Mae Kirkendall, 98, of Riverside, passed away on Nov. 14, 2007 at Wockner Hospice Center, Kirkland, Wash.
She was born at Sprague, Wash. on Aug. 1, 1909. Her parents were Halley Howe and Ada Pierce Howe. She was preceded in death by Charlie, Kenneth and Bill Howe and five sisters, Grace Giffing, Pansy Blankenship, Daisy Finley, Rose Cotton and Eva Rogers.
Mae was married in May 1929 to Vern Kirkendall of Chesaw. They had two sons, Lee and Billie (deceased). Mae helped her husband with farming and raising cattle at Chesaw, Wauconda, Addy and Colville. After retirement Mae and Vern moved to Riverside and enjoyed good times with family, friends and neighbors tending to their garden and fruit trees. Her son, wife and family always enjoyed their visits to “grandma’s house” and looked forward to the warm cinnamon rolls and big dinner she had ready for them as soon as they arrived. Mae was a good cook and would fix large meals for the thrashing crews when she was young.
For eight years Mae and Vern also enjoyed the company and cared for Lillie Sutton, her sister-in-law. Mae was a member of the Omak Senior Center. May enjoyed her later years going to family reunions and traveling with her son and wife and grandchildren to Canada to see the World’s Fair, Oregon to see the ocean, Idaho and California. Mae spent the last few years in Bothell with her son and family and then was cared for at the Caring Adult Family Home in Bothell. We wish to thank Antonio, Vera (Vicki) and Likinesh for the wonderful help. We also want to thank Jim and Celia Tincher and their family of Riverside for their care of Mae and her home over the years.
Survivors include her son, Lee (Frances) Kirkendall of Bothell; five grandchildren: Leslie (Donald Wells Jr.) of Kent, Michael of Shoreline, Wayne (Christina) of Bellingham, Lorraine (Andrew Burnell) of Los Angeles, Stephen (Lesley) of San Jose, Calif.; two great grandchildren Charlie and Kayla and numerous nieces and nephews. Also, one sister-in-law, Hazel Howe of Tacoma.
A memorial service was held at the Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007 at 1 p.m. Internment followed at the Tonasket Cemetery.
Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel is in charge of arrangements.