Marian Alice Kennedy (nee Martin), age 84, of Philadelphia, passed away on July 7, 2023.\n\nBorn and raised in Philadelphia, Marian was a graduate of St. Martin of Tours Grade School and Little Flower High School. After graduating from Little Flower High School, she went to work at the Credit Union downtown with her mother, who was her best friend. While attending a wedding, she met her future husband Gerald Pettit and they were married and began a family eventually having 5 children. After many years as a homemaker, she went back to work at Bailey's Printing as a type setter. She and Gerald enjoyed entertaining family and friends with parties, barbecues and dinners at their home on Farwell Rd. They also had season tickets to cheer on the Philadelphia Eagles. Unfortunately, Gerald passed away when Marian was only 40 years old. A strong woman, she continued to raise her children who were between the age of 6 & 17 when Gerald died. She always liked to be in fashion and as a result her children were always well dressed. She loved a clean home and when the kids came home from school the house smelled of Pinesol. As she raised her children, she always worked to instill in them admirable qualities. She routinely said “He’s not heavy, he's your brother.” Some of her other favorite phrases were: ”Me and Dick Tracy”, “No charge”, “You're worth it” and when needed, ”You Jackass”. In later years, she often talked about how blessed she was that all five of her children were happily married and believed it was an accomplishment to be proud of.\n\nAfter hearing that she was widowed, Her high school sweetheart, Robert Kennedy, called her for a date. They were married in 1984. Bob was an airline Captain for United Airlines and they travelled extensively around the U.S. as well as Japan, Germany, Singapore, and Dubai. She even learned to speak German. Being a huge Philadelphia sports fan, they had season tickets to the Flyers.\n\nShe was a very religious person. Marian always wanted to be a nun and at her 80th birthday party her girlfriends from St. Martin of Tours & Little Flower mentioned they were often upset because she was always picked to be Mary during the May Procession. In practicing her faith, Marian volunteered for the Northeast Georgettes, Archbishop Ryan Booster Club, Our Lady of Calvary Church and was also a Den Mother for the Boy Scouts. She always volunteered to help anyone that needed it. A music fan from the time she was young, she enjoyed going to dance on American Bandstand with her girlfriends. Elvis Presley was her favorite singer. She travelled to see Graceland and loved the song “If Everyday Could Be Like Christmas” . If she heard on the radio that Bruce Springsteen tickets were going on sale, she would get in line without any money knowing one of her children would show up with money.\n\n Marian was always there for her children and grandchildren. Whether it was a card on their birthday, cheering them on at their sporting events and dance recitals or driving them to school, she always made herself available. When her kids were growing, they loved her macaroni & cheese and she would continue to make Mac and Cheese, her famous Macaroni Salad and bring cookies to all the family events. Every Ash Wednesday she would make breaded fried flounder and every other week had Sunday dinners with Leg of Lamb & Roast Beef.\n\nWife of the late Robert Kennedy and the late Gerald Pettit. Cherished mother of Marian (Glenn) Heller, Gerald (Kimberly) Pettit, John (Sherry) Pettit, Kevin (Danielle) Pettit, and Timothy (Arzu) Pettit. She is survived by her 11 cherished grandchildren and 5 devoted great-granddaughters and one great-grandson on the way. She is predeceased by her parents Marian R. (nee Winters) and Joseph W. Martin and her brothers Joseph (Carol) Martin, Francis Martin and James (Sally) Martin.\n\nRelatives and friends are invited to her viewing on Friday July 14, 2023 from 6 – 8 PM and funeral on Saturday July 15, 2023 from 9 – 10:30 AM at T.J. Fluehr Funeral Home, 11010 Knights Rd. Funeral Mass 11 AM at Our Lady of Calvary Church, 11024 Knights Rd. Rite of Committal Resurrection Cemetery. Donations in Marian’s name may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation, www.alz.org. To share a memory of Marian, please visit www.tjfluehr.com.\n\nFlorists, all deliveries must arrive at the funeral home on Friday, July 14th no later than 2:00 PM.