Andrews Mortuary Inc. (1924 - 2018)

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ANDREWS MORTUARY INC., INC. Jeanne Fleischman Kendig of Wilmington died on May 14, 2018. Born in St. Louis on April 21, 1924, she was the daughter of Rosella O'Keeffe and William Fleischman. She was proceeded in death by her brother, William Fleischman; her daughter, Karen Doubek, and her husband, Robert E Kendig, Colonel, USAF, Ret., to whom she was married for 64 years. During Jeanne's youth, her mother was confined to a hospital with rheumatoid arthritis. Able to visit her beloved mother only once weekly during those depression years, Jeanne nevertheless blossomed into a young woman of optimism, faith, and delight in what life brings. Her joi de vivre, intelligence, and quick wit immediately captivated her future husband, Robert, who was posted in St. Louis at the air base where Jeanne worked. Once formally introduced, a requirement of Jeanne's, the two never looked back. Jeanne happily adapted to the life of an Air Force wife, moving to Scott Field, Illinois; Biloxi, Mississippi; Amarillo, Texas; and overseas to Kaufbeuren, Germany and Paris. But it was Robert's reassignment to the Pentagon where Jeanne found her true home, Washington, DC. Once fully retired from the military, Jeanne and Robert returned to the Washington area to raise their daughters, establish a circle of devoted friends and build their combined legacy of community engagement. The University of Maryland was the epicenter of their lives for twenty years, but Jeanne found her calling in private museums where she worked as the assistant to the director at Hillwood Museum, the estate of Marjorie Post; later as a founding docent at Tudor Place, the Georgetown residence built by George and Martha Washington's granddaughter; and finally with Sarah Epstein and the Epstein Family Foundation. A devoted, fun and funny grandmother, Jeanne remained in DC until her grandsons were about ten, then in the mid-1990's moved to Wilmington, NC, with Robert, making their home in Porters Neck so as to be close to their baby granddaughter, Lily. In addition to sewing elaborate Halloween costumes for Lily, and happily providing frequent care for her grandog, Chaser, Jeanne continued her community service in Wilmington with St. Johns Museum of Art, and later the Cameron Art Museum, and as a board member of the Wilmington Concert Association. A kind word to many and a friend to all, Jeanne embodied what it is to be a lady, while always putting others at ease. And, it bears saying, she never met a dog she didn't like. Jeanne is survived by her daughter, Margee, son-in-law T. Tilghman Herring, of Wilmington, and three grandchildren, James Doubek of Washington, DC, Joseph Doubek of Philadelphia, PA, and Lily Herring of Wilmington. Her family-by-choice include Lynn Downing and Herb Fastrich of Wilmington and Stuart, Florida; and Corinna and Carolina Egerer of Frankfurt, Germany. A funeral will be held at St. Andrew's On-the-Sound, 101 Airlie Road, Wilmington, NC, 28403, on Friday, May 18, at 3:00 PM, The Reverend Richard G. Elliott officiating. A reception will follow the service at Margee and Tilghman Herring's residence, 209 Colonial Drive, in Wilmington. Memorial gifts may be offered to St. Andrew's On-the-Sound, to the Washington National Cathedral, Development Office, 3101 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20016-5098, or to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC, 28401. Condolences may be sent to the family at Andrews Market Chapel Service
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Andrews Mortuary & Crematory - Market Street Chapel
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 762-7788
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Published in the Wilmington Star-News on May 17, 2018