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Velma K. (Kennedy) Maynard, DM

December 6, 1931 ~ November 27, 2021 (age 89)


Velma Anne (Kennedy) Maynard, DM, age 89, died peacefully on November 27th after a long, courageous, triumphant battle against cancer.

Velma lived a life of boldness, vigor, and reverence. As the first person in her immediate family to attend college in the early nineteen fifties, she embarked on a non-traditional education at the University of Rhode Island as a member of the Alpha Xi Delta Sorority and Phi Delta theater club. At the theater, she met her soul mate, the late Deacon, Reverend Mister Jacques Louis Maynard. They married during college and she graduated with a young baby in her arms.

Velma could have simply been defined as a loving wife and nurturing mother of eight children and many Irish Setters but she chose to be much, much more. Depending on the era, she was Theater Producer, Den Mother, Bridge Club Hostess, Army Wife, Navy Mom, Book Seller, Teacher, English as a Second Language Expert, World Traveler, and Collette Tour Guide. She was heavily involved in her Catholic parish, her beloved Saint Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, of Crompton, Rhode Island as Lector, Outreach Coordinator, and Parish Women’s Club member. In addition, she volunteered at Gabriel’s Trumpet Christian Book Store in Coventry and spent hours in adoration at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. In her later years she continued her volunteering spirit with the Saint Vincent de Paul Society and as a Dame of Malta, with multiple pilgrimages to Lourdes, France.

Among her many adventures, she orchestrated a family move from Rhode Island to Minnesota, and back, in a retired school bus. This trip was parlayed into many summers of travel, instilling in her children a love of America, adventure, and Christian generosity.

Velma eagerly awaited a reunion with her deceased husband Jacques of West Warwick, RI, parents Charles and Rose Kennedy of Woonsocket, RI as well as her brother Charles (Buddy) Kennedy and sister Carol Mondoux. She is survived by her children Michael Jude of New York City and recently Cape Coral, FL; Karen Elizabeth of Fort Myers, FL; Gwen Marie (husband Robert) of Warwick, RI; Jeffrey Charles (wife Pauline) of Severna Park, MD; Melanie Rose Lindgren (husband John) of Thousand Oaks, CA; Timothy Jacques (wife Collette) of Greene, RI; Christopher Matthew of Warwick, RI; and Eric Francis (wife Lori) of Franklin, NJ; seventeen grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Saturday, December 4, 2021 from 9:00-11:00 am in the PRATA-GALLOGLY Funeral Home, 78 Providence Street, West Warwick followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 pm in Saint Mary’s Church, 70 Church Street in Crompton.  Velma will be buried with Jacques at Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Crompton, West Warwick, RI.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to one of the following organizations:

Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem Foundation (a charity of the Order of Malta) Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN

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December 4, 2021

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Prata-Gallogly Funeral Home
78 Providence Street
West Warwick, RI 02893

Mass of Christian Burial
December 4, 2021

12:00 PM
St. Mary Church
70 Church St
West Warwick, RI 02893

December 4, 2021

1:15 PM
St. Mary Cemetery, West Warwick


St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105-9959
Tel: 1-800-805-5856

Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem Foundation
2000 P Street N.M. Suite 310, Washington, D.C. DC 20036
Tel: 1-202-785-0801

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