Lila Lou Kendrick went to be with her family in Heaven on November 7. To Lila’s family and everyone that knew Lila she was a legend in her own time. Lila was born in Shelby County, on October 2, 1926. Her parents were Grover Cleveland Timbrook and Mary Eliza Timbrook. Lila had three siblings; Sydney Timbrook, Joan Weber and Leon Timbrook. As a young woman Lila moved to Kansas City and met Lemar Francis Portwood and they were married on December 6, 1948. From that union there were six children born; Leigh Ann Portwood-Collier, Lana Dian Eells, Lois Turpin, Larry Portwood, Lorrie Malloy, and Lisa Griffin. They lived in rural Shelby County on a farm.
Lila loved hunting, fishing, gardening, farming, feeding and watching her birds, her dogs, cooking, the casino and her brandy. I think she and Chris, her grandson, called it coffee royale in the morning. Lila enjoyed time with her family. She fed anyone that came through her door. Lila was a wonderful cook. Lila was the rock and wisdom of this family. She was hard working, strong with unrelenting endurance. Lila loved her family and all of us loved her. Although her losses in life were many more than anyone should have in their life it made her a strong loving woman and a wonderful, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother and Great Great Grandmother but most of all it made her the foundation of strength in our family.
On April 14, 1968 Lila lost her husband Lemar and her son Larry. This changed her life forever. In spite of her losses she endured and provided for her children. Always being a farmer she knew how to survive. Her losses continued throughout her life as they do for many but she always knew how to get by and make the best of her situation for her and her family. Strength was definitely her virtue.
Lila married Ivan Kendrick on May 23, 1970 and they resided in rural Marion County. Lila continued her passion of farming. She and Ivan enjoyed pheasant hunting, fishing and farming. Lila liked farming and her cows and would bring any animal into the house she thought needed nurtured. This included a pet pig and a chicken.
On May 5, 1997 Ivan made his journey to Heaven. On March 10, 2013, her daughter Leigh Ann went to be with those that went before her. Then on March 5, 2019 Lisa went to be with God. Mom was sure of that. Then on July 23, 2019 Lila suffered the loss of Lana Dian. These losses were almost too much for her to bear but she endured. Lila has two children remaining Lois Turpin and husband Bill and Lorrie Malloy and husband John.
Lila was blessed with a large family: 6 children, 14 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren: Lila’s grandchildren are Daren Collier and (Patti) and Wendy Collier, Lonnie Vaught and (Julie), Angie Kisner and (Jeremy), Cathy Strachan and (Michael), Chad Robertson and (Tassie), Travis Turpin and (Nicole), and Seth Turpin, Autumn Malloy, Azure Malloy and (Jake) and Sterling Malloy, Chris Feldman and (Julie), Brandon Wilson and (Addie) and Cody Seabaugh. Lila’s great grandchildren are Keighley Russell and (Jacob) and Colby Collier, Chloe, Gracie and Maya Kisner, Lauren and Lindsey Strachan, Quinten and (Darcy), Tyler and Carly Robertson, MacKenzie and Chevy Turpin, Talon and Billy, Carlie and Reagan Turpin, Lila Leighann Malloy and Kylee Feldman. Lila’s great great grandchildren are Mia Russell, Freya Strachn and Liam Troyer and Lane Robertson, and Kayden Turpin. Lila also had several nieces and nephews and dear friend Carolyn Farmer.
If you wanted to know something you just had to ask her but you had better be ready to listen as she was going to be truthful and give you life experience teachings. Lila’s advice was wise and through her life experience she was able to lend a lot of wisdom. Lila taught many people how to garden, cook and the art of canning. Nothing ever went to waste. Everyone loved her Christmas candy and her homemade noodles. She could take a little bit of nothing and make a wonderful meal.
Although some may say that Lila suffered many losses she actually lived a full life on her terms. Lila chose not to have any services and wanted to be remembered just as you knew her.