Mary Helen Kessinger, 99, of the Spruce Run Community at Newport departed this life Tuesday morning, August 5, 2008 at her home. Born at Pembroke on July 4, 1909, she was a daughter of the late James William and Elmira Anna Hutchison Meredith. A beloved mother, grandmother and homemaker she was an active and devout member of Oak View Christian Church on Spruce Run, the Oak View CWF, the Spruce Run Community Club, and the Spruce Run Home Demonstration Club. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of over 71 years Robert R. Kessinger, a son Jimmy Kessinger, an infant daughter, a daughter Elizabeth Ann Kessinger, and sixteen brothers and sisters.
She leaves to cherish her memory her sons and daughters-in-law Bobbie R. and Carolyn M. Kessinger of Newport, Darrell W. and Joyce V. Kessinger of Newport; nine grandchildren Diane, Karen, Ann, Timmy and Kimberley, Clara, Deidra , Katrina, Elaine; sixteen great-grandchildren Susanne, Amelia, Luke, Dayde, Ashley, Rachael, Amanda, Logan, Travis, Jamie, Derek, Eric, Justin, Cole, Brad, and Colton, and one great-great-grandchild Garrett.
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, August 7, 2008 at 11:00 AM in The Kendall Funeral Home at 605 Snidow St. in Pembroke with Pastor Eddie Kendall and Pastor Gary Poff officiating. Burial will follow in Newport Cemetery at Newport. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 PM. Online condolences may be sent by visiting kendallfuneralhome.com.