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Ann Kingdon

March 22, 1929 — November 15, 2018

Ann Lee Kingdon
1929-2018


Beloved sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Ann Lee Kearley Freeman Kingdon passed away with her family by her side on November 15, 2018 in Missouri City, Texas. She was born March 22, 1929 to Harold Kearley and Minnie Lee Winston in Columbus, Mississippi, where she spent her early years before moving to the Mobile, Alabama area with her mother and stepfather, Paul Freeman. During World War II she and her family spent time in Syracuse and New York City, New York, before moving to Pasadena, Texas, where she graduated with honors from high school. She married Kenneth Kingdon on January 15, 1949, and they raised four children during their fifty-two years together.

Ann had a deep reverence for the natural world, especially the birds (and the squirrels!) she would feed in her backyard, and she was instrumental in passing on this reverence to her family. She was an excellent seamstress and a formidable card player, as both family members and friends can attest. She loved collecting antiques and doing crossword puzzles. Smart as a whip, she was an avid reader throughout her long life, always staying abreast of the news and voicing support of progressive political causes. She rooted passionately for the Houston Astros, especially savoring their recent World Series victory.

Ann was a longtime member of the PEO International, a worldwide philanthropic educational organization started by women in 1869 and committed to the celebration and advancement of women through educational scholarships and awards. In addition to her community service work in Amarillo, she also was recognized for her work with the United Way, helping direct clients in need to available local services. Along with her devotion to family, at the center of her life in Amarillo was her membership in St. Peter's Episcopal Church, whose ministry she furthered as a Vestry member and Lector.

She will be remembered by her family and all fortunate enough to cross her path for her practical wisdom and wise counsel; her generous caregiving and resilience in facing life's challenges; her love for and pride in fostering a close-knit family. In the end, no words can do justice to this remarkable woman, whose life epitomized the Episcopal core values of inclusiveness and respect for the diversity of creation. We truly mourn her passing; but we also surely will continue to celebrate this exemplary life and treasure the many memories of our times together in her home, our homes, and on the road trips throughout the American West.

Ann is survived by her younger sister Carolyn Kearley Smith of Wenatchee, Washington; by her loving children Kenneth Kingdon, Jr. (Joe Ann) of Missouri City; Kathryn Ann Tatum (Stephen) of Salt Lake City, Utah; Keith Kingdon (Pamela) of Houston; Kevin Kingdon, also of Salt Lake City; and her stepdaughter Peggy Jennings of Kennewick, Washington. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and six great-granddaughters, and a niece and nephew in Washington State. Ann was preceded in death by her parents and her stepfather, her half-sister Karen Kearley Gordon, as well as her husband Ken.

The family would like to thank Father Mike Besson of the St. Catherine of Sienna Episcopal Church for his pastoral care, along with Harbor Hospice for their exceptional care of mom during her final days. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at St. Catherine of Sienna Episcopal Church. At a later date, the family will gather at the Columbarium Chapel of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Amarillo, Texas, to lay mom's ashes to rest beside her husband Ken. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in her memory to St. Catherine of Sienna Episcopal Church in Missouri City or the National Audubon Society of Texas at http://tx.audubon.org .

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December 1, 2018 10:30am, St. Catherine of Sienna Episcopal Church

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