Lois Rachel Kendrick died Sept. 19., in Grass Valley. She was 85.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2 at Whispering Pines Church in Grass Valley. The Rev. Tony Stanley will officiate.
She was born Lois Rachel Waller on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 1924, in Mitchell, S. D., to A. Merle and Cleo M. Waller. She grew up with her younger sister, Doris Jean, in the small town of Afton, Iowa, where she attended public school and graduated from Afton High School in 1943.
In April 1944, she married her sweetheart, Franklin N. Stanley from the neighboring town of Creston, Iowa. As World War II was on, she watched Franklin leave to serve in the U.S. 8th Air Force.
He returned in 1945, and the couple built a family of five in Long Beach, Calif. Franklin Jr. was born in 1945, Steven Pierce in 1946 and Lisa Rachel in 1952.
In 1956, the family moved to Torrance, Calif., and shortly thereafter, Mrs. Kendrick went to work as a secretary for the principals at Narbonne High School in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
When her husband died in 1975, she took employment with Delta Airlines as an executive secretary.
She remarried John S. Kendrick in 1982, and moved to Grass Valley, where she for the remainder of her life. Mrs. Kendrick worked for Delta Airlines until 1986, when she retired to become a full-time “hostess with the mostess,” devoted to both her family and church.
Mrs. Kendrick lived her entire life as a devout Christian in the United Methodist Church and Whispering Pines Church of Grass Valley. She loved to sing in the choir and play piano for worship service and family affairs.
Her interests and talents included crocheting, knitting, playing cards, keeping a daily journal, dancing and doing stunts on a bicycle. She was devoted to her “clan,” as she called it, and was a marvelous model in all her roles as wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and sister.
Mrs. Kendrick is survived by her three children; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her second husband, John Kendrick, in 2008.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Whispering Pines Church of Grass Valley, 680 Brighton St., Grass valley, CA 95945.
Arrangements are by Hooper and Weaver Mortuary, Nevada City.
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