January 2, 2014

Doris F. Kendall

— Doris F. Kendall

Doris F. Kendall was born Oct. 25, 1917 to John Fredrick and Jeanette Frazier in Jacksonville, Fla. When she was three months old, she and her family moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where she grew up and attended Girls High School.

After graduating at age 17, she moved to Oklahoma City to live with her Aunt Mamie and Uncle Eddie Gleek. She attended Oklahoma City University, graduating in Medical Laboratory Technology. She was a member of the Cardinal Key, Beta Beta National Biological Fraternity, and Beta Alpha Phi. Doris interned at St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City. She was licensed under the American Society of Clinical Pathology.

Upon graduation, Doris began working for St. Anthony's Hospital. Then in 1939, she moved to Ardmore and worked at the Veazey Medical Clinic where she would meet her future husband, Dr. Robert Lewis Kendall, in 1941. In 1943, they were married just before he was sent to Europe for World War II. After the war they moved to Okmulgee, where they practiced medicine at the Ming-Vernon Clinic, which would later be called the Ming-Kendall Clinic, and then the Kendall-Buell Clinic. While in Okmulgee, three daughters were born: Kathryn Ann, Martha Marie, and Sally Jeanne.

In 1951, they moved to Erick. Three more daughters were born: Patricia Lou, Roberta Sue, and Doris Elizabeth. Doris and Lewis were very active in the community. Aside from their medical practice, Doris was involved in the Erick School system with all of the girls' activities, including class parties, band, piano, organ, FHA Mother, class parent, cheerleading, and various summer camps. Doris was always ready at the drop of a hat to make dental, orthodontic, optometrist, and hair appointments for the girls.

The American Legion was also a large part of Doris' life. She served as the local Gray Cluck Unit 113 President, District 7 President, and she held state offices, including Department President 1984-85. She was also a senior counselor for a number of years at Oklahoma Girls State. Doris participated in American Legion meetings across the state, as well as many national meetings. Doris enjoyed taking numerous international trips with Lewis and the girls, in 1985, Lewis passed away at home. Doris continued to live in Erick and remained an active member in the American Legion Auxiliary and continued serving on the Sage Brush Board of Directors.

She is preceded in death by her parents and husband, Robert Lewis Kendall.

She is survived by all six daughters, Katie and husband, John Reno, Martha Eshleman, Sally and husband, Phillip Reed, Patsy and husband, Doug Prather, Roberta and husband, Warren Jackman, and Elizabeth Kendall; three grandchildren, Patti and husband, Chris Jensen, Kendall and wife, Charity Prather, and Jason Reed; six great-grandchildren, Tayler Jensen, Tanner Jensen, Camryn Jensen, Tristan Grantham, Cale Prather and Cole Prather as well as a host of other relatives and friends.

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