Wake For Eunice Kennedy Shriver Today

A public wake will be held today in Centerville, Massachusetts, for Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the sister of President John F. Kennedy and founder of the Special Olympics.

From CNN:

The wake will take place from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church.

Details about her burial, which is to be private, were not available.

Shriver died Tuesday at age 88. Born on July 10, 1921, in Brookline, Massachusetts, Shriver was the fifth of nine children of Joseph P. and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy.

Shriver emerged from the long shadow of siblings John Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Sen. Edward Kennedy as the founder of the Special Olympics, which started as a summer day camp in her backyard in 1962.

Today, 3.1 million people with mental disabilities participate in 228 programs in 170 nations, according to the Special Olympics.

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