Saturday, January 28, 2023

Katie McKendry, 88

CASTLE HAYNE — Katie Anne Rawls McKendry of Castle Hayne, NC died Wednesday, January 18, 2023. She was born September 8, 1934 in Bladen County, NC to Ralph Linwood Rawls and Mildred Smith Rawls.

She married John M Poole Jr. and divorced after raising their three children and later re-married Edward McKendry, both of whom preceded her in death.

Mrs. McKendry was a graduate of Needham Broughton High School and then attended UNC-Greensboro. She lived in Raleigh for many years and then in Cary and back to Raleigh. She later relocated and “came home” as she used to say to Wilmington several years ago. She was an active member of Sertoma Art group in Raleigh and the Urban Sketchers in Wilmington. She was a very avid gardener that never met a plant that did not flourish under her thumb. Katie was a beautiful and generous soul who touched all who knew her. She was a strong woman. When she found out that she had stage 4 lung cancer, she met it head on, deciding not to fight it.

She is survived by her sister Carolyn Rawls Booth and husband Richard C Booth; daughter Donna M Kessler and husband Brian; sons: John McKee Poole III (aka Mac) and wife Barbara and Ralph Linwood Poole and wife Cindy; many grandchildren, even more great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews; great nieces; great nephews and cousins first, second and third, all who held a special place in her life and heart.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared with the McKendry family here.

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