It is always difficult saying goodbye to someone who was loved and cherished. Family and friends must now say goodbye to their beloved Shirley Ann Kennedy Losey. Shirley peacefully passed away with family by her side on May 8, 2022 at the age of 80 after a courageous battle caused by cancer. Born in Louisiana on September 29, 1942 to her mother, Gracie Brown Kennedy and father, Felder Vernon Kennedy. She later resided in Georgia and Florida, and spent her final days with her son in California. Shirley is predeceased by both parents and her loving husband Gregg Losey.
Shirley loved school and was an outstanding student. She considered it an honor to become editor of the high school yearbook and be voted “Miss Ponchatoula High School” by the student body as she completed her senior year. She later graduated from Southeastern University with a Bachelors Degree, and went on to receive Masters Degrees in both Mathematics and English from Louisiana State University.
Shirley’s passion in life was her love of students and teaching. As a teacher in Florida, she received National Board Certification and was named as one of the “Four Top Teachers” in Florida. Her pride and joy was the many successes of her students and received numerous communications from students who were the first in their family to graduate from high school. Shirley also enjoyed reading, and was an excellent seamstress and cook. She was generous with her talents and prepared many gifts for family, friends and neighbors.
Shirley is survived by those she considered her greatest legacy, one son and wife, David and Beth Cutrer; and grandchildren, Nicholas and Amanda Cutrer. Survivors also include her sister, Bette Kennedy Laird and her family and many other longtime friends who know Shirley will be dearly missed. Memories of Shirley Ann will always embrace a kind heart, keen mind, and brave spirit.