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In Memory of

Margaret Wilson Kendrick

November 28, 1926 - August 4, 2017

Obituary


KENDRICK, Margaret Wilson, 90, passed from abundant life to eternal life on Friday morning, August 4, at Saint Thomas West Hospital, Nashville, surrounded by her family. She is preceded in death by her son, Robert E. Kendrick, Jr., and is survived by her husband of 67 years, Robert E. Kendrick, Sr., her brothers John Wilson (Talie) and Dr. Frank Wilson (Joy), two children, Mary Margaret Hamlett (Bob) and Philip Kendrick (Karen), five grandsons Daniel (Elizabeth), Ben (Spencer), Joel, Michael (Sheila), and Stephen, and a growing number of great-grandchildren. Margaret was born November 28, 1926, in...

KENDRICK, Margaret Wilson, 90, passed from abundant life to eternal life on Friday morning, August 4, at Saint Thomas West Hospital, Nashville, surrounded by her family. She is preceded in death by her son, Robert E. Kendrick, Jr., and is survived by her husband of 67 years, Robert E. Kendrick, Sr., her brothers John Wilson (Talie) and Dr. Frank Wilson (Joy), two children, Mary Margaret Hamlett (Bob) and Philip Kendrick (Karen), five grandsons Daniel (Elizabeth), Ben (Spencer), Joel, Michael (Sheila), and Stephen, and a growing number of great-grandchildren. Margaret was born November 28, 1926, in Clarksville, TN. She attended Clarksville High School and Austin Peay University, and married the love of her life, Bob Kendrick on December 17, 1949. She then moved to Nashville to join Bob who was attending Vanderbilt Law School. By 1956, Margaret had birthed three children, to whom she was devoted her entire life. Her devotion to her family extended to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, right up to the week of her death when she kept her two oldest great-granddaughters for an afternoon. Nashville has scarcely known two people more hospitable, charitable, and generous as Bob and Margaret. Their guest room was always occupied--whether by friends who were visiting or friends experiencing hard times. She would tell you what the Gulch used to be like before it was the hippest place to live, she knew, because she often ventured down there to deliver food to people who had none. When Bob and Margaret saw a need they could meet or someone they could help, they couldn't say no. As long as she lived, Margaret served meals in her house to anyone who could attend. Sunday lunch was a weekly tradition for decades and could easily range from 5-20 people without notice. For many years, there would be multiple holiday parties to accommodate gatherings of every social circle and every side of the family. People from all over the world have experienced “lunch at Grandmother’s” if they happened to pass through Nashville at the right time. Her wit and mental acuity are as legendary as any of her traits or gifts. She always knew what was going on, whether it was being up to speed on politics, the neighborhood buzz or listening to three different conversations in the same room. She dutifully and joyfully cooked and kept house, but would be quick to crack a joke about how lost the men of the world would be without women like her. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Margaret’s name to the Woodmont Hills Church Missions Fund (http://woodmont.org), or to Healing Hands International (www.hhi.org). Visitation will take place at Woodmont Hills Church on Tuesday, August 8th, from 5:00-7:00 pm, with memorial service immediately following at 7:00.