Oct. 28, 1914 – July 4, 2016
Beatrice DeVine Kennedy, an attorney whose late husband was longtime counsel for the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, died Monday in Brookdale Kenmore. She was 101.
Born in Ann Arbor, Mich., the former Beatrice A. DeVine earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1935 and graduated in 1938 from University of Michigan Law School, where she received the Order of the Coif and met her future husband, Kevin Kennedy. She moved to Buffalo when they were married in 1940.
After World War II, she and her husband lived in East Aurora and she raised six children. She was admitted to the New York State Bar and admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, where she twice appeared with her husband in the 1970s.
Mrs. Kennedy was a member of the Erie County Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the Bishop’s Lay Advisory Committee, the Newman Center at SUNY Buffalo State, the Twentieth Century Club, Meals on Wheels of Greater Buffalo and Women in Black Buffalo.
An accomplished golfer and tennis player, she was a member of the East Aurora Country Club and Crag Burn Golf Club.
Her husband died in 1996.
Survivors include four daughters, Mary P. Kennedy Martin, Kate E., Brigid and Megan M.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Joseph University Catholic Church, 3269 Main St.