Mary Kendrick


Mary Kendrick was born June 21, 1949 to Wilbert and Olivia Whitson in Berry, Alabama.

As a child she moved to Kentucky then Columbus, Ohio. She attended Columbus City Schools and graduated from East High School. After graduating, she attended The Ohio State University and received an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.

Mary worked for the city of Columbus for 30 years before retiring. She was a devoted member of New Mt. Sinai Church of God in Christ under the leadership of Elder Robert L. James. She remained there until the time of her passing. At New Mt. Sinai she was a part of various ministries and held her church and the fellow members dear to her heart.

Mary is preceded in death by parents, Wilbert and Olivia Whitson.

Mary leaves to cherish her precious memories, brother, Harold Whitson; children, Olivia (Howard Weldon) Whitson, Richard Kendrick, Patricia Ocansey, Donald Kendrick, and Anthony Kendrick; grandchildren, Antonio Whitson, Teria (Marcus) Hemphill, Sareina Houpe, Lynn Whitson, Lori Whitson, Maurice Fisher, MiAngel Gray, and Jace Forney-Kendrick; 13 great grandchildren, 5 nieces and nephews, and a host of cousins that were more like siblings.

Private Services entrusted to MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH 2500 Cleveland Ave.

Interment at Green Lawn Cemetery.

Condolence Messages

  1. Rosemarie Steward

    I was sad to hear my beloved Sis. Mary James had gone on to Heaven to get her reward. She was a beautiful person and she loved her church family. Rest in
    Heaven Mary. You will be truly missed! Love you!

  2. Olivia,
    So sorry for your loss. We know that she is at rest now. Praying God’s comfort for you and your family.

  3. Olivia & Tricia, I’m so sorry to hear of your beautiful Mother’s passing. Sis. Mary was a very special lady to me and holds a special place in my heart. I loved her sweet spirit & her smile – no matter how she felt, she always had that smile!! She will be greatly missed. My prayers and love to you all during this time, may God bless you and give you His peace and strength.

  4. From the time I first met Mary, I could see and feel her sweet spirit. She had a beautiful soul. She will be missed but I look forward to seeing her again soon. May the family continue to find comfort in our Heavenly Father.

  5. We are saddened to learn about your family loss.
    Continue to rely on God and know that he hears your prayer, because he cares for you. Truly sorry for your loss.

  6. May the peace and comfort that only the Father can give rest upon the family this day. Ms. Mary was truly a treasure to all who knew her. Her wisdom and kind spirit will be missed. She ALWAYS knew what to say and was ALWAYS ready to give a helping hand to those around her. Patricia and Teria, love you ladies very much. Shalom is yours!

  7. Family my thoughts and prayers are with you all. I wish I could be there with you cousins. Stay strong. Love
    Tracy Lynn

  8. Kevin & Lisa McPherson, Mooresville, NC

    Sister Kendrick was so genuine and loving! She endured her health issues with such grace- never complaining and always giving God praise! Her beautiful smile and caring spirit will be missed. Our prayers go out for the family during this difficult time.

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