Lucy is a 30-year resident of Freedom. She fondly recalls seeing for the first time the house on Elm Street she would soon purchase with her late husband Marshall and thinking it had real potential – and in true fashion, they set about transforming it inside and out, including the beautiful terraced gardens that surround the home.
Lucy’s contributions to Freedom are many, and they all reflect that same spirit of transformation. Her volunteerism has helped make Freedom a more welcoming, kind, respectful, and caring community.
As a Freedom Village Store Board Member, Lucy put her creative touches on store displays, donated the holiday trees featured outside the store, organized a New Year’s Eve celebration, and always found time to chat with customers and neighbors. During the Covid-19 pandemic, she was pivotal in the incredibly innovative Store-to-Door delivery program, keeping friends and families across town stocked up with much-needed provisions during that most exceptional and unforgettable time.
As Trustee and Chairperson of the First Christian Church, Lucy led the efforts to completely update the Church’s interior from top to bottom – and then turned those energies to ensuring the upkeep of the grounds and parsonage. Her service also extended to the Church’s Food Pantry, helping out at the Freedom Rings in the Holidays luncheon, and the annual hosting of the Freedom Elementary School’s 6th Grade Graduation Brunch, established by Lucy’s dear friend, the late Gail Bizer. Lucy is a member of the Freedom Historical Society and has volunteered in their gift shop organizing and selling calendars, mugs, coasters, Christmas ornaments, and other mementos. And, fittingly, given Lucy’s humble nature and collaborative spirit, she served for many years as a member of the FOHW Association, including roles overseeing the t-shirt design and printing, including the 2008 “Fun in Olde Tyme Freedom” shirt, which sold out!
Lucy loves her family, whose roots can be traced to the Canadian maritime province of Newfoundland, as she does the Freedom community. She is tremendously proud of her heritage, and her home is adorned with many photos of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
For all of her contributions that have bettered our community, the Freedom Old Home Week Association is honored to recognize Lucy Kendall as this year’s FOHW Grand Marshal!