Kendall Lione Gleason of Gwynn, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, passed away Sept. 29, 2019 at Dockside Health and Rehab Center after a long and courageous fight with ALS.
She was born in Stamford, Connecticut, on Feb. 2, 1958 to the late Sallianne Cordiner Lione and Frederick M. Lione Jr. Kendall graduated from New Canaan Country School, New Canaan High School and received a BA from Franklin and Marshall College in 1980. She later earned an MBA from Marymount University.
Kendall had a rewarding career on Capitol Hill, initially as a legislative aide to Senator Harrison Schmitt, R-NM, and later to Senator James McClure, R-ID.
During her time in Washington, she met and married Michael Palmer Gleason who died in 2013 after 29 years of marriage. They lived in the greater D.C. area for many years then moved to Gwynn’s Island in 1999 where, as Gleason Publishing, Inc., they edited and published “Virginia–A Magazine on History and Travel.” They also published “Virginia History Timeline 2000” and other books. In 2001, Kendall wrote a book titled “Wyonegonic: The First 100 Years” to celebrate the Centennial of a camp where she had spent many summers in Denmark, Maine.
Using the many skills she learned throughout her career, Kendall was always resourceful and kind to everyone she met. She loved spending time with her family and friends, often just sitting and laughing by the Chesapeake Bay. Her love of the outdoors kept her swimming, walking and enjoying the simple things in life.
Kendall is survived by her father, Frederick M. Lione Jr. and his wife, Nancy Smith Lione of Norwalk, Connecticut, and brothers, David (Catherine) of Clifton, John (Susan) of Sudbury, Massachusetts, and sister, Sarah Zarucha (Edward) of Seymour, Connecticut. Also surviving are her nieces, Cara Boyle (Kevin), Tess Lione and nephew, Nicholas Lione. In addition, surviving are stepsons, D. Palmer Gleason and Trevor E. T. Gleason (Celeste), and three step- grandchildren, along with four stepsisters and -brothers.
A celebration of life will be held at Christ Church in Mathews County on Oct. 20, 2019 at 2 p.m. Christ Church is located at 320 Williams Wharf Road, Mathews, Va. 23109.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to www.als.org.