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Eunice Kennedy Shriver dies

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Another American icon lost

This has been an awful summer for losing icons as now we've lost Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

Another American icon lostWhile Eunice Kennedy Shriver may not fall into the categories of John Hughes, Michael Jackson or Farrah Fawcett, but you know what, this Kennedy has star power that seems much even more significant.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the mother of California First Lady Maria Shriver and mother in-law of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, passed away August 11 at a Cape Code hospital. Shriver is the sister of for President John F Kennedy Jr and Robert Kennedy -- not to mention Senator Edward Kennedy.

Among her other siblings, Shriver is most remembered for founding the Special Olympics.

While Eunice may not have followed in the political footsteps of her brothers, her impact to society was still heard loud and clear and is not to be overlooked. Maria was quoted as saying, in reference to her mother as a champion of human rights, "Her fingerprints are on legislation, on schools, on institutions, on perceptions and I think, most importantly, on individual lives."

It seems that Eunice accomplished her goal of making the world safe for people with intellectual disabilities and to make the world safe for human dignity. Not to be overlooked, coming from our nation's family of royalty was her commitment to family.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver was married to Sargent Shriver for 45 years. They raised five children together and later became grandparents of a brood of nineteen. Most recently Eunice struggled with various health problems and hospitalizations. The family will hold a public wake for their mother as well as a private funeral.

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