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Theresa Ann Holtz Kendall (Terry) 1930- Feb. 18, 2013 Theresa was born in Houston, Texas.Terry spoke with loving memories of her early years were spent in La Marque, Texas, with her father, mother and brother A. E. in "the house my father built." A. E. recalls her following him everywhere, offering to help from the time she could walk. Her father's work took them from La Marque to Sweeny, Texas where Terry played basketball at Sweeny High School and graduated in 1947. She was only 16 years old, but Terry was accepted and ready to attend the UT (Austin). Her home away from home was the Wesley Foundation of Austin and the University Methodist Church. During her senior year, she said 'yes' to a proposal made south of the University of Texas Tower, close to the Littlefield Fountain. This proposal led to a partnership of over 61 years: Terry & Carl Kendall were married on August 25, 1951 in the Chapel at Stephen F. Austin's Peach Point Plantation, Jones Creek, Texas. In the mid-1950s, they moved to Huntsville where Terry started working on her Master's degree while teaching English at Sam Houston State University. She was very fond of Huntsville, the Methodist Church, the women's group, and the life-long friendship of Mary and Fred Bobbitt. They moved to Richmond, Texas where she taught English for one year, then Sociology, at Wharton-County Junior College from the mid-1060s to the mid-1980s. Her teaching style was interactive and highly appreciated by the students. Memorable "minority" dinners took place in her home featuring student-made food representing different cultures. Twice recognized as an "Outstanding Educator of America" (1972, 1974), she was also awarded a grant allowing her to travel and document various aspects of the Native American cultures of the desert southwest. She fulfilled her desire to learn about these cultures as expressed thrugh sculpture, textiles, paintings, and jewelry,. She developed a personal life-long friendship with Stella Naranjo, who served as grant consultant. During this time she was active in the First United Methodist Church in Richmond, Texas, the United Methodist Women, and developed many friendships in the area. Upon retirement, they moved to Alto, Texas where they could be closer to family, including Buster and Marlene Kahla, and Joanne Rairigh. Terry expanded her interest in roses and started to take a greater interest in native plants. In 1998 they moved back to the Austin area settling in the (then) small town of Dripping Springs. Terry volunteered to teach parolees basic English and grammar skills to help G.E.D preparation, joined the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and become extremely active in the Central Texas Interstitial Cystitis Support Group - Austin, where she advised fellow sufferers by phone and at the meetings. She was also active in the Austin Rose Society, lately as vice president. Terry was a remarkable, determined woman. In spite of a plethora of medical conditions that any human with a lesser spirit would have found unbearable, she lived her life to the fullest and spared no effort to sustain and cherish the lives of those she loved, whether family, friend, or neighbor. Terry raised two sons, helped raise two granddaughters, and was helping to raise her great-granddaughter when the Lord called her home. She is survived by her husband, Carl Lloyd Kendall; brother, A.E. Holtz (wife Jean); sons Paul Lloyd Kendall (wife Carol), and David Arthur Kendall (wife Georgina); granddaughters Chelsea Shane Kendall-Meckel (spouse Sumner), and Aeowyn Elizabeth Kendall; great-grandson Joseph Cayden Hagar and great-granddaughter Ashlinn Rain Kendall. Terry and Carl also "adopted" several individuals into the family over the years, most notably Bob and Georgia Hobbins, Terry and Donna Brown, Cindy Kendall, and David and Barbara McArthur. In addition to these individuals, the family also wishes to thank the church family, the staff at Christopher House, the Hope Group, Martha and Herb Schoener, Heather Kitzul, Liz, Chris, Alicia and Tracy Cluck, John Kube and Nancy Waddel. A service to celebrate her life will be held at 2:00pm, March 23, 2013 at Dripping Springs United Methodist Church, 28900 Ranch Road 12. In lieu of flowers feel free to make donations to the . For more information, contact Dripping Springs United Methodist Church at (512) 894-7123.

Published in Austin American-Statesman on Mar. 17, 2013
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