Myrtle Ester Kendrick • May 22, 2022



Myrtle Esther Kendrick, age 94, was born August 16th, 1927, to the late Verren and Loney Walker Lee. She passed peacefully on Sunday, May 22, 2022.
She grew up in a loving family that together worked their farm to provide both for themselves and to produce turpentine and cotton. From her brief time working at St. Regis Paper Mill, Myrtle met Norville and were later married on July 31, 1947. They celebrated 53 years of marriage before his passing, during which they welcomed and raised three children in Cottage Hill, and later returned to Myrtle’s homeplace in Gateswood Community.
Norville and Myrtle loved to travel together with their young family on numerous road trips, followed by camping with grandkids, which ultimately brought them to build their favorite retreat in the North Georgia Mountains. Myrtle continued to travel and fly with both Deborah and Larry and their families into her late eighties.
Myrtle was sweet and humble. She loved her Savior, was a faithful member of Hamilton Baptist Church and loved her congregation dearly, and could be found singing and humming many a hymn in her kitchen while she prepared delicious meals that brought her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and other family and friends to her table for as long as she was able.
Myrtle was home in Gateswood where she had hoped to remain to enjoy the daily company of her sister, Lorrine, but they later lived at Poarch Creek Indian Reservation until declining health took her to live with Deborah in Georgia until she passed.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Norville F. Kendrick; sons, Norville “Freddy” Kendrick Jr. and Larry N. Kendrick; and siblings, Lloyd Lee (Mary Lou), Elva Sasnett (Leslie), Byron Lee (Euthema), A.C. Lee (Kate), Hazel Manning (Sherill), Mabel Elizabeth Lee, and V. Wilson Lee.
She is survived by her sister, E. Lorrine Young; sister-in-law, Dot Lee; daughter Deborah Lester (Jim); six grandchildren, Lisa Kendrick, Christopher Kendrick, Stephanie (Lester) Mooney, Kerry (Kendrick) Kust, Robert Bradley “Brad” Lester, and Dana (Lester) Chambers; eighteen great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins who were all dear to her.
The family will receive friends for visitation at Pensacola Memorial Gardens Funeral Home from 9:30am-10:30am Wednesday, May 25, 2022 with the funeral to follow at 10:30am.

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