her life immensely. Audrey died peacefully at
home on January 2, 2021, feeling the love of family, extended family, and friends. A private burial will
be held for immediate family. A party to celebrate Audrey’s life will be held later this year. In
lieu of flowers, if you desire, please donate to the organization of your choice in Audrey’s name.
Her common refrain from family’s “I love you” was always “ Love you more!” It was always a
race to say“ Not possible!” first.
No, Audrey, we loved you more than we can express. Thank you for being mom, grandma,
family and friend to us all.