Franky Smith Kennedy Death: The last enduring kin of President John F. Kennedy, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, and Sen. Ted Kennedy and a previous U.S. minister — kicked the bucket Wednesday night in her New York City condo, PEOPLE affirms. She was 92.
The reason for death has not been delivered.
Kym Smith, one of Jean’s two little girls, tells PEOPLE, “she carried on with an astonishing life.”
“She was so liberal, and she had a benevolent heart,” with a genuine comical inclination, Kym says.
She says she saw her mom a week ago for supper — “I for one was truly fortunate to invest such a great amount of energy with her the most recent couple of years” — and that Jean was in good company when she passed on, however, Kym declined to state more, referring to family security.
Kym says she and Jean “had a unique bond. … She generally lit up when she saw me, and I got the chance to invest a great deal of energy with her.”
“I would come up to New York a couple of times each month and invest energy with her and mention to her what an incredible mother she was,” Kym says. “I expressed gratitude toward her for embracing me and giving me the best life.”
On the Today show on Thursday morning, Jean’s niece Maria Shriver called her “an uncommon lady” who “had an incredible vocation in the interest of this nation, as envoy to Ireland advancing harmony there.” Shriver likewise noticed Jean’s work establishing the Kennedy Center’s Very Special Arts, which gives expressions instruction and social admittance to individuals with inabilities.
Conceived in 1928 in Massachusetts, the family’s unique support of intensity moved on from Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart. She was the regular connection between three of her siblings’ spouses, as per The New York Times — including acquainting Jacqueline Bouvier with more established sibling John.
Jean was second-most youthful of her kin and outlasted them all.
“I take comfort in the way that she is joining each other individual from her family up in paradise,” Shriver said on Today on Thursday.