Mary Ruth Kendall

Born: Mon., May 4, 1936
Died: Sat., Feb. 6, 2021


Celebration of Life to be held at a later date


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Mary Ruth Kendall, age 84, of Pittsfield, IL passed away on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL.  She was born on May 4, 1936 in Quincy, IL to Harold and Maxine Grammer Murphy.  She married Caroll Kendall on April 15, 1955 in Detroit, IL and he survives.

Mary Ruth graduated from Pittsfield High School, Class of ’54.  She went on to work with Jim Miles at Miles Drug Store and worked as a clerk at Town and Country with Gene and Betty Hoover.  After Caroll opened Kendall Accounting Firm in 1968, she worked as his assistant until they both retired in 1999.  Mary Ruth was a member of the Pittsfield United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women where she was very active serving on various committees.  She helped with turkey dinners, funeral dinners, Color Drive, and many other things.  She was one of the founding members in setting up the Class of ’54 Scholarship fund and was still active in helping and working hard with the younger generations to make it a success.  Mary Ruth was an avid reader and belonged to a book club, as well as playing in different bridge clubs.  She was very social and enjoyed her Monday afternoon coffee visits at Free Press.  She was a dear and trusted friend and helped many other women in their time of need.  She was interested in Pike County History and genealogy and she greatly enjoyed the time she spent visiting with her daughters and grandchildren.  A strong foundation of Mary Ruth’s life was faith, family, and friends.

She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Caroll Kendall; two daughters, Kim (Charlie) Hall of Danville, IL and Sara (Nate) Bartlow of Rushville, IL; five grandchildren, Rachel (Heath) Hanlin of Manlius, NY, Sarah (Chris) Harpst of Mahomet, IL, Daniel Hall of Chapel Hill, NC, Amy Thompson of Indianapolis, IN and William Thompson of Rushville, IL; three great grandchildren, Madeline Howes, Henry Howes, and Jesiah Hall-Harpst; special cousin, Robert Grammer of Texas; and nephew, Tom (Mary Jo) Kendall of Texas, and niece, Kathy (Larry) Lucy of Glen Carbon, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and brother in infancy, Edgar Murphy.

Due to Covid-19, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date and cremation rites have been accorded.  Memorials are suggested to be made to Pittsfield West Cemetery, Pittsfield United Methodist Church, and Class of ’54.  Online condolences may be left to the family at www.nieburfh.com.  Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Mary Ruth's memory to the following organizations:

Class of '54

Pittsfield United Methodist Church
222 N. Monroe, Pittsfield, IL 62363

Pittsfield West Cemetery

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Barbara S Goertz
   Posted Mon February 08, 2021
Sorry to here of her passing, I knew them as my dad had Carrol as his accountant for many years when I was young. Like to think they are singing in heaven together.

Brenda Manis
   Posted Mon February 08, 2021
The Pike County community has truly suffered a great loss with the passing of Mary Ruth Kendall. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting her in person, we did share many conversations over the past 20 years as she advocated for our John Wood Community College students through her passionate commitment to education. Her involvement in and support of the Pittsfield High School Class of 1954 Scholarship Fund has helped change the lives of so many students in our region.

Rest in peace Miss Mary.

Jeff and Heidi Cash
   Posted Mon February 08, 2021
We are so sorry for your loss. Mary Ruth was such a wonderful woman. She will be greatly missed.

Kristine Lundberg
   Posted Mon February 08, 2021
Our hearts are saddened to learn of your loss. Mary Ruth always made time to inquire about our family. She was such a grand lady with a heart of gold. She will be missed by the Lindsay family. With heartfelt sympathy!

Lori Bradshaw
   Posted Mon February 08, 2021
We are so very sorry to hear of Mary Ruth's passing. I know her little neighbor girls will sure miss her💔. Scott and Lori Bradshaw

Greg & Carolyn Dickerson
   Posted Tue February 09, 2021
We were so sorry to hear of Mary Ruth’s passing, Pittsfield lost another fine citizen!!! She was a great neighbor to us and a wonderful friend to Neitha. She was very passionate about her beliefs and the people she cared about. Mary Ruth will definitely be missed by many!!! Our sincere condolences to the family!

Trent Halpin
   Posted Tue February 09, 2021
Mary Ruth was a treasure to the greater Pike County area. Her caring, kind approach to helping others was evident in her actions and words. She made you feel special.

Mike and Trish Bradshaw
   Posted Tue February 09, 2021
Mary Ruth was such a good friend to our family. She was thoughtful and giving to others in their times of need. We will miss her so much! Our condolences to Carol and the girls.

Theresa A Halpin-Lacey
   Posted Tue February 09, 2021
To the Kendall Family, Mary Ruth was a great lady. Always asking about family. Always checking on dad(which they went to school together). She was such a caring person and wanted to help. I will miss her visits at the grocery store, Wal-Mart, or where ever we would see each other. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time.

Richard Heitholt
   Posted Tue February 09, 2021
Dear Carroll, I am saddened to learn of Mary Ruth’s passing. She was a lovely person Fern and I enjoyed being with you many times. May god be at your side as you face the future without her.

Robert (Bob) Schedel
   Posted Wed February 10, 2021
Carroll---
So very sorry to learn of Mary Ruth's passing. Kindly accept my sincere condolences
to you and family.
Sincerely,
Robert (Bob) Schedel

John H. Murphy
   Posted Wed February 10, 2021
So sorry to hear Mary Ruth's passing. I am her cousin. I haven't seen her since I was a child, but I remember her as such a happy and out going person, which she has been her entire life as others have said. She will be greatly missed.

Lori Block
   Posted Thu February 11, 2021
Kim, I am so sorry to hear about your mother's death. No words can describe the loss of your mother. I will keep you all in my prayers to find peace and healing. Love you.

Bonnie Casteel Long
   Posted Thu February 11, 2021
For Carroll and families, my condolence on the loss of Mary Lou. I always enjoyed meeting her anytime and place for a brief chat. I first came to know her at Miles Drug while in PHS and working for GTE. She was loved by many for her friendly and kind ways. I pray the love of family and friends along with pleasant memories will ease your grief at this time. God Bless you all.
My Sincere Sympathy.

Pat Newman
   Posted Wed February 17, 2021
Kim, so very sorry to hear of your mom's passing. What a great person. Going to miss seeing her at Aunt Bonnies at the dining room table when I would just pop in. My entire Family thought the world of her. Our sympathy to your entire family.

Darwin and Lisa Feenstra
   Posted Thu February 18, 2021
We were so sorry to hear of Mary Ruth's passing. From the time we began attending the Pittsfield United Methodist Church with our sons, Mary Ruth was always friendly and made us feel welcome there. She interviewed our son, Joey, for a Class of '54 scholarship and from that time on, whenever she saw me or Joey, she would ask how he was doing and was so encouraging and kind. I appreciated the opportunity to get to know her and I know Joey was grateful for her assistance and encouragement and for the scholarships he received from this very generous group, as are we. She will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Darwin, Lisa (Burbridge), and Joey Feenstra

Roger and Tina Hall
   Posted Sat February 20, 2021
We were so sorry to hear of Mary Ruth’s passing. Sending our sincere condolences.

Roger and Tina Hall
   Posted Mon February 22, 2021
So sorry for your loss. Sending our sincere condolences. Roger and Tina Hall

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