Sadie Ellen Kennedy CHELSEA — Sadie Ellen Kennedy, 90, died Friday, June 28, 2019, at the Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin, after a long battle with dementia. She was born May 21, 1929, in Vershire, the daughter of Truman C. and Nettie (Bixby) Parshley. She attended school in Vershire and later in Chelsea, where she was the salutatorian of the Chelsea High School Class of 1948. On June 12, 1949, she married Ernest Kennedy, of Chelsea. They lived all their married life in Chelsea where they raised their four children. She was a member of the United Church of Chelsea, Church Women Service Guild, Chelsea Senior Center, Chelsea Historical Society, and had served as a 4-H leader in Chelsea. She enjoyed knitting, embroidery, needlework, sewing, cooking, and was a good housekeeper, and excellent cook. She had made numerous wedding and prom gowns. She was instrumental in the start of the famous Chelsea chicken pie suppers - working, cooking and serving. A display of her needlework will be held at the Chelsea Public Library in July. She is survived by her husband, Ernest, of Chelsea; a son, Mark Kennedy and wife Holly, of Concord, North Carolina; two daughters Jane Cushman and husband Brian, Susan Johnston and husband Greg, and a son-in-law, John Alexander, all of Chelsea; a sister, Viola Ward, of Thetford; eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; and many cousins. She was predeceased by a daughter, Judy Alexander; a brother, Harold Parshley; and three sisters Eva Sleeper, Doris Whitcomb and Katherine Burgess. There are no public calling hours. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at 2 p.m. at the United Church of Chelsea, with Rev. Errol Hinton and Rev. Bill Smith officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either United Church of Chelsea, P.O. Box 98, Chelsea, VT 05038; or Chelsea Senior Center, P.O. Box 44, Chelsea, VT 05038. A private message of sympathy for the family can be shared at The Boardway and Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea is in charge of arrangements.

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