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This profile was last updated on 8/11/08  and contains information from public web pages.

Mrs. Sarita Kenedy East

Wrong Sarita Kenedy East?

Brother Leo Sole Member

Phone: (361) ***-****  HQ Phone
The Kenedy Ranch Museum
200 East La Parra Ave. P.O. Box 70
Sarita, Texas 78385
United States

Company Description: The Kenedy Ranch Museum of South Texas explores the history of South Texas through sculpture and murals.
Background

Employment History

  • Sarita Kenedy East Foundation

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • County Commissioner
    Kenedy County
  • Board Member
    Alice National Bank

Education

  • H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College
  • Incarnate Word Academy
Web References
The Kenedy Ranch Museum of South Texas - Come Experience South Texas History
www.kenedymuseum.org, 11 Aug 2008 [cached]
EAST, SARITA KENEDY (1889-1961).Sarita Kenedy East, South Texas rancher and philanthropist, daughter of John G. and Marie Stella (Turcotte) Kenedy, was born on September 19, 1889, in Corpus Christi, Texas.
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Sarita attended Incarnate Word Academy in Corpus Christi and then H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College in New Orleans.She also made her debut in New Orleans.She did not complete college, but instead returned to La Parra.
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Upon her brother's death in 1948, Sarita and her sister-in-law Elena Suess Kenedy became the sole heirs to the ranch.
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Sarita East also owned the San Pablo Ranch near Hebbronville and Twin Peaks Ranch in Colorado.She served as a county commissioner of Kenedy County and was on the board of directors of Alice National Bank.In addition to her business dealings, she engaged in philanthropy, especially to Catholic charities.In 1952, she received the Ecclesia et Pontifice medal and membership in the Ladies of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem from Pope Pius XII for her service to the church.She was also named an honorary member of the Franciscans and the Oblates of Mary Immaculate.In her 1948 will she bequeathed La Parra ranch headquarters and 10,000 acres of land to the Oblate fathers and 13,000 acres to the Diocese of Corpus Christi.The rest of her vast estate was divided among relatives and ranch kin.
In 1948, Mrs. East met Christopher Gregory, a Trappist monk who had taken the name Brother Leo.
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In the 1950s, Mrs. East allowed oil and gas exploration on her ranch which, up to that time, had largely been an untapped resource.During that time she gave money to the Trappist monks and visited monasteries throughout the world.In 1959, with other family members and Brother Leo, she went on a South American tour, one of several trips she made, and donated $300,000 to build a mission in Chile.
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Mrs. East also wrote another will leaving the bulk of her estate to the Foundation.Over the next few months she wrote a series of codicils to her will that increasingly gave more control of the Foundation to Brother Leo and Grace.Just before her death she named Brother Leo sole member of the Foundation.
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As Mrs. East wished, the ranch headquarters went to the Oblate fathers.
Sarita Kenedy East, South ...
foundation.i-hotwire.com, 15 Jan 2009 [cached]
Sarita Kenedy East, South Texas rancher and philanthropist, daughter of John G. and Marie Stella (Turcotte) Kenedy and granddaughter of Mifflin and Petra Vela de Kenedy, was born on September 19, 1889, in Corpus Christi, Texas.
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Sarita attended Incarnate Word Academy in Corpus Christi and then H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College in New Orleans. She also made her debut in New Orleans. She did not complete college, but instead returned to La Parra.
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The county seat of Kenedy County is named Sarita, in honor of Sarita Kenedy East.
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