Madelyn Lucille (Pendarvis) Kennicutt, 95, of Peoria went home to be with the Lord on September 20, 2016 at Brookdale Skilled Nursing in Denver, Colorado. She was born on July 19, 1921 in Henderson County, Illinois to Everett and Beulah (Dowell) Pendarvis.
Madelyn grew up in Biggsville, IL and attended Western Illinois University in Macomb. She began work for Modern Woodmen in Rock Island, IL.
Madelyn married Robert Kennicutt in 1947 in Biggsville, IL and they celebrated 68 years of marriage in 2015. They were long-time residents of Morton and Peoria, IL.
Madelyn was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria and was a faithful participant in the FTF Sunday School class. She enjoyed music, singing, reading and travelling with Dad, especially visiting their children in Singapore, Taiwan, China, Switzerland, Canada and Belgium. As the family was growing, she made a home for us, also attending most of our sporting and music events, while encouraging our educational growth.
Madelyn was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert, her sister Dorothy and husband Lee Cochran, and her brother-in-law, Lance Steele.
Madelyn is survived by her sons Steve (Maureen) Kennicutt of Greenwood, IN, Dan (Char) Kennicutt and Dave (Annie) Kennicutt , both of Highlands Ranch, CO, her daughter Karen (Bill) Lerch of Beaver Dam, WI; her sister Arlene (Lance) Steele of Biggsville, IL; her grandchildren Matthew Kennicutt, Jeremy (Brittany) Kennicutt, Aaron (Mindy) Lerch, April (Reggie) Uduhiri, Gwen and Beth Kennicutt, Stephen, Daniel and Joel Kennicutt; her great-grandchildren, Hannah, Jadon, Philip, and Raya Lerch, Toby Uduhiri, Emma James Kennicutt and her 4 nieces and 3 nephews and their families.
A private memorial service will be held at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria, IL, where she is laid to rest alongside her husband, Robert.