Mary Alice Kitchens, 73, passed away Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008, with her family surrounding her. She was born May 7, 1935, in Scobeyville, Mo. and resided in Kennett.
She married James Donald Kitchens on Sept. 18, 1952, and they shared a lifetime of happiness together.
She was a member of the Senath High School Class of 1953 and was a graduate of Arkansas Sate University. Mary was a kindergarten teacher for Hayti School District her entire teaching career. She influenced and touched many lives throughout her years of teaching.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Percy Carlisle Tyler; siblings, Robbie Hastings, Ruth McAnally, Gene Tyler, Alvin Tyler, Louise Goodwin, Flo LeDesky, Troy Tyler, Leon Tyler and Gaylon Tyler and one grandson, Tommy Kitchens.
She leaves behind her loving husband of 56 years, Donald, of Kennett; two sons, Mike Kitchens and wife, Susan, of Collierville, Tenn., and David Kitchens and wife, Angie, of Senath, Mo.; one daughter, Paula Bruce, of Kennett; one brother, Louis Tyler, of Pickwick Dam, Tenn.; six grandchildren, Tammy Berry and husband, Robert, of Jonesboro, Ark., April Pierce and husband, Doug, of Atlanta, GA., Terra VanAndel and husband, Ryan, of Long Beach, Calif., Darren Bruce, of Senath, Ashley Bruce and fiancÚ, Matt Ziegler, of Jonesboro and Eric Lentz, of Tampa, Fla., and five great-grandchildren, Cathryn Chapman, of Kennett, Alex Berry, of Jonesboro, Camryn and Lane Pierce, of Atlanta and Kate Tyler VanAndel, of Long Beach.
She was cherished while she was here and will be greatly missed by her family and those who knew her.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., today, Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the First Baptist Church in Senath with the Revs. Dale Rickman and Chris Maynard officiating.
Burial was in the Senath Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Darren Bruce, Doug Pierce, Robert Berry, Ryan VanAndel, Matt Ziegler and Alex Berry.
Honorary pallbearers were Lonnie Cooper, Charles Anderson, Pete Sample, George Verlon Beacham, Dan Young and Dennis Autry.
McDaniel Funeral Home of Senath was in charge of arrangements.