Jacksonville Daily Progress
Mary Alice Kuykendall, of Houston and a resident of Jacksonville for 60 years passed away July 22, 2013 after a long illness.
Mary Alice England was born Dec.5, 1926 in Elkhart to Texas Ranger John Edward and Bertha Cliteal England and raised on a dairy farm where she insisted upon milking the cows every morning like her brothers. At Elkhart High School, she was named “wittiest” and graduated salutatorian of her class. She attended Texas Women’s University in Denton before moving to Houston as a young single woman in 1946 to work for Shell Oil Company. However, the superintendent of Elkhart ISD soon persuaded her to come back home to work for him. Her next job was working at the Anderson County courthouse in Palestine until fate led her to meet the love of her life by going to work for United Gas in Jacksonville. At a time when the corporate office was sending married men to Jacksonville, she put in a “request” to her boss for “a young single engineer”. When E. C. Kuykendall arrived and other woman referred to him as a “Greek god”, she let them all know that this one was for her! They were married on April 3, 1948 and soon started the large family Mary Alice had always wanted. Returning to work after the youngest went to school, she became Personnel Director for Nichols-Kusan, Jacksonville’s largest employer at the time.
She and her husband were very active members of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Jacksonville.
Mrs. Kuykendall was preceded in death by her loving husband E. C. (Kirk) Kuykendall; three brothers, John Edward, twins Carold and Harold and three sisters, Evelyn Taylor, Lois Funderburk, and Ruby McLen.
Mary Alice will be forever loved and remembered by two sons and daughters-in-law, Hal Gregory and Denise Kuykendall of Solana Beach, Calif. and John Michael Kuykendall and Connie Domas of Golden, Colo.; four daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Kay and Mike Swint of Houston, Dana Ann Kuykendall and Mark Wilson of Austin, Nancy Sue and Gregg Stansfield of Taylor Lake Village, and Allyce Amy and Mike Dolan of Tyler. Mary Alice had 18 grandchildren and 12great-grandchildren and many good friends. Besides being a loving wife and mother, her children say her best qualities were being a marvelous cook, having a strong positive attitude, always seeing the best in everyone and having a super memory.
Visitation will be held at Hurley Funeral Home, 118 W. Oaklawn Road, Pleasanton, Fri., July 26, from 2 until 9 p.m. with a rosary to be recited at 7 p.m.
A celebration of thanksgiving for Mary Alice's life and a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 703 Congress Street, Tilden, Sat., July 27, at 10 a.m.. Interment will follow in Hilltop Cemetery, Tilden. Anyone wishing to sign the guestbook, share memories or issue condolences may visit www.hurleyfuneralhome.com