First United Methodist Church
3101 Colusa Hwy
Yuba City, CA 95993
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Helen Edith "Min" Kendall-Harris

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Helen Edith "Min" Kendall-Harris Obituary

Helen was born on August 1, 1929 in Norwich, Vermont to Gilman James and Jessie Anderson Thorburn Kendall. She was called to rest on August 20, 2017 in Yuba City, California. Helen went to grammar school at the Norwich Elementary School, in Norwich, Vermont, high school at Hanover High School, in Hanover, New Hampshire, and graduated in 1947. As senior class President and basketball Captain, her friends called her Kenny (short for Kendall) and later, her brothers called her "Min" which stuck throughout her adult life.

Following high school, she attended and graduated from Linden State Teachers College, located in Linden, Vermont, in 1948. During the summers, she worked at a resort on Lake Morey, at the Rutledge Inn, where she learned to make the world's best pies and pie crusts. After graduation she first taught at Wilder Elementary School, then later at the Norwich Elementary School, both in Vermont.

In 1954, she and her younger brother Thomas Edwin Kendall, along with his new bride, Silvia June, drove two vehicles, including her green Jeep Station Wagon out west to California. They settled down in Yuba City, California, and rented a room from Beth Crosby. Helen attended Chico State Teachers College, to get accredited in California, and began teaching grammar school at the Bridge Street School in Yuba City.

Helen met Larry met during the 1955 Flood in Yuba City. They were married on March 2, 1958, and built a house in Yuba City. In 1966, Min and Larry purchased the Tisdale Weir Ranch, in Meridian, where she lived out the remainder of her life raising children, gleaning walnuts and serving the community.

Min was a devout member of the Meridian Methodist Church, Meridian Farm Women and Daughters of the Nile. In her younger days she was the 4-H Community Leader for 15 years and number one supporter of her husband's endeavors including the Meridian Lions Club, and various Masonic Family affiliations. Min loved to paint and was particularly fond of painting scenes from Vermont and the Sutter Buttes and enjoyed spending time gardening her beautiful flowers.

Min is survived by her husband, Larry Harris, and her four children: Laurie Ann Harris, Guy Gilman Harris (Tammy), Tracy Beth Harris-Belnap (Louis) and Betsy Kendall Harris, Grandchildren: Drake (Samantha) and Thomas Carter; Scarlett, Jacob (Suzanne), and Veronica Harris; Cody (Madelyn), Tanner, and Lucas Belnap; Great-grandchildren: Raylan, Delilah, Cabela Carter, and Rylie Harris.

Services will be held on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 10:00 am at the United Methodist Church, 3101 Colusa Hwy. There will be a celebration of life will following the service to be announced.

Donations can be made to The Northern California Shriners Hospital, in Sacramento, CA.
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Published in Appeal Democrat from Aug. 24 to Aug. 27, 2017
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