Shelby’s Legacy





Holly’s Blog

Shelby Kay Kennedy, much beloved daughter of Ken and Debora Kennedy of Kendall County, Texas, was called by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to her eternal reward, Tuesday, May 31 at 7:15 pm. after a battle with cancer. Shelby’s life was the personification of sacrifice, servant-hood, spiritual joy and honor to her father and mother.

In her short but Gospel-rich twenty-three years, Shelby brought hope and happiness to thousands through her mission work with her family throughout the world in regions as diverse as Mexico and South Africa. Shelby’s heart, however, always pointed to Haiti where she personally administered Christian schools, participated in discipleship evangelism, and managed significant food distribution efforts for the needy. 

A ferociously loyal daughter and an eternally optimistic servant of the Cross, Shelby rests now in the bosom of her savior. “Absent from the body, (she is) present with the Lord.”

Shelby is survived by her parents, Ken and Debbi Kennedy; sister and brother-in-law, Holly and Micah Wakefield and niece, Heidi; sisters, Sara, Brigitta, and Michelle; brothers, Kenny, Micah, James, John, Jonathan, Carlos, Mark, and Alex; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. L. Kennedy; maternal grandmother, Barbara McGovern; and numerous other relatives.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to “Only a Servant” Ministries, Inc., Attn: Shelby Memorial, Haiti Fund, P.O. Box 700155, San Antonio, TX 78270-0155 (