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Melba J. Kendall, 85, of Washington, went to her heavenly home at 6:07 a.m. Wednesday surrounded by her loving family while at Daviess Community Hospital. She was born on Jan. 20, 1932, in Wayne, Michigan, to Donald and Donna (Jones) McCain. She attended Whittier School in Veale Township. On Nov. 29, 1950, she married the love of her life, George T. Kendall. They recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary. Melba was a bookkeeper on the family farm and she also was an insurance agent for 10 years. She was a member of Veale Creek Baptist Church. She was a 4-H leader, a member of the Cumback Homemakers Club, and the president of the Daviess County Homemakers Club, and the Order Eastern Star Washington Chapter. Melba enjoyed sewing, embroidery, reading, canning, but most of all, she loved spending time with her family.
Melba is survived by her husband George T. Kendall; sons Don and Loretta Kendall, Joe and Cathy Kendall, Bill and Susie Kendall, and Jim and Susan Kendall; grandchildren Dustin and Charmae Kendall, Corey and Nancy Kendall, Jody and Matt Ledgerwood, Katie Kendall, Catherine Cole, Bart Kendall, Graham and Kyle Kendall, Blair and Evan West, Megan Kendall, Brian and Ericka Kendall, Jill Kendall, Hilary and Scott Martin, Bailey Kendall; great-grandchildren Jake, Logan and Jessie Ledgerwood, Wyatt and Shane Kendall, Andrew, Audra and Lara Kendall, Caleb, Sam and Benjamin West, Braelyn and Austin Kendall, Cameron and Collin Kendall; stepgrandchildren Dustin and Brandon Gottman, Keith and Lyndsay Lynch, Kelly and Magan Lynch; stepgreat-grandchildren Logan and Emmitt Lynch, Maggie, Connor, Sam, Sadie and Brennan Lynch, and Eva Gottman; and sisters Janet Burris and Mary Jo Gregory. She is preceded in death by her parents; daughter Beth Ann Kendall; and grandsons Matthew and Kyle Kendall.
The funeral service for Melba will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Gill Funeral Home, 308 E. Walnut St., Washington, IN 47501. Friends may call Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home and Saturday prior to the service from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Interment will follow the service at Oak Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Daviess County 4-H Association. Online condolences may be made at www.gillsince1872.com.
Published on February 23, 2017
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