Sister of Democrat Senators, Attorney General and President of the USA and Mother in law of a Republican Governor, Eunice Kennedy Shriver has passed in a Cape Cod hospital at the age of 88.
Shriver will be best known in her own right for having founded the Special Olympics in 1968.
Eunice Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachussetts in 1921 as the fifth of Joseph and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy’s nine children.
She grew up in Massachusetts, Florida and London where Joe served as U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom.
The Kennedy family issued a statement following Shriver’s death this morning saying, “It is hard for us to believe the amazing Eunice Kennedy Shriver went home to God this morning at 2 a.m. She was the light of our lives — a mother, wife, grandmother, sister and aunt — and taught us by example, and with passion, what it means to live a faith-driven life of love and service to others.”