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Shirley Ann (Kendziora) Willhite

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Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 8:57 am

Memorial services for Shirley Ann (Kendziora) Willhite were held Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 at the Freewill Baptist Church in Hartville with Junior Hutsell officiating.  In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations can be made in Shirley Drouillard/Willhite’s name at US Bank.  Online condolences may be made at

Shirley Ann (Kendziora) Willhite was born January 25, 1954 to Helen and Ed Kendziora in Toledo, Ohio. She attended St. Michael’s elementary school and graduated from Woodward High School (Class of 1972). She left this earth far too soon on September 9, 2013. She was a loving wife, sister, aunt and friend -- most importantly, she was our Mom and she was the best.

In her 59 short years on earth she built relationships with friends and family across the country and created lasting impacts on their lives. She had a way of making each person feel as if they were the most important person in the world and would drop anything to help anyone; our Mom had a servants’ heart. She was a peaceful soul who loved her home, her woods, her garden and nature. She appreciated history and saw value in even the smallest items. She was inquisitive and had a flair for ingenuity. As a believer in the Lord Jesus she strived to live her life for Him -- and she was an inspiration to many. Her quick wit, her infectious laugh, her sound moral compass and integrity, her creativity and willingness to tirelessly help and to do for others were just some of the hallmarks of our Mom’s character. She battled failing health for the majority of her life with a grace, elegance and the determination of a prizefighter. She taught her daughters to be strong and courageous, to never give up and that you could never use too much butter. She was a sucker for a coke icee and sang the Judd’s Christmas album better than the Judd’s did. She was a phenomenal cook, gardener and Words with Friends player. She was a voracious reader, she could can anything and she loved her dogs. She lived her life with strength and confidence and whenever we were with her, we were home. She may have left this earth too soon, but now she’s with her Maker hugging and catching up with all those who have gone before her, because that’s who our Mom is.

Surviving are husband, Carl Willhite, Hartville, MO; daughters, Kylee (Craig) Broughton, Los Cabos, Mexico, Taryn (Lance) Johnson, Springfield, MO; grandchildren, Aubrey, Lila, Vivienne and Eli; mother, Helen Kendziora, Toledo, Ohio; sisters, Judie Caygill, Loudon, TN, Linda (Ray) Olczak, Toledo, OH, Jo (Don) Schwanbeck, Toledo, Ohio, John (Patti) Kendziora, Aliso Viejo, CA  and a host of other loving relatives and kind friends.