Kessinger, Mary Helen

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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 16 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; 16 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 a.m., 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 p.m. Online condolences may be sent by visiting