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Muriel 'Mimi' Kendall

January 27, 2020

Muriel 'Mimi' KendallMuriel "Mimi" Jeanne Kendall, age 91, of Watertown and Thousand Island Park on Wellesley Island passed away on January 27, 2020. She was the wife of Attorney Frederic Stephen Kendall with Conboy, McKay, Bachman & Kendall law firm.

Mimi was born in Watertown, NY on August 17, 1928 to Charles and Catherine Reilly. She married Frederic at St. Patrick's Church on September 12, 1953. She is survived by her children, Jonathan (Patricia) Kendall, Omaha, NE, Susan Kendall, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, daughter in-law, Evelyn Kendall; also surviving are five grandchildren (Jennifer (Todd Hatcher), Sean (Taylor), Kathleen (Bill Denton), Ian, and Caitie), and three great-grandchildren (Quinn, James, and Jonathan); sister Ellen (James) McCormick, Nashua, NH, and brother Michael (Eileen) Reilly, Babylon, NY.

She was predeceased by her husband Frederic, son Thomas Peter Kendall, son Stephen MacDonald Kendall, sister Mary Patricia Urban, brother Charles Francis Reilly, and grandson Jonathan Kendall.

Mimi grew up in Watertown, NY and attended Watertown High School. She later attended the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY where she graduated in 1949 with a four-year degree in Business Administration/Retail Management. During college, Mimi was a member of Phi Upsilon Phi sorority. After college, Mimi worked as a sales representative and a model for McCurdy's Department Store in Rochester. Mimi moved back to Watertown where she was employed in business telephone administration by NY Telephone Company in Watertown.

Mimi was a Cub Scout Mother for all three of her sons. For several years, Mimi volunteered at the House of the Good Samaritan Hospital in Watertown. She served as a member of the board for the Thousand Island Park library, the House of the Good Samaritan Auxiliary, and the Watertown Community Concert Association. She also sang with the Watertown Male Chorus, and belonged to a hospital auxiliary Twig. Mimi enjoyed her family, endless days on the St. Lawrence River in the 1000 Islands, reading, music, tennis, downhill and cross country skiing. Mimi and Frederic also enjoyed spending time at their Thousand Island Park cottage and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The Kendalls held memberships at the Ives Hill Golf and Country Club, Black River Valley Club, and the Watertown Health and Racquet Club.

Most of all, Mimi was a very kind person who warmed many people's hearts. Her smile was contagious and her quiet wisdom was very strong and apparent to those who knew her.

Calling hours will be held from 4 to 6 pm on Friday, February 7th at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc. 214 Sterling St. Watertown, NY 13601. The Funeral will be at Holy Family Church at 11 am on Saturday, February 8th. The family plans to have a private burial ceremony in May on Wellesley Island, NY.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Thousand Island Park Library, 42743 St. Lawrence Ave., Thousand Island Park, NY 13692. Online condolences to her family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#11 Andy FitzGerald 2020-02-08 10:31
Kendall Family my condolences on Mimi's passing. She is the last of the great generation in our sphere. She lived a long and meaningful life. I hope you are all well and we will meet on life's road in the future. Respectively Andy
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#10 Tom & Linda McGeehan 2020-02-06 14:16
Jon, Susan and the entire Kendall Clan, please accept our deepest sympathy on the loss of Mimi. As we said to Jon; "Mimi was a Great Lady, a confident woman and was well ahead of her time." We really enjoyed being in her company a few years ago at The River. Jon and Susan you were blessed to have had such wonderful parents. Take care and see you soon.
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#9 Kathy Woolf 2020-01-31 10:57
My deepest sympathies to Mimi's family. I was Mimi's "Watertown" stylist for many many years and consider her a dear friend. We had so many heart to hearts and belly laughs over the years, I will always keep my memories of her close and will miss her dearly. I made a few home visits since she moved to Ives and Summit, the last being just days ago. She said she was happy at Summit and that they spoiled her. She seemed at peace. I am glad I made that last visit, although wish I had made many more. Love you Mimi...I will miss you so much!
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#8 Charlie Tebbutt 2020-01-29 23:02
Dear Jon, Sue and the entire Kendall Family- as multi-generatio nal family friends, the Tebbutts celebrate the life of Mimi. The old guard has now given way to the next, though not necessarily young, guard. Jack would have said something like, "Well, you outlasted us all Slim. Good for you!" Many a porch cocktail, many a Sunday boat ride with Fredley, Penny, Ralph, and us kids. Thanks for the memories! Love-Charlie
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#7 Kate Dickson 2020-01-29 16:29
Deepest sympathies to all of the Kendalls. Mimi always made me laugh and I learned something whenever I spoke with her.
Love to you all.
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#6 Beth Preminger 2020-01-29 14:19
My sympathies to Jon and Sue and the extended Kendall family. Mimi was a kind a generous person and I enjoyed our talks over the years in the Park. She will be missed at the corner of Union and Star.
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#5 Robert Bornhurst 2020-01-29 13:59
I want to express my deepest sympathy at Mimi’s passing. She was and still is a true friend who loved all and is loved by all. There are countless fond memories shared between our families, and I cannot pick out any single one as the “best”. She was so consistently gracious, friendly, caring, interesting, loving and the list goes on. You have to be so proud and happy to have had her as “Mom” .
But remember although you can’t see her, she is still nearby and always will be. She hasn’t left you, and is now enjoying her reward with our Lord, while still watching over you.
Love, Bob Bornhurst.
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#4 Linda Dake 2020-01-29 12:55
I worked for Mimi for 7years. I took care of Fred until his passing and continued to work for Mimi. She was a kind and and beautiful lady. I remember the talks and advice we gave each other. She will be missed. Condolences to Jon, Susan and family and friends. Fly high Beautiful Angel.
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#3 Martha S Lava 2020-01-29 10:28
To Mike, my friend of many years, my sympathies to you and your family for the loss of your beautiful sister.
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#2 Celeste Kline 2020-01-29 07:49
so sorry for your loss I am going to miss seeing her
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