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Dorothy Mae Kennedy

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Published: December 5, 2012

Dorothy Mae Scroggins Long Kennedy died Monday, December 3, 2012 at Heritage Park Nursing Center, Rogers, Ark. Born to William and Sadie Lowry Scroggins February 26, 1926 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, her second husband Gordon Edward Kennedy, and her sister Beatrice Scroggins. She was married to first husband Homer Lee Long for twenty years prior to their divorce. Survivors are her daughter Yraina Sami Long Kopelman, her son Jimmie Lee Long, grandsons Edmond William Lapine II, Damian Long, Jimmie and Stephen Stulce, granddaughters Sandra and Jimina Long, three great-grandchildren, first cousin Jimmie Lou Hurst, and numerous second cousins.

Dorothy retired from the American Automobile Association after working over 25 years as a travel counselor in Little Rock, New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Prior to working for AAA, Dorothy worked as a bookkeeper for Pfeifer's Department Store. As a member of the Baha'i Community of Little Rock, Dorothy considered her trip to Haifa, Israel the highlight of her life. She had a creative nature and channeled her creativity to painting portraits and landscapes. When her children were growing up Dorothy was a den leader for her son's Cub Scout troop, and assisted with her daughter's Brownie troop. As a working mother, Dorothy made every effort to participate in her children's extracurricular school activities. Even though divorced from our father, Mother conveyed her love for us by sitting with our dying father after we had to return to families and jobs. Mother had a rare blood type and on numerous occasions was called upon, and willingly gave blood for the benefit of children undergoing surgery.

Services will be handled by the Baha'i Community of Little Rock and Huson Funeral Home, with burial near her mother and sister on Thursday Noon at Landmark Cemetery in Little Rock. In lieu of flowers, Mother requested donations be made in her memory to Arkansas Children's Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 2222, Little Rock, Arkansas 72203. Sign an online guest book at

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