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Frances Lillian Kendall

- - After an eight-year battle with cancer, Frances Lillian Kendall, 64, died on November 21st at her home surrounded by family.

Originally from Branford, CT, Frances earned her BA in English from Southern Connecticut State College. After college, she embarked to the South Korean Island of Ulleungdo for a two-year service in the Peace Corps. Following that she earned a Master of Science in Public Health from Yale University, and then a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Missouri. For 28 years, Frances worked at Salisbury University in the Communication Arts Department where she was a sought-after colleague and beloved teacher.

Frances saw life as a series of adventures. She crisscrossed the USA numerous times, once by bicycle. She snorkeled, swam with dolphins, and participated in athletic events including triathlons and the Midnight Marathon in Anchorage, Alaska.

Frances had great culinary skills, creating tasty vegan dishes and scrumptious, artful cookies, which she shared with friends and family. She carved, painted, photographed and crocheted — the latter providing hundreds of hats and scarves for local shelters and seniors.

Throughout the years, Frances made countless lifelong friends. Her spirit of living and giving back drew people to her. She loved and was loved, and many are grateful they had the chance to share in her journey.

Frances is survived by her loving husband Mark Ford; her beloved brother David, his wife Cynthia and their children Giuliana and R. Ian; stepchildren Crystal (Jason), Michelle (Edd) and Phillip (Stacey); brother-in-law Bob (Kathy); sisters-in-law Su (Mike) and Jill; two stepgrandsons; a host of nieces and nephews; and the latest in a lifetime of rescued cats, Bugsy. She is predeceased by her parents, Professor Robert E. and Maria G. Kendall.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Kendall-Ford Outstanding Scholar-Leader Award in Broadcasting. Make checks payable to the Salisbury University Foundation, PO Box 2655, Salisbury, Md 21802 ( Please note Kendall-Ford Award on donation.

A memorial service is planned on her birthday, Sunday, May 19, 2019 at the Ward Museum.
Published in The Daily Times on Nov. 26, 2018
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