Matriarch of the Kennedy clan whose sons included President John F. Kennedy and Senators Robert F. Kennedy and Ted Kennedy.
As a child, she and her father were granted a private audience with Pope Pius X at the Vatican.
She wanted to leave her husband because he was unfaithful, but being Catholic she wasn't allowed to divorce.
She was married to Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. from 1914 until his death in 1969. She had a total of nine children: John, Rosemary, Kathleen, Eunice, Patricia, Robert, Jean, Ted and Joseph Jr.
Former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was her daughter-in-law.