Laticia Lynn Delgardo-Kendrick, affectionately called “Teash,” was born to the union of Mattie and Robert Delgardo Sr. on March 7th, 1963, in Los Angeles, California. In 1967, at the tender age of four, her parents relocated to Seattle after being hired by the Boeing Company. Teash was the youngest of four at the time her family moved to Seattle; but she made it clear she was not happy (not one bit) about leaving her few neighborhood friends, and complained about having to go from daily sunshine to dark clouds and rain. She missed having a chance for her sister or brother to pick her up so she could pick figs and apricots from the neighbors trees on 88th street in L.A. - to picking blackberries from thick bushes in Seattle. After her siblings eventually made the adjustment in Seattle, she eventually settled in and befriended other little girls in the church. She absolutely enjoyed hanging out with her ride or die chums, her only sister, Laura and her niece, Tanisha Delgardo and her cousin/caregiver, Tatyana. Teash grew up learning how to faithfully serve in the church. She was a member of: True Vine Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles, CA., under the leadership of Pastor Ernest Williams, Full Gospel Pentecostal church in Seattle, under the leadership of Bishop Freddy Braswell. Her mother and family later joined Revival Church of God in Christ, under the loving leadership of Superintendent Luther James Green. Teash loved her Revival Church family where she developed close relationships with a number of friends (Janice Jones, Cynthia Tackett, Carmella Taylor, “Booney” Vaughn, “Hunchee” Green and Temeatrice Struthers) just to name a few. As a result of her traveling with some of her Revival Church family, she met and eventually married Charles Kendrick on October 30th, 1981. To their union, four children were born: Leonna, Mateaa, Charles Jr. (“CJ”), and Corvez. Teash and Charles, along with their firstborn (Leonna) relocated to Memphis, Tennessee where her husbands was born and raised. Teash never lost touch with her commitment to church work. She enjoyed singing with her cousin-n-laws, Brenda Ann Cage and Broncha Pitts. Although she was an amateur pianist, she would sit at the piano and peck away just well enough to assist the choir at Darwin Church of God in Christ, under the leadership of Superintendent Jack Hunt. In 1983, Teash and Charles decided to move back to Seattle. She wasted no time reclaiming her rightful place at Revival Church; singing in the choir and assisting wherever needed. Subsequently, she respectfully resigned her membership from Revival Church to join her brother-n-love and sister, Laura, after the Lord called them to the pastorate of Mt. Calvary Christian Center Church of God in Christ. She was a charter member until God called her home. God would use Teash to set the atmosphere for every Sunday morning worship service with her self-composed, heartwarming song for all our guest, “You Are So Welcome Here.” She would rock the house as she sang, “Jesus Will Work it Out” and “Whose Report Do You Believe?” Teash was raised with the family philosophy “you want it, work for it” because nobody owes you anything; as a matter of fact, her parents would advise all their children to “work two jobs if necessary.” Her parents, siblings, and her four children’s work ethics were unparalleled. It was not uncommon for Teash to work two jobs at a time. At age 13, she was employed by the Summer Youth Program. She enjoyed doing nails as a side job. She was employed by: Toddler Tech Childhood Development Center, owned and operated by her oldest brother, Robert. enjoyed working for Alaska Airlines, Millennial Maxwell Hotel (Nashville, TN), UPS, AT&T, Hasbro, Central Comm. College, Safeway, First Start Learning Family Home, LLC,..…..and the list goes on until her health impeded her ability to work – and yet her work history is undeniably indicative of her parents embedded philosophy. On Sunday, January 12th, Teash rededicated her life to the Lord after a compelling message spoken by her Pastor and brother-n-love, Bishop Reggie C. Witherspoon Sr; she declared to both her sister (Laura), her brother-n-love and her cousin/care give, Tatyana, “I’m ready to get back to what I know I’m supposed to be doing, starting with returning to the choir. Laticia Lynn Delgardo-Kendrick transitioned from this life on Monday, January 27th shortly after midnight. Although she has taken her rest from labor to reward, she will never ever be forgotten. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mattie Delgardo, her mother-n-love, Lena Kendrick, brother, James (aka’ Bandie), one sister, Bridgette Delgardo, one paternal half-brother, Marquez Delgardo, her god-son Marques Cage, and one godsister, Laura Jones. She leaves to cherish her memories: her father, Robert Delgardo Sr. (Mary), the father of her children, Charles Kendrick Sr., four children, Leonna Kendrick, Mateaa Redmond (Reynaldo), Charles Kendrick Jr. (aka’ CJ), and Corvez Kendrick; three siblings, Lady Laura Witherspoon (Bishop Reggie), Robert Delgardo Jr. (Tracy) and Curtis Delgardo; two step-siblings, Angela and John, Lyons, one foster sister, Barbara Robinson, brother-n-law, Frank Patton, her constant friend and sister-n-love, Bonnie Shields, two god-sisters, Elizabeth Jones, Lorraine Allen, two god-brothers, Michael and Terry Jones, one loving aunt, Lady Carolyn Sopher (Pastor Maynard), Ten grandchildren, Reynaldo Jr, Sir Charles, Kiana, Reyn, Keyonte, Ariya, Reyonna, Kyle, Reylonn and Lashawn. Five god-children: Princeton Lily, Jermell Witherspoon, Dominique Jones, Robert Myles and Toni Myles, her cousin and loving caregiver, Tatyana Green, long time friend Saletha Gipson, her “framily” Sydika and Mila McKissic and Linda Bruce; her Mt. Calvary church family, a host of nieces, nephews, and a huge loving family and dear friends.
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