239 W Main St, Richmond, KY 40475 1 859 623 1000 Justice, Education, Industry

Hazel Kennamer Memorial
In Loving Memory


Hazel W. Kennamer (1911-1999)

Hazel Wilson Kennamer, loving mother, sister, friend, and environmental activist, died at age 87 on October 22 in Ft. Myers, Florida. She was until recently a long-time Richmond resident. Mrs. Kennamer loved her home and family, gardening, nature, small children, and the beautiful mountains of Kentucky where she grew up. Born in Harlan County, she was a graduate of Berea College's Academy, attended the University of Kentucky and Eastern, and was briefly an elementary teacher. She spent most of her adult life in Richmond, where together with the late Prof. L.G. Kennamer, she raised her two daughters and developed many close friendships. She was a member of the Eastern Faculty Wives Club and played an active role in such civic projects as the Pink Ladies at the old Pattie A. Clay Infirmary. Also, she was a faithful participant in the Lancaster Pike Homemakers and the adult Sunday school at the First Methodist Church. In later life Mrs. Kennamer was very active in environment issues and a staunch supporter of wild animal protection, with wolves and sea life of particular interest. She was vocal on issues that ranged from oil transport to species management. Locally, she joined with other Madison County citizens in the nerve gas incineration resistance. She also became very concerned with the growing problem of solid waste disposal. She was a "spark plug" in getting the City of Richmond interested in solid waste recycling and, as a member of the initial Richmond Task Force on Recycling, she helped guide the development of a pilot recycling program. This endeavor eventually grew into a complex community enterprise with a facility that is a now a model in the state. Although she lived with Alzheimer's Disease over the last seven years, Mrs. Kennamer continued to hold her strong will, to display her remarkable wit, and to evidence genuine concern for those about her. She was living in an assisted living facility near her daughter, Beverly, at the time of her death. Mrs. Kennamer is survived by her sister, Berenice Buckner (Evarts, Kentucky); her two daughters, Beverly Wilson (Ft. Myers Beach, Florida) and Minga Kennamer Futrell (Sacramento, California); her stepson Lorrin Kennamer (Austin, T; fret stepdaughter flora Kennamer Barkley (Westlake, California); and several nieces and nephews. The family is establishing a memorial in the form of an enhancement project for the Richmond-Madison County Recycling Center to take the form of a diminutive natural habitat at the Center.