9/13/2020 – Mary (Jane) Kendall, Omar

Ms. Mary (Jane) Kendall, 98, of Omar, passed away, Sunday morning, Sept. 13th, at her residence, where she was under the care of her family and Hospice of Jefferson County.

There will be a Graveside Service in the Spring on the family plot on Grindstone Island.

Jane was born February 24th, 1922, at her family’s home on Quaker Hill, Dutchess  County. She was the daughter of William H. and Grace McCardell Kendall.

Her family moved to the Town of Clayton in 1928, where she attended the one room schoolhouse on Grindstone Island. Once she attended high school her family moved to the Village of Clayton, where she graduated from Clayton Central in 1938.

During World War II, she worked at the New York Air Brake making parts needed by the military for the war effort.  After the war, she worked at the Chevrolet-Oldsmobile garage as a bookkeeper, and later for Bill Dominy and Doug Schell at the car dealership, and finally retiring working for Pat Phinney at Phinney’s Chev-Olds.

Jane continued working into her 80’s for her dear friends Allen and Susan Benas at the T.I. Inn.

She was the oldest living member of the River Community Church, spending her life serving the lord.

Jane was a member of the Clayton American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, the Order of the Eastern Star, and the T.I. Quilters.

She is survived by two nieces, Billie Timmerman Lawrence and her husband Larry of Omar, where Jane resided, and Terry Timmerman Bognanno of Winterhaven, Florida; a great niece, Meredith (Clair) of Fairport; a great nephew, Derrick (Jessica) Lawrence of Burlington, Vermont; a great great niece, Kendall Smith; and a great great nephew Ronan Smith.

A sister, Mrs. Richard (Harriett) Timmerman, died June 8th, 1951, at the age of 25, and a brother Charles (Bud) Kendall, died in 1994.

Donations can be made in her name to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham Street Road, Watertown, NY, 13601, or the River Community Church, 38844 Bartlett Point Road, Clayton, NY, 13624.


  1. Cindi Kennell Posted

    I am so sorry for the loss of Aunt Jane. She truly was a beautiful person and know you will miss her. My sympathies to all of you. Fly high Aunt Jane………….

  2. William Breitenbuecher Posted

    Billie and family, I’m so sorry to learn of Jane’s passing. She was my very first neighbor when I moved to Clayton in 1975. Our years together at the Baptist church are also fond memories. She was a lovely, kind person. My thoughts are with you. Bill Breitenbuecher

  3. Sharron McAvoy Posted

    Sympathy in the death of our cousin Mary Jane She will go from light to light in the Paradise of God.

  4. Larry and Billie Lawrence and family Terry I am so sorry for your loss but she will live on in many of our lives. Aunt Jane gave me quite a few values to live my life by and I do treasure them. May she rest in peace love you Aunt Jane

  5. Donna Dutton Posted

    Billie, Terry and family, Sincere condolences to you on Aunt Jane’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very sad time. She was a wonderful person and will be missed.

  6. carol bisonett Posted

    Larry, Billie, Derrick and family, we are sorry for your loss and may all your memories bring some comfort. Jane was one of the nicest ladies and always had a kind word. She was also one of the first persons I met when I moved to Clayton. our thoughts will be with yous in the coming days and our prayers. Love Steve and Carol Bisonett

  7. Linda M Reynolds Posted

    Billie, Larry and family. Please accept Jim’s and my condolences on the loss of your Aunt Jane. She was a lovely lady. May she rest in peace.
    Jim and Linda

  8. Nancy flanders Posted

    Terry, Billie and family we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Jim and Nancy

  9. Pam Massia Posted

    So sorry to hear about “Aunt Jane”. May she Rest In Peace.

  10. ANN STORANDT Posted

    Our world has lost one of the best! “Aunt Jane” enriched every person she knew, and my family and I are among the lucky people to know her many years. To Terry, Billie and your families, my wishes and prayers are for wonderful memories to comfort you. She was truly a thoughtful and gracious person.

  11. Roland and Nancy Van Deusen Posted

    Billie and family— sorry for your loss
    which is really a loss to us all. Warm
    memories of a vibrant soul will always
    be with us.

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