Margaret Christine Kendall, 85, of Monticello, passed away peacefully on February 16, 2022, at The Woods of Monticello Health and Rehab. Center.
She was born on August 21, 1936, to her parents, Bennie Frank and Hattie Mae Miles Ferguson. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Pine Bluff.
On December 24, 1953, at the age of seventeen, Margaret married her soulmate, Clarence Gordon Kendall, Jr. and began the life of a devoted military wife and mother. She was a mother of five before the age of twenty-three and sixth by the age of twenty-seven. Moving often to various duty stations with a large family was difficult. However, Margaret was strong. She knew what was expected of her and she kept her children and household in order.
She was a sweet, selfless soul who could talk to anyone, and wanted to help everyone, especially animals.
She loved to cook and watch her favorite shows, Perry Mason and Ironside with her beloved fur baby companion, “Lucky”.
She was also deeply religious and read her Bible and devotionals daily. Her intense love for her children and grandchildren kept her praying for them her entire life until she physically couldn’t anymore.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-three years, Clarence Gordon Kendall, Jr.; one daughter, Katherine Marie Kendall Droher; two sons, Billy Lamar Kendall, and Clarence G. Kendall, III; two brothers, Bennie Frank Ferguson, Jr. and (infant) William Ferguson; and one infant sister, Christalene Ferguson.
She leaves behind two daughters, Margaret Louise Menefee of Little Rock and Sherry Jones (Felton) of Crossett; one son, Paul Leroy Kendall (Sarah) of Huntsville, Alabama; two sisters, Peggy Burke (Keith) of Florence and Hattie Mae Woods (Sonny) of Rison; one brother, Robert Ferguson of Malvern; and a special daughter in-law, Mary Kendall of Pine Bluff; along with a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life graveside service will be held Sunday, February 20, at 2 p.m. at Oakland Cemetery in Monticello. Visitation will immediately follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the ASPCA to help animals.