Stella Keener Kidd

Tuesday 8th of November 1949 - Sunday 9th of May 2021

Stella Keener Kidd



May 15, 2021 (1:00 pm - 3:30 pm)

Milward - Southland

391 Southland Dr., Lexington, KY

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Funeral Ceremony

May 15, 2021 (4:00 pm )

Milward - Southland

391 Southland Dr., Lexington, KY

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Stella Keener Kidd, wife, mother, photographic artist, gardener, and humanitarian, passed away on Sunday, May 9, 2021 of cancer, in her home in Lexington, Kentucky. 


Stella was born November 8, 1949 in New Boston, near Portsmouth in Southeast Ohio. Her earliest memories were of growing up in a farming family, before tragedies left her orphaned. In Stella's teenage years, she joined the Gleim family of Wheelersburg, Ohio, a family bond that has continued through the generations.


In 1976, Stella married Mark Kidd, and over the last 45 years the two raised a family and built a successful business in Lexington, Mark Kidd Studios. As their business prospered and the couple traveled the world teaching photography, Stella also dedicated herself to her community. All were welcome at Stella's home and table, not just her own children.


Stella believed not just in philanthropic support for those most in need, but also direct service as modeled by Jesus. Stella's Christian faith was a powerful force in her life, and she was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington. Stella passed from this world confident that she would reunite with her family in heaven.


Stella is preceded in death by her parents Ralph and Bettie Gleim and sister Mary Alice Bianco. Stella is survived by her husband Mark Kidd; sister Sharon Goodie; brother David Gleim; her children Mark W. Kidd, Christina Stevens, and Adam Kidd; and their families.


Visitation will be held in Lexington from 1pm-3:30pm Saturday, May 15, 2021 at Milward-Southland, 391 Southland Drive. The funeral service will be held afterward at 4pm.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the charitable organization Stella founded and served for many years, Church Under The Bridge. Please mail checks to: Church Under The Bridge, PO Box 11805, Lexington, KY 40578.


Guest Book

Earl and Carolyn Peyton


The loss of Stella is a loss for the whole neighborhood. She was so friendly, kind, and full of life. We will miss the parties she had in her backyard. She made everyone feel so welcome. I pray that her family will get a small amount of comfort by knowing how much she was loved by everyone who was blessed to know her.

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