Kendrick Townsend King
April 2, 1934 - January 7, 2023


Kendrick Townsend King (April 2, 1934 to January 7, 2023) pushed against expectations. Reared in a Southern Baptist home in Lumberton, NC, she became a lifelong and devoted Catholic, Democrat and feminist. After graduating as a member of Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina with a degree in mathematics, Kendrick worked for DuPont in Savannah and IBM in New York, which is where she met her first husband. That marriage took her to Denver, where she loved living for more than fifty years. She was an integral member of the 10:30 Catholic Community. Kendrick earned a master’s in sociology and a master’s in business administration from the University of Colorado Denver. She enjoyed working with District Attorney Dale Tooley, the Colorado Historical Museum, and the Colorado State Personnel Office. After her retirement, she engaged in genealogy, continued her political activities, volunteered at the Park Hill Community Bookstore, became a committed docent at the Denver Public Library, and traveled widely. Due to health complications, she moved to Wilmington, NC, to be closer to family but never quite believed she had returned to the South.

Her parents C. Guy and Minnie Anna Townsend, her brother Clarence (Shirley), and her second husband predeceased her. She is survived by her four children AnnaMarie (Theo), Christopher (Karen), Catherine (Larry) and Elizabeth (Philip), 10 grandchildren, and many dear friends who helped buoy her spirits as her health declined. Her family is grateful for the care she received during her final days at Lower Cape FearLifeCare.

There will be a celebration of life in Colorado this summer.

In lieu of flowers, please become politically active and/or donate to progressive causes in her memory

Coastal Cremations 6 Jacksonville St., Wilmington NC 28403





  • richard b . gerrish Posted January 12, 2023 7:03 am

    My condolences to the family of Kendrick . I was acquainted with her thru the Bible study group initiated by M r Pettit. She was a very gracious lady and I know she will be missed by all .

  • Cheryl Murphy Posted January 15, 2023 8:11 pm

    10:30 Catholic Community owes so much to Kendrick. Not only was she most welcoming and gracious to arriving new members, she also hosted the community’s after-mass social/ refreshment gatherings every Sunday for many, many years. In addition, Kendrick also provided the recreation room in her building as a meeting place for our 10:30 Catholic Community’s Scripture Study group.
    She really was the “hostess with the mostess”! Love you, Kendrick and the Community looks forward to your celebration of life at this summer’s mass in the park.

  • Frank Murphy Posted February 4, 2023 8:44 pm

    Condolences from the Murphys in Colorado. Kendrick and her husband, David, were an amazing and important part of our lives. She will be missed.

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