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FEENEY PATRICIA LARENE FEENEY aka PATRICIA LARENE HALE August 19, 1934 - November 14, 2012 Patricia Larene Hale began life in Salt Lake City, Utah on August 19, 1934 as the cherished first child of Larene Ellen Feeney and John Carson Hale. Her brother, John Feeney Hale, joined her 6 years later, and survives her. Patricia was a 1952 graduate of South High School in Salt Lake. She attended Stanford University as a Ford Scholar, graduating in 1956 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History. From there, she began a career with the American National Red Cross on the island of Okinawa, which ended when she met William Fabian Kendig, a Marine who changed her life and her name. They became the parents of Colleen Patricia Kendig Hollenbeck, William Fabian Kendig, Jr., and John James Kendig. John predeceased her in 2006 of a diabetic-related heart attack. Patricia reclaimed her Irish heritage and legally changed her name to Patricia Hale Feeney, her mother's maiden name. As a professional writer, her by-line newspaper columns have been published in Cuba, South Carolina and Salt Lake. She published two books. Other professional experience included a 25-year career as a Technical Writer with Martin Marietta and TRW in Washington, DC. In March 1996, Patricia married Dennis William Durham at St. Dominic's Roman Catholic Church in Washington, DC. He remained her cherished companion, chef, and traveling mate until her death of Aplastic Anemia at the age of 78. Besides Patricia's two living children, she is survived by six grandchildren: Claire, Ali, and Tantine Kimumbula Kendig, Harley and Hannah Hollenbeck and Riley Kendig; her brother, John, sister-in-law, Taffy Panek Hale, four nephews and their progeny; and daughter-in-law, Annie Evanoff Kendig. Patricia's cremains will reside in the columbarium at St. John's historic church in Richmond, Virginia beside her life-long friends, Patricia Ward and Ken Atherholt. The interment will be held at a later date.

Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 17, 2012