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Kenney Shropshire Roseberry

Kenney Shropshire Roseberry died on October 15, 2022.  She was born in Bourbon County, on October 4, 1923, the daughter of William Henderson Shropshire and Virginia Kenney Smith Shropshire.  She married Sidney Clay Roseberry on December 24,  1943; he preceded her in death as did her son, Sidney Clay Roseberry, Junior. Her sister, Anne Shropshire Hyde, and her brother W.O. Shropshire also preceded her in death.

She is survived by daughters, Rogers Roseberry Barde and Lindsay Roseberry; granddaughter, Virginia Barde of Paris, KY and grandson William Rogers Barde of El Paso, Texas.  Great grandchildren are Anne Kenney Berry, Catherine Rogers Berry, and William David Barde. She is also survived by her nephews Walt Shropshire (Joan); their children Ewing Ann (Jonathan)Dunn and Andrea Shropshire; and Dave Shropshire (Barb); their children, Susanne Shropshire (Eric) McIntosh and Patrick Shropshire (Vanessa).

She graduated from Paris High School in 1940 and graduated from Randolph Macon Woman’s College in 1944.

In 1945, after the war, Kenney and Clay began to restore his family home, Glenwood, on the Cane Ridge Road, and Kenney intended to spend her life as a farmer’s wife.  When Clay went back to school to be a civil engineer, Kenney went back to school to be a teacher.  After completing the qualifications for a teaching certificate, she taught English at North Middletown High School for six years.  In 1963 when the Bourbon County high schools consolidated, Kenney began to teach English at Paris High School.  She taught at Paris High for 29 years and directed about that many Senior plays.  She remembered every single play and the cast of each one.  She made sure that the plays were a high point for each student’s high school career.  At Paris High School she was the speech coach and sponsor of the Speech Club, Sponsor of the Senior Class, and Sponsor of the Beta Club.  She loved teaching all of her students.  She made a major impact on their lives, kept up with them in their careers, and was always honored to go to reunions.  Someone was always able to quote the Lord’s Prayer in Anglo-Saxon, and it gave her much pleasure.

During her teaching years, Mrs. Roseberry kept very active in community organizations.  She believed it was her responsibility to support her community in every way possible.  She was active in the North Middletown Christian Church, serving as Elder, Sunday School teacher, choir member, and chair of the Worship Committee.  She was active with the Christian Women’s Fellowship as chairman of her circle, and eventually served a term as Kentucky State President of the CWF, making friends all over the state and doing good. KSR was a member and active participant in activities of the League of Women Voters in Bourbon County.

She was a member of the Jemima Johnson Chapter of Kentucky State Daughters of the Revolution for 75 years and served as Regent for six years.    She was a volunteer and Librarian of John Fox, Jr. Genealogical Library for 19 years, and helped bring the library into the computer age.

She was one of the founding members of Historic Paris-Bourbon County and served as president for six years.  She was active in every aspect of historic preservation efforts and museum interpretation of Bourbon County to the community.  In 2003 she received an award for her work from the American Association for State and Local History and traveled to Rhode Island to receive her award.  During this time she was also Bourbon County chair of the Kentucky Historical Society Historic Highway Marker program.  KSR led HPBC to ownership and restoration of Hopewell Spring, the founding site of Hopewell, later the city of Paris.  The monument and spring at the junction of Stoner and Houston Creeks have been preserved in perpetuity for the community.

In conjunction with HPBC, KSR organized the effort to document the private graveyards in Bourbon County.  She organized 59 volunteers to collect information and document the cemeteries, and the inscriptions for hundreds of cemeteries and 2400 individual stones.  All of the information was compiled into God’s Acres: Private Graveyards in Bourbon County, Kentucky published by HPBC in 2009.  God’s Acres received a publication award from the Kentucky Historical Society.

After Mrs. Roseberry retired, the first thing she did that summer was go to Berea to buy a dulcimer.  She learned to play and organized other dulcimer players into the Dulcimer Dames, who loved playing together, and were popular performers on many occasions.  She was their director for 19 years.

As a life-long member of Disciples of Christ/Christian Church, and resident of Cane Ridge Road for almost 60 years, the history of the Cane Ridge movement was important to her.  Therefore, Mrs. Roseberry was chair of the board of the Cane Ridge Preservation Project for many years and organized the annual Cane Ridge Day on the church grounds.

After Clay Roseberry died in 1994, Mrs. Roseberry began moving into her family home, where she grew up.   Along with her brother, she worked on removing paint, refinishing floors, plastering and painting, and making the old house look the way she wanted it.  She was very happy in her family home and loved living on the farm that had been in her family since 1851.

Mrs. Roseberry is remembered by many people for her flair for drama.  She was part of the team of Roseberry and Rose in the Lions Club Variety Show for years, along with Curtis Rose, playing Annie Oakley, Jeanette McDonald, Martha Washington, and Frankenstein’s bride.  She had several appearances as the Statue of Liberty in the 4th of July Parade in Carlisle’s Blackberry Festival.  And of course, her direction of all those Senior Plays.

The funeral will be at the North Middletown Christian Church at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 29, 2022.   Stephanie Moon and Bill Kincaid will officiate.

Instead of flowers, friends may send contributions to Cane Ridge Preservation Project, 1655 Cane Ridge Rd, Paris, KY 40361; North Middletown Christian Church, P.O. Box 43, North Middletown, KY  40357; Historic Paris-Bourbon County, Inc, 800 Pleasant St, Paris, KY; and John Fox, Jr. Genealogical Library, 323 High St, Paris, KY  40361.

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  1. Gary Clark on October 18, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    Condolences and God’s blessings to all her family and loved ones especially her daughters, grand daughter and her great grand daughters.
    Long time family friend Gary of Cocoa Florida….

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