Esther Doris Kenneally Short

Esther Short. Courtesy photo.

Esther Doris Kenneally Short, 79

Devoted wife, loving sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Esty was born to Robert Henson and Mary Lister Henson.

She attended school at James Lick High School and Diablo Valley College. She volunteered at Kaiser Home Health and Hospice.

Married to James Kenneally for 57 years prior to his passing and William Short from 2014 to 2020.

She is survived by her three sons Robert, Ronald and Stacey Kenneally, Joseph and Sita Kenneally and her grandchildren Melissa, James, Daniel Kenneally, and Joseph Lowater and their respective families.

If she wasn’t playing golf or traveling overseas her door was always open. Esty’s home was full of laughter, friends, family, adopted pets and the smell of food to share. A woman with the gift of listening, good humor, and gentle strength, she touched all who knew her with her kindness and contagious passion for equality. Her’s was a beautiful life, a life well spent, and a life worth celebrating.

Family and friends are invited to join in a celebration of Esty’s life in spring 2021, a date to be later announced.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to the American Lung Society in her honor.