Kendra Dawn Zadrozny-Williams (January 9, 1968 — June 10, 2017)
Kendra was born to Carol and Fritz Zadrozny on January 9, 1968, in Denver, Colorado. She arrived on her father’s birthday, and he lovingly referred to her as his Gerber Baby. Her family moved to Grand Junction, CO, in 1970 and later started growing peaches at Z’s Orchard in 1974. After the passing of her father, Fritz Zadrozny, her mother remarried Richard Skaer, who was a devoted father to her for the remainder of her life. Kendra attended Campion Academy in Loveland, CO, and graduated from Grand Junction High School in 1985. She was involved in Young Life and was a member of the GJHS swim team. Kendra attended Colorado Mountain College where she studied photography, participated in Outdoor Semester in the Rockies and thoroughly enjoyed her experiences solo camping, rock climbing, and back country mountaineering. She was an avid skier and worked as a Mountain Host at Aspen Highlands ski area. She was passionate about her job with School District 51 teaching preschoolers. Kendra was dedicated to teaching all children about farming and beekeeping.
She married Ken Williams in October 1998 in Grand Junction, CO. Kendra and Ken later moved to the family farm, Z’s Orchard, in Palisade, CO. Kendra managed the orchard and excelled at horticulture, beekeeping, canning fruit and vegetables, jams and preserves in her certified kitchen. She was involved in numerous farmers markets and was the longest, continuous vendor of fresh Palisade produce in Telluride, Colorado, having participated for over 20 years. Kendra also served on the board of Mesa County Colorado Farm Bureau for several years and helped to initiate the first community awareness project of Mesa County Farm Bureau at Grand Junction’s downtown farmers market, which received state recognition. She was actively involved in the community, and when an issue was at hand, Kendra was there to voice her concerns and advocate for what she strongly believed to be the right thing to do.
Her outgoing personality and love for life was irresistible. She was always there for her family and friends no matter what the occasion and was constantly thoughtful of others. Kendra was the most hard-working, generous person. She ALWAYS put others first with her love, her time, and her money, without ever expecting anything in return. Kendra had a wise soul, and her advice was often sought out by those who realized her insight. She had a great sense of humor and a quick wit that would often have everyone laughing as she smiled in amusement. She was an amazing story teller. Whether it was a funny piece of clothing, a doll, movie, some special recipe she whipped up, or just her laughter, Kendra had a knack for giving friends and family gifts that perfectly captured who that person was and the special relationship she shared with them. Kendra valued her close-knit family, loved bluegrass and gospel music, collecting antiques, old funky cars and bicycles, and would never pass up a garage sale.
Our beloved Kendra, affectionately known as KK, unexpectedly passed away peacefully on June 10, 2017, at the age of 49 during a recent illness. She leaves behind her husband, Ken Williams, her beloved Great-Niece Hallie Grimsley, whom she cared for and loved with all of her heart; her parents Carol Zadrozny and Richard Skaer, brothers and sisters Jeff Zadrozny and his wife Elizabeth, Jennifer Zadrozny, Stephanie Crow and her husband Darrin, and Blake Skaer; nieces and nephews Kenzie Zadrozny-Hier Lowe, Javan Zadrozny-Hier, Zachary Zadrozny, Sydney Zadrozny, Justin Skaer, Michael Packer, Blythe Crow, Liesen Crow, multiple cousins, and her Great-Aunt Viola Hoos. While our hearts ache at her passing because of the deep love we all had for her we are consoled knowing she was met in heaven by her Lord and Savior, Jesus. In addition, her father Fritz Zadrozny, grandparents Ruth Hanlon, Claud Smith, and Mary (Gawrychowski) Zadrozny, Great-Grandmother Katie Hanlon, and many others that were there to welcome Kendra into the home that the Lord built for her in His Kingdom. She constantly reminded us that the most important things in life are to love the Lord and to love each other. This remains her final message to everyone. Sometimes people make a ripple in our lives like a pebble in a pond. Kendra is leaving waves like a cannonball into a pool.
Memorial service will be held at Canyon View Vineyard Chapel at 736 24 1/2 Rd on Friday, June 16, 2017, at 10:10 am. In lieu of flowers please send donations to her niece Blythe Crow’s nonprofit organization “She Has a Name” at shehasaname.info.