Sylvas Iola Waddle Pendleton went on to her eternal glory Oct. 9, 2008. She would have celebrated her 95th birthday on Oct. 20.
Mrs. Pendleton lived in Kennett 80 years and was a vital member of the community. She was a past Elder and member of the First Presbyterian Church. She started the local farmer's market in the late 70s and was in charge of overseeing it until 2007. Her church activities and the relationships she formed with the people of her church sustained her the last 20 years after the death of her husband. She was the quintessential Presbyterian southern lady.
Mrs. Pendleton was involved with many activities and clubs. She was active with the Red Cross in the 1950s, founding the Gray Ladies at the local hospital. Probably thousands of people in the Bootheel learned to swim under her direction. She helped organize a social group known as "The MerriMums," whose most notable accomplishment was cleaning up the Gregory Cemetery. Mrs. Pendleton was a volunteer for the Girl Scouts. She organized troops in Holcomb, worked as the camp nurse at Camp LaTonKa, and was director of the day camp in Kennett for several years. She served on numerous steering committees. Mrs. Pendleton was proud to be a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).
Mrs. Pendleton was preceded in death by her husband, Marc Davis Pendleton. She is survived by two sons, Theodore Davis Pendleton (Peggy), of Dayton, Ohio and James Elbert Pendleton, Sr. (Nita), of Port Orange, Fla. Mrs. Pendleton had four grandchildren including Marc Freeman Pendleton, of Dayton, Ohio, Katherine Diane Pendleton (Dr. Keith Romig), of Nashville, Tenn., Elizabeth Kathleen Pendleton Cerasuolo, of Daytona Beach, Fla., and Dr. James Elbert Pendleton, Jr. (Jeannie), of Upland, Calif. Her 10 great-grandchildren includes Katie Marie Pendleton, Christian Joseph Pendleton, Aiden Christopher Pendleton, Meredith Adelle Sullins, Elizabeth Anne Fulcher, Nina Pendleton, Jennifer Lynn Morris, Christopher Steven Morris, Amanda Joy Pendleton, and Amber Grace Pendleton. Mrs. Pendleton leaves behind one great-great grandchild, Jillian Anne Fulcher.
Additional survivors include Mrs. Pendleton's brother, Verl Raymond Waddle, of Hendersonville, Tenn., and Leta Mae Waddle Langford Talbert, of Nashville, Tenn.
Visitation and a family graveside service was held Oct. 13, 2008 in Kennett. A service will be held in the spring at the graveside when the DAR medallion is placed on the headstone. This service will be officiated by members of the DAR and the minister of the First Presbyterian Church.
Memorial contributions may be sent to First Presbyterian Church, 222 N. Main St., Kennett, MO 63857.