Evelyn Grace Morey Kennedy, 94, of Fairfield, an early advocate for people with disabilities, died Oct. 6, 2010.

Born Dec. 10, 1915, in Bridgeport, she was a daughter of the late Everett Morey and Edith Morey Ferreone.

She was among the first advocates on behalf of services for those with developmental disabilities. In 1951, at her Bridgeport home she launched a movement to provide those services in the region, which later became known as the Kennedy Center. The center that she founded now helps 1,800 people, from infants to senior citizens, to become more independent and live fulfilling lives. She was also instrumental in starting what is now the state Department of Developmental Services.

She is survived by a son, Brian Edward Kennedy; a sister, Maureen McPartland; daughter-in-law, Kathleen Kennedy; five grandchildren, Deborah, Michael, Patrick, Andrew and Sarah Kennedy; six great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, John Patrick Kennedy; a son, John "Jack" Michael Kennedy, and a brother, Edward Morey.

Calling hours will take place Friday, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road. Burial will be private. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Kennedy Center Inc., 2440 Reservoir Ave., Trumbull, CT 06611. For information or to sign an online guest register, visit www.SpearMillerFuneralHome.com.