Barbara Jean Kendrick, 88, departed for her heavenly home on Friday, March 17, 2023,
surrounded by her loving family. Born Barbara Jean McCrory on November 17, 1934, she grew
up in Portageville, Missouri. She was the daughter of Allie Mae Green (1916-2010) and Wilton
T. McCrory (1911-1958) and was the eldest of four children.
In 1952 she graduated from Gideon (Mo.) High School and worked as a telephone operator in
Cape Girardeau, Missouri. She also attended Southeast Missouri State College. While living
there she found her true love, Jerry Kendrick, and they married in Cape Girardeau on
September 13, 1959. They would remain together for 61 years.
Barbara embraced her life as a wife and mother, giving birth to Michael, then Pamela. She
volunteered frequently for her children’s school programs and activities. Her Christian faith was
vitally important and the cornerstone of her life, and she lived it out through her service at
church and in her community. In her later years she returned to Cape Girardeau to rejoin her
extended family and lived most recently in Fayetteville, NC.
Barbara is survived by her children Michael (Andrea) Kendrick of Wheaton, IL and Pamela (Jim)
Biermann of Fayetteville, NC; two sisters, Gladys Inmon of Bentonville, AR and Wandena Dean
of Chickasaw, AL; a brother, W. T. McCrory of St. Louis, Missouri; four grandchildren: Anna
(Scott) Scheidt; Alex Biermann; Hope (CJ) Neumaier; and Kelly Roascio; and three great-
grandchildren: Ruby, Nico, and Della.
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