Betty Kendall

Special guest

Betty Kendall was born in 1916 on Valentine’s Day in Albany, IN. She has resided in Muncie since 1918 except for 15 years in Birmingham, MI, during the last 15 years of her husband’s (Thomas Kendall) long career with General Motors. Upon his retirement, they moved back to Muncie.

She has 2 loving daughters (Sally Secor and Mary Ann Essig), who both live in CA, 2 grandsons - Will living in Sebastopol, CA and Pete and his family that live in Brooklyn, NY, 2 great grandsons – Thomas and Joseph.

Betty has traveled extensively visiting all 50 states, much of Europe, Asia, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Egypt, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and North Africa just to name a few.

Betty Kendall, states she has a life-long connection to Ball State University ever since she attended is 1933, when there was only 1,500 students. In fact, she attended bon fires and games at the old football field before she began as a student. But her connection began well before then, her parents met as fellow violinist in the orchestra in 1913 and married in 1914. Betty’s parents told her that she was too young to go away to college that she would need to attend BSU for the first two years and then she could go wherever she wanted. When it came time to go somewhere else, she had no desire to leave her beloved Ball State where she attended the Teacher’s College.

She had developed many friends and was active in many organizations - Psi Iota Xi philanthropic society and Conversation Club (both originated in 1889), member of First Presbyterian Church, Rotary Club of Muncie, Muncie Symphony Orchestra and more. She was President of the Girls Club and Pi Zeta (later becoming Sigma Kappa).

Betty graduated in 1938 and has been a devoted alumna ever since and today still attends many events from sporting, theatre, dance, lectures, concerts, Art Museum and Town & Gown Conversations. She is proud of Ball Sate and comments that it has been a joy to see the University grow. She is a die-hard Ball State fan – Chirp! Chirp! After graduating in 1938, with a teaching degree she taught for 5 years before becoming a stay at home mother.

Betty was honored on her 100th birthday with a collection of Lady Slipper Orchids name after her that is housed in the Dr. Joe and Alice Rinard Orchid Greenhouse on campus. Betty continues to be very active at Westminster Village and in the community.

Betty Kendall has been a guest on 1 episode.