Kara Kennedy’s Funeral Remembers Ted’s Eldest Child

The funeral for Kara Kennedy Allen, the eldest child of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, was remembered at funeral services on Wednesday. Kara was a devoted mother and a thoughtful friend. Services were held at Holy Trinity Church in Washington.

Her brothers remembered her as an avid swimmer and someone who sent cards in the mail with newspaper clippings enclosed rather than emails with attachments.

Kennedy died Friday at age 51, collapsing after her daily exercise at a health club.

Kara never sought elected office like many in her family, but she helped with her father’s presidential and Senate campaigns.

Her brother Patrick Kennedy said he pictured his sister and their father Ted, who died in 2009, sailing off into “the starry skies together.”

“Dad now has his first mate, his crew right by his side, helping him along the way,” her brother Patrick said.

Kennedy worked as a filmmaker and in television and was active in an array of causes from the arts to fighting fetal alcohol syndrome. She was known as a thoughtful friend and devoted mother who had a mischievous side like her father. The 51-year-old was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2002 but underwent successful surgery and treatment.

The medical examiner has not yet released an official cause of death.

Among those attending the funeral were Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, and relatives Caroline Kennedy and Maria Shriver.

Patrick Kennedy said after Kara’s death that her cancer treatment left her physically weakened and that her heart gave out.