Brenda Polly Kennedy


Brenda Polly Kennedy, 66, passed away on Tuesday, August 29, 2017, with her husband James by her side.
Brenda was truly an amazing and beautiful person, and was a blessing to those of us who had the good fortune of having her in our lives.
Brenda was born and raised in Virginia.  She was the third child born in a family of ten children.  She was a strong and powerful member of the family, always there for her siblings and her parents.  She always had great pride and interest in her family.  She was not only a very popular sister but a very popular auntie as well.  Everyone loved her very much.
She was so adventurous and always pushed the envelope of life.  For many years she owned a boutique in Wise, Virginia and later in Norton, Virginia, called The Eclectic.  She received her bachelor’s degree in Marketing from East Tennessee State University.  She was a World traveler, enjoying stays in many different countries.  After living in Nashville for several years, she relocated to Santa Cruz County, California.  Her Marketing career led her to reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Simi Valley, California, before moving to Capitola, California, where she resided until her death.
She is survived by her husband of thirteen years, James White of Capitola, her siblings, Roy Polly of Dagsboro, Delaware, Marilyn Johnson of Aptos, California, Trisha Stinson of Wise, Virginia, Debbie Polly of Charleston, South Carolina, Marie Muir of Norton, Virginia, Lisa Hale of Dalesville, Virginia, Jane Farner of Richland, Washington, and Libby Arellano of Clovis, California.
She is also survived by five sisters-in-law, nine brothers-in-law and sixty-two nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, Creed and Emma Polly, her sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Ron Shermer and her brother-in-law, Ernie Arellano.
A celebration of Brenda’s life will be an ongoing celebration.  She will be remembered, cherished and loved for all of time.  Mehl’s Colonial Chapel was entrusted with the arrangements.
 “How can the dead be truly dead when they still live in the souls of those who are left behind?” – Carson McCullers

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