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Jessie L. Kennedy-Wanigasuriya

August 24, 1958 September 13, 2018
Jessie L. Kennedy-Wanigasuriya
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1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 “Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.”
With great joy we celebrate the life of Jessie Lucille Kennedy-Wanigasuriya. She will be missed profoundly and remembered joyously. Jessie (better known as “Sweetnie” to those close to her) was a loving and compassionate woman. She told jokes and played pranks. She was a happy person. She was very artistic and had won many art awards in school all the way up until college. She was often crafting something her favorite past times were crocheting and latch hooking but she also liked to draw. No illness or circumstance was ever able to take the joy from her heart because she learned to draw it from the Lord. She was made with a spirit of kindness and cared for many. She loved children and children loved her. Whenever she was out children would run up to her, say “hi” or smile and wave as if they knew her. She enjoyed helping others whenever she could. One day she gave away a full bag of grocery right outside of the store and taught her daughter what her mother taught her “If anyone is hungry, feed them.” The bible says in Proverbs 9:20 that a woman who fears the Lord, “ She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy.”
Jessie was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes also known as childhood diabetes when she was 13 years old. Most people do not survive for very long or have children with this disease. After graduating high school she tutored illiterate adults. Jessie worked at The Denver International Airport in the early 80’s and met Chris Ozor. They married April 1988 and had their daughter Chrystal. In the 90’s Jessie worked as a caretaker in homes for the mentally and physically disabled which she enjoyed. She went back to school for accounting when she began to lose her eyesight. She met Mr. Sanee Wanigasuriya in school and they married. Not letting her loss of sight hold her back she joined a program for the blind and went on to start her own small business. It was called Chrystal’s Colonnade. She ran the restaurant until the doctors told her it was work or her life. Her illness progressed from this point and she decided to take nutrition and health classes and modified her life to stay healthy but God planned to use her life to help others. She received a kidney transplant that she kept healthy for 16 years which was a great achievement. Over a hundred doctors and nurses other medical professionals have been exposed to and learned from her case and experiences and hopefully thousands of people will benefit from what she has been through. She never fought to live for the sake of living she fought to live for her family and then when it was time she went to the Lord without fear knowing that with Him is our true home and He is where our joy comes from. She has gone and been made whole so we can rest with the assurance of the Lord that she is safe and sound.

Jessie Lucille Kennedy-Wanigasuriya was born August 24, 1958 in Panama City, Florida to late Mr. Jessie Eugene Kennedy and Mrs. Gladys Lucille Kennedy. She leaves to cherish her memory her loving daughter and caretaker, Mrs. Chrystal Gallardo Son-in-Law Ricardo Gallardo of Aurora, Colorado, the children she cared for deeply: Ikenna Ozor, Chuba Ozor, Chigozie Ozor, and Adaure Ozor. Her beloved sisters: Miss Juliaette Smith of Panama City, FL, Ms. Paulette Kennedy-Tyre of Fayetteville NC, and Ms. Mary Kennedy-Moore of Springfield, IL. Niece: Nefertiti Tyre of Fayetteville, NC: Nephews: Osemeke Uwadibie and Jar’mar Moore of Springfield, IL; Best friend Susan Stake-King and a host of other relatives and friends. Infact shortly before Jessie passed she used a DNA service and found that she is related to 1050 people in the United States alone.

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