Mary Malisia Kendall


Mary Malisia Kendall, 97, Kokomo, passed away at 2:46 p.m. Sunday, June 2, 2019, at Waterford Place Health Campus, Kokomo. She was born April 26, 1922, in Whizbang, Oklahoma, the daughter of the late Charles A. Sr. and Dessie E. (Ratcliff) McDorman. On Aug. 12, 1939, she married Gerald Kendall, who preceded her in death Sept. 6, 1989.
Mary worked for Reed Metal Craft from 1948 to 1955. The company then changed its name to Milbank, and Mary retired from there in 1968. After retirement, Mary worked for Bargain Center in the sewing room from 1980 to 1981. She loved making crafts, baskets, crocheting, and playing cards with her family.
Mary is survived by her children, Sharon (Robert) Harshman, Peru, Donna Downham, Galveston, Larry (Beryl) Kendall, Greentown, and Roger (Carol) Kendall, Kokomo; 14 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Gerald M. Kendall Jr.; siblings, Bessie Molden, Wanda Phifer, Charles McDorman Jr., William McDorman, Max McDorman, Leo McDorman, and Earl McDorman; daughter-in-law, Linda Kendall; and son-in-law, Larry Downham.
The family would like to extend a special thank-you to the staff of Waterford Legacy for the care they gave Mary.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday, June 10, 2019, at Stout & Son Funeral Home, 200 E. Main St., Russiaville, with Ken Spangler officiating. Burial will follow in Russiaville Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mary's memory to the Alzheimer's Association. Messages of condolence may be left online at
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Published on June 5, 2019
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