Priscilla Mae Kendall Zemke passed away on September 28, 2021, after a valiant battle with lung disease. Priscilla was born in Norwich, CT on July 24, 1952. She was the daughter of William and Helen (Spicer) Kendall. Priscilla attended the Norwich Free Academy and graduated from Manchester Community College. She worked as an Occupational Therapist Assistant in Nursing Rehabilitation Centers, and as a Communication Coordinator and Recreational Activity provider at Masonicare. Priscilla operated Tulla's home day care and helped parents raise their children. An innovator and educator, her day care kids went on camping trips and educational trips in the Tullamobile.
She is survived by her husband of 46 years, David Zemke; her sons, Ben Zemke and his wife, Meredith; Jack Zemke and his partner, Samantha; her sister-in-law, Kris Kendall; her brother-in-law, David Martin; and her sister, Barbara Jensen. Priscilla is predeceased by her parents, her sister, Betty Martin; her brother-in-law, Jerry Jensen; her brother, William Kendall Jr.; her niece, Tracee Martin; her nephew, David A. Martin, Jr; and her great niece, Emily Eschenfelder.
Priscilla was creative, had a colorful sense of humor and loved fiercely. She had a special gift of connecting on a deep and loving level. Priscilla formed long lasting relationships wherever she went. Raising her children was her top priority and she was unafraid to fight for them when needed. She welcomed her children's friends into her home as family and offered comfort and support during their times of transition. The annual Christmas Eve party became an ongoing reunion for all.
Priscilla was a protector of animals and was involved with the Wallingford Animal Shelter. She helped people with the process of obtaining rescue pets and made her home a place for abandoned dogs.
In her later years, Priscilla was an 'armchair researcher' and a source of information for friends and family. She was active in the wellness community and alternative medicine and was part of a Homeopathic Research Group. She was a member of an international Covid Long Haulers Group and was involved in a research project with Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York.
Calling hours will be Sunday, October 3rd from 4 to 6pm at the B.C. Bailey Funeral Home, 273 South Elm Street, Wallingford. A graveside service will be held on Monday, October 4th at 11am at In Memoriam Cemetery located at 18 Maplewood Avenue in Wallingford. Those attending are asked to meet directly at the cemetery. A memorial event following the interment will be held at her home. In lieu of flowers, please plant a tree in her memory to help the earth breathe better. Contact growforests.org or alivingtribute.org for more details or plant a tree on your own. To leave a message of remembrance or for directions, please visit www.BaileyCares.com.
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