Jennifer Kemp

Born on September 24, 1962

Departed on August 13, 2016 and resided in Kingston Springs, TN

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Jennifer Suzanne Kemp
9/24/1962 to 8/13/2016

Jennifer was born on September 24th of 1962 to Barbara Ann and William Abbott Kemp in Nashville, TN. At the time of Jenni’s birth, there were already three “little Kemps” at home, anxiously awaiting her arrival. John F Kennedy was President and the song “Sherry”, by The Four Seasons was top of the charts. In the month that followed, “Monster Mash” was released as a Single by Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers This would become one of Jenni’s favorite songs. She performed an animated dance/skit to this music, in a talent show, as her last hurrah from Elementary to Junior High School at St. Bernard Academy. Jenni finished high school there and went on for a short time to University of TN at Knoxville. She returned to Nashville to finish her last 3 years, and graduated from Belmont College.
With unclipped wings, she drove across the country to join her oldest sister in Boise Idaho. She adored skiing and the town of Boise. She soon found work as a “special projects coordinator” at Bogus Basin, a ski resort near by. She adopted a dog friend named Kia, who became her constant companion. Jenni loved as her very own child. Sadly Kia passed away on the long trek back to Nashville in the year 2000. It was not long after that, in Nashville, that she adopted another dog-child. She named him Idaho in remembrance of the treasured time she lived there. Jenni lived life to the fullest and on her own terms. Friends will always remember her kindness, her eager, helping hand, and how she made them laugh when times were hard. Family will cherish those stories, as well as, happy childhood memories, like “The Monster Mash”. Jenni’s time with us was cut too soon, but those of us who knew her, are blessed by the time we had together. Jennifer was preceded in death by her mother and father, Barbara Ann and William Abbott Kemp. She has left behind one brother, David Abbott Kemp, (children, Charlie, and Will), two sisters, Barbara Natalie Pinkerton, (husband Patrick, children, Abbott, David, and Patrick) and Mary Kemp Flora, (children, Marshall, Colin, and Natalie); and many close friends.

4 Comments to Ms Jennifer Kemp

  1. Lisa Howard
    August 20, 2016 4:27 pm

    Jen was my friend, my sister. I loved her like watermelon and peas!!!! Oh the times we shared and the memories I will always cherish………..

  2. Karen Svea Johnson
    August 21, 2016 10:03 am

    I remember good times with Jenni and her friends and family in Idaho. (I had attended college with Barbara and it was through that relationship that I came to know Jenni.) I still proudly wield the ceramic mug she gifted me from the 1991-92 Bogus Basin season, and I think fondly of her whenever I drink from it. We sure did have some fun!

  3. Barbara Kemp Pinkerton
    August 21, 2016 11:00 am

    In memory of our great (and sometimes crazy) times with Jen in Bogus Basin snow, my family will carry some of Jen’s ashes to the top of the mountain she loved so dearly. And for spring and summer memories, we’ll think of her along the Boise and Payette rivers and we’ll plant dependable tomato seeds to remember her by at each harvest. Oh…and then there’s ping-pong joy with competitive banter and questionable calls! Rest in peace, littlest siste. I’ll carry your bright laughter with me always…until we meet for that great ping-pong finale in the sky!

    Our deep thanks to Nashville General Hospital for Jen’s care:

  4. sarah
    September 17, 2016 9:56 pm

    Jenny and I became friends because my brother married her sister. She was always easy to pal around with and we had some terrific times. Skiing at bogus and thrift store shopping. I also remember showing her around San Francisco. We went to a Steve Winwood concert in Sacramento and she came to my graduation from Chico state. She was family to me. However, I hadnt seen or talked to Jenny since she left Idaho but I can still hear her laugh when I close my eyes and that makes me smile. You will be missed sweet Jenny. I will see u on the other side someday. Love you…..SARAH

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