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Robyn Lynn Kendrick Remembered

Robyn Lynn Kendrick left us October 16, 2014, following a hard-fought battle with cancer. She was a beloved daughter and sister, inspiring professional, devoted wife, caring mother, and loyal friend to all who she encountered. She was 60.

Robyn was born on July 2, 1954, to Barbara and Robert Gregory in Moline, Illinois, and was the oldest of four siblings. She spent her early years in Bettendorf, Iowa, where she attended school. She moved to Raytown, Missouri in 1970, where she graduated from Raytown South High School. She was active in cheerleading, dancing, and gymnastics.

Robyn attended Northwest Missouri State University for a year, where she was a varsity cheerleader, before transferring to the University of Missouri-Columbia. At MU, she was a member of Gymnastics Club and was an ardent supporter of Mizzou athletics, a passion of hers for life. She was proud of working her way through college. She graduated in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

Upon graduating, Robyn went to work at Milgram's Food Stores. While there, she met Robert "Bob" Kendrick, and they were married in 1982. In 1985, she had her first child, Matthew Ryan. In 1989, she had her second son, Gregory Scott. In 1991, the Kendrick family moved to Springfield, Missouri, and lived there for two years. They moved back to Kansas City in 1993.

In 1999, Robyn earned a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University. In 2000, she lost Bob to cancer.

Robyn began working as manager for Animal Control of Kansas City in 2001. She began dating Gerald Countz, her future husband, in 2005 (whom she married in 2010). In 2007, she left to become the executive director of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB).

Robyn's legacy will live on because of what she instilled at AAVSB: integrity, passion, courage, vision, judgment, empathy, and emotional intelligence. She set direction for the organization and created a strategic plan. Employment doubled, and AAVSB moved to a new professional office. She empowered her employees through development and encouraged personal growth and creative thinking. She gave AAVSB vision and achieved it through her management and leadership skills, vicariously enjoying the successes of her employees.

Robyn loved her dogs and they loved her. She was an avid traveler and loved to explore new places with family. She was the consummate hostess, and her house was home to more than just family.

Robyn was preceded by her father Robert, first husband Bob and brother Chip. She is survived by her husband Gerald, son Matt and daughter-in-law Rachel, son Greg, step-daughter Mina, brothers Michael and Patrick, mother Barbara, and many more family members and friends.

A celebration for Robyn will be held on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at Unity Village at 1901 NW Blue Parkway from 4-7 p.m. in the Garden and Tea Room. In lieu of flowers and meals, please consider donating to non-profit charity Dress for Success.

On any donation made, please indicate "in honor of Robyn Kendrick."

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