Ethel “Boots” Kennedy

Ethel “Boots” Kennedy, 75, of Athens, passed away, Friday, August 24, 2012, at Athens Regional Medical Center.   She was raised in Etowah, had lived in Chattanooga for over 30 years and moved to Athens in 1988, was a daughter of the late David and Samantha Abbott Best, and a graduate of McKenzie Business College with a degree in accounting. She worked as a buyer for various retail establishments, Miller Brothers, Lovemans and Proffitts and had retired from Athens Products. She loved sewing and spending time with her pets. She was preceded in death by her parents listed above; sister and brother-in-law, G.F. and Juanita Miller; brother and sister-in-law, Herman and Margaret Ann Best; brother, Floyd Best; brothers-in-law ,Ralph Moreland and Ted Mendenhall; one a nephew by marriage, Jeff Johnson. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Jim Rollins of Athens, TN; grandchildren, Samantha and A.J. Jackson and Clair and Jake Rollins; and two sisters, Marie Moreland of Etowah, TN and Bonnie Mendenhall of Athens, TN. Graveside service will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at McMinn Memory Gardens .No formal visitation will be held. Memorials may be made to McMinn Regional Humane Society, PO Box 7, Athens, TN 37371.

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  1. sandra baker August 31, 2012

    Pam and family…Your mom and mine enjoyed each other’s company so much while workihg at Miller Brothers and afterwards. Our family is so sorry to hear that she is
    gone. Boots was such a pleasant, friendly person as well as a beautiful Souithern lady.
    My dad and I would like to hear from you. Sandy Baker

  2. Marjorie Brackett August 30, 2012

    Dear Bonnie and Marie, and all who loved her, I was so very sorry to hear that Boots had passed away. I used to run into her occasionally and we would have long talks. I always thought she was beautiful, especially when she was young.

  3. Bill Casteel August 30, 2012

    Bonnie: So sorry to learn of the passing of Boots.You’ve probably forgotten that night years ago when Ted and I had double dates with you and her and took you to the VFW dance, I believe it was. I still miss my buddy Ted and others of that era who are now deceased. Hope things are well with you. Popeye

  4. Kay D. Melton August 29, 2012

    Dear Pam and family: So sorry to hear of the loss of “Bootsie”. She was so beautiful and friendly, she will be missed by everyone who knew her Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. kdm

  5. Pat Brown August 28, 2012

    I am sorry to hear about your sister.

  6. Gail Johnston Guinn August 27, 2012

    She was a beautiful woman. We were in grammar and jr high school together in Etowah. Talked to her about a year ago about a class reunion. She will be missed. My prayers are with you, her family.
    Gail Johnston Guinn


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