Mary Kemendo Sendón, the daughter of Chris and Josephine Ground Kemendo, was born on August 13, 1901, in Waco, Texas. She was descended from Norwegian and Italian immigrants who moved to Central Texas in the nineteenth century.
Sendón attended several local schools before graduating from Waco High School in May 1919. She earned her bachelor's degree from Baylor University in 1922, the same year that she married Andrés Sendón, a naturalized American citizen from Spain who would go on to teach at Baylor University for over fifty years.
Mary Sendón served as a substitute teacher for several years, teaching English, Latin, Spanish, and French in local area high schools. In 1932, Sendón earned her master's degree in English literature from Baylor University, analyzing the use of proverbs in Edmund Spenser's Faerie Queene (1590).
In addition to her teaching career, Sendón was active in a number of local organizations including Seventh and James Baptist Church, the Pan American Round Table, and the City Council of the Parent-Teachers Association. She was also a member of the Baylor Round Table for a remarkable seventy-nine years. Sendón passed away on December 3, 2001, at the age of 100.
More information about Mary Kemendo Sendón can be found at the Institute for Oral History.