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Ann Woolley Kendall, 87, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Anderson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, LaVonne Smith; two husbands; and one great-grandchild.
She is survived by son, Michael Kendall (Susie); grandchildren, Joshua Kendall, Jacob Kendall (Christine), Melissa Kendall Gray (Cameron), Melinda Kendall Rito (Christopher), Michelle Sanford (C.J.), Jason Anderson (Michelle), and Sara Hobart; 15 great-grandchildren; two nieces, Becky Smith and Kathy Douglas; great-nephew, Robbie Douglas; sister-in-law, Sylvia Kendall Salanitro, (Joseph); and niece, Amanda Salanitro Mixon (Christopher).
Ann was born in Richmond, Indiana, to Asher and Hilda (Stegall) Woolley on Feb. 16, 1930. She graduated from Richmond High School, Earlham College (1951) and earned a teaching certificate from Illinois State University. While at Earlham she met another student, Richard H. "Rick" Kendall whom she married in 1953. Her second marriage in 2007 to Sidney Crane likewise came through affiliation with another Quaker institution, Indianapolis First Friends Meeting.
As a birthright Friend, Ann was active in the Religious Society of Friends throughout her life. She was a member of First Friends Meetings in Richmond and Indianapolis. She assumed leadership roles in Western Yearly Meeting, United Society of Friends Women International, American Friends Service Committee and Friends World Committee for Consultation. Ann's many contributions to Earlham College were recognized when she received the 2000 Distinguished Service Award. She devoted countless hours as President of the Alumni Council, member of the Board of Trustees, Chair of the Conner Prairie Committee of the Earlham College Board and as a member of the Advisory Board of the Earlham School of Religion (ESR). Ann's exceptional abilities made her invaluable to these many organizations as well as in the elementary classroom. She established Key Services to utilize her talents for finance yet found time to pursue literary interests through Clio Club. Her community service in Indianapolis included Goodwill Service Guild, honorary member of the Ruth Lilly Education Center and honorary member of the Indianapolis Rotary Club. Ann accompanied Rick on many global trips in his service as a vice president of Rotary International.
Although she traveled widely, she devoted time to her family and friends, played piano and organ, supported the Indianapolis Symphony and was a fan of Indiana sports teams whenever possible.
Ann led a life true to her Quaker heritage in always helping others with her time, talent and treasure and bringing out the best in people. Even in later years when no longer contributing on boards and committees, she would reach out to individuals to pray for and encourage them in their professional and daily lives. She unconditionally loved all people, nature and animals. In a favorite poem one line seems to capture the essence of Ann Kendall's life, "For I know that thou, O God, hast surely use for me."
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, at First Friends Meeting, 3030 Kessler Boulevard East Drive, Indianapolis. A reception will follow the service in the fellowship hall.
Arrangements entrusted to Flanner and Buchanan-Broad Ripple.
Published on September 23, 2017
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