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Shriver laid to rest; Sen. Kennedy misses funeral

Eunice Kennedy Shriver, 88, a member of the Kennedy political dynasty died Tuesday, died August 11 after suffering strokes during the last year. Shriver was instrumental in the creation of several organizations such as the Special Olympics and other charities.
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By RUSSELL CONTRERAS
The Associated Press
Friday, August 14, 2009; 1:22 PM

HYANNIS, Mass. -- Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver has been laid to rest at a Cape Cod cemetery after a private burial service.

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Mourners lit candles from the Special Olympics torch at the service at St. Francis Xavier parish cemetery in Centerville.

At the graveside service, Shriver's son Tim, the chairman of Special Olympics International, called forward the athletes who were there to be nearer to the casket.

Three Irish musicians who were sent to the service by Bono led the group in singing Bob Dylan's "Forever Young."

The burial followed a private two-hour funeral Mass attended by family and friends including Vice President Joe Biden, Oprah Winfrey, and Stevie Wonder.

Shriver's brother, Sen. Edward Kennedy, did not attend. He has been battling brain cancer.

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HYANNIS, Mass. (AP) - Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the presidential sister who founded the Special Olympics, was celebrated Friday at a funeral Mass as a fearless warrior for the voiceless who changed the world for millions and an unconventional woman who smoked Cuban cigars and played tackle football.

"She was scary smart and not afraid to show it," Maria Shriver said of her mother, who died Tuesday at age 88. "If she were here today ... she would pound this podium ... and ask each of you what you have done today to better the world."

The Special Olympics torch led a procession for Shriver past thousands of onlookers who lined the streets outside St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church as friends, family and athletes from the movement she founded a half-century ago gathered for the private service.

Shriver's only living brother, Sen. Edward Kennedy, who has been battling brain cancer, did not attend the funeral.

Maria Shriver, her husband, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and other family members carried the casket into the church, the same place where the two were married 23 years earlier.


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