Anne Bishop Kennedy


Former Malibu resident Anne Bishop Kennedy died June 21 in San Diego. She was 84.

Kennedy was born in Indianapolis in 1922 to Richard E. and Ruth Trueblood Bishop. She graduated from Broad Ripple High School in 1941 and attended Purdue University, where she met her husband, Charles J. Kennedy.

Kennedy moved with her husband and young family to Pasadena in 1954. There, she became a devoted hostess, patron of the arts and supporter of community life. Kennedy was a staunch Democrat all her life. She volunteered for and contributed heavily to Democratic candidates and initiatives locally and nationally. She was a counselor and board member for the Pasadena Mental Health Association and a volunteer at Pasadena Planned Parenthood for many years. Kennedy received several honors from the groups to which she devoted so much of her energy and support.

In later years, she and her husband moved to a house in Malibu they helped design. Kennedy furnished the house with an extensive art collection. She had an abiding love for art and crafts and she helped many fledgling artists survive and develop by financially supporting their work.

Kennedy was an avid sport fisher. She and her husband spent many months each year at their house in Campbell River, British Columbia, fishing for salmon and hosting friends and relatives. There, upon her husband’s death, Kennedy designed, had built, and donated to the city a loving memorial to her husband on the banks of Campbell River.

Kennedy is survived by her daughters; Susan Mechling, Elisabeth Marshall and Sarah Owen; grandchildren William C. Marshall, Charles L. Marshall, Nicholas D. Mechling, Christopher Mechling, Anna K. Owen, Flora K. Owen and Olivia H. Marshall; sister Mary Bishop Coan, three nieces and three nephews. Her husband, Charles, predeceased her in 1996, as did her brother, Richard E. Bishop Jr. in 2000.