Drusilla Ann Kendrick
Long-time Palmer resident passed away at age 92 on September 2, 2019.
Born in Waterloo, Ontario on October 14, 1926, Drusilla grew up near Binghamton, New York. During WWII, Drusilla worked in a factory building bombers. In 1946, she married Harry Kendrick, and they soon drove up the newly constructed Alaska Highway. The couple bought a colony homestead in the Butte area and farmed there approximately 15 years. After her youngest started school, Drusilla taught nursery school at Palmer Children’s House for many years. Her former students remembered and greeted her fondly long after they were grown. Drusilla returned to farm work around the time many people think of retiring – working at Vanderweeles’ farm through her 60s. Drusilla’s greatest love and interest was always her family. Her attendance at band and chorus concerts was guaranteed, and she provided her daughters, and later her grandchildren, with unwavering, unequivocal support for any decision they made. Drusilla exemplified integrity and humility, and she treated everyone with respect. Still, she was hardly gullible and easily saw the humor in life. Although Drusilla usually kept opinions to herself, when she did speak, her ideas were worth hearing. Drusilla was an active member of St. Michael Catholic Church for 70 years, working behind the scenes in any way required. She loved to sing and was a dedicated member of the church choir as well as singing with MatSu Community Chorus for many years. She was thrilled to sing in the chorus that traveled to Rome and performed for Pope John Paul II in 1982. Drusilla was always up for an adventure, whether just down the road or out of state. Other hobbies over the years included sewing clothes and toys for her children, crocheting, gardening and crafting handmade greeting cards.
Drusilla was preceded in death by brothers William, Paul, and John Barnhardt, husband Harry Kendrick, and daughters Susan Kendrick and Kathy Milward.
She is survived by her sister Hazel Koppenberg, daughters Diane Kendrick-Adey, Christine Kendrick and Lois Kendrick, and by her five grandchildren – Seth France, Corey Leff, Anastasia Kendrick-Adey Garcia, Ian Adey and Megam Milward – plus six great-grandchildren and many grand-doggies, and an extended family of cousins, nieces and nephews. She was loved and respected by all, and will be sorely missed.
A funeral mass will be held at St. Michael Catholic Church in Palmer at noon on Saturday, September 21.