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Obituary: Dian Patricia Kendrick, 1938-2019

Equal Rights Amendment activist devoted her life to feminism, spirituality and charity

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Dian Patricia Kendrick was born on November 3, 1938, in Bangor, Wales, and died on November 17, 2019, in Burlington, Vt. Dian devoted her life to feminism, spirituality and charity.

She was president of the Vermont National Organization for Women during the struggle to pass the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution when the state was the last to be considering it during the 1980s. Her final big project was coordinating an exhibit and series of programs for the Burlington Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom during Women’s History Month in 2008.

Raised as an Anglican, she was also attracted by the concepts of karma, reincarnation and the release from suffering in Hinduism and Buddhism. A hereditary psychic, she was blessed with tarot-reading skills and precognitive dreams.

Much of her life was spent in service to others, from using her professional skills as a journalist to produce nonprofit publications to making sure everyone in her neighborhood who needed free holiday meals was signed up in time. Among her editorial credits were the Suburban Record serving the Washington, D.C., area and the Commonwomon feminist paper out of Burlington.

She is survived by her children Dian Mueller and Brian Mueller; grandchildren Audrey Hodge, Karen Hall, Stephanie Kendrick, Anthony Mueller and Mike Mueller; great-grandchildren Ashley Hodge, Amber Brockway, Kayla Hodge and Scott Hall; siblings Rosalie Kendrick Dumas, Robert Purdum and Christine Sakay; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by husband, Robert Mueller, and son Mark Mueller.

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