Mary Kennedy was remembered at a memorial service at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in Bedford, New York on Saturday, and the sister of her estranged husband had nothing but kind words for the mother of four.
According to a report from Hollywood Life, Kerry Kennedy was Mary's best friend and is Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.'s sister. She gave an emotional speech that touched on Mary's battle with depression.
"Mary suffered from depression and it's a disease that so many, many, many Americans suffer from," she said. "I just think about the story of Michael, the arch angel, who had to battle the forces of evil, had to battle Satan who was trying to enter paradise. And that's what Mary did her whole life. She was battling those demons and keeping them out of the paradise that was Mary," Kerry Kennedy said.
Kerry and Mary Kennedy shared a lengthy and deeply rich history.
"Mary was my very very best friend and the best friend anyone could ever imagine having we were roommates from the time I was 15 to the time we were 30 and two years later she married my brother Bobby," Kerry continued.
She talked of the wonderful mother that Mary was and how her children, Conner, Keira, Finn and Aiden--were the loves of her life.
"She loved her children more than anything," Kerry Kennedy said.
This had to be the most difficult day in the lives of those children, who will likely live with questions about why their mother took her life for the rest of theirs. Suicide is the most painful and confusing of all deaths to deal with, and often the questions that so desperately need answering will remain unanswered forever.
Hopefully the love Kerry Kennedy had for Mary will help her children find comfort in the days to come. And hopefully their father will honor their mother's memory and be the supportive, loving parent they now so desperately need.
Mary Kennedy will be buried near the Kennedy Compound in Hyannisport, Massachusetts.
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