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Mary Arbery Kinder
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Mary Arbery Kinder, 89, entered eternal peace on Friday, February 9, 2018 with her sons, grandson, and daughter-in-law by her side. Born April 19, 1928 to Marion and William Arbery in Anniston, Alabama, Mary was fondly known as “Maji”.

In 1945, she graduated Gadsden High School and was known for her outstanding talent as a singer with 12 years of operatic tutelege, and attended Eastman School of Music. In 1947, she married Julius Bernell Gieger, resided in Gadsden, Alabama and gave birth to their son Max. She was the executive secretary at the well-known Dwight Cotton Mills.

On November 21,1952, she married Rodney Kinder and shared in the birth of their sons Clifford and Jeffrey. Supporting her husband’s career as a big band singer and radio personality, they moved from Alabama, to the Carolinas, Pennsylvania, and Utah. Maji was an active collaborator with her husband, contributing her vocal talents. She retrained herself as a pop singer to appeal to a 1950’s radio listening audience.

In 1956, Maji and Rod moved to Boise Idaho. They helped build the production arm of Inter-Mountain Network Productions (IMN), creating and recording the first in history syndicated radio station ID package, known as the “Golden Era Package”, where she was the lead singer, along with singing on many other commercial music work. The Golden Era Package remains the largest selling station ID package of all time. In 1960, they moved to Dallas where she continued her “jingle” commercial music singing career with her husband.

In 1964, they moved to Atlanta and established Kin-Tel Music Productions, which later became RKM Sound Studios. She was an equal and active partner in the business in both a managerial position, and as a major vocal talent in TV and radio music commercials.

Among her talents and passions, she authored her novel, A Scent of Gardenia, and loved exploring and documenting her family genealogy. Her beautiful family holiday celebrations, delicious gourmet meals, and fascinating and entertaining story telling will be remembered and greatly missed by all.

A devoted and loving mother, wife, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend, Mary is survived by her three sons Max Geiger, Dr. Clifford Kinder (Jan) and Jeffrey Kinder (Susan); grandchild Joshua Geiger; her brother William Clifford Arbery (Holly); nephew Chris Arbery (Hope) and niece Scottie Arbery Jackson (Donald); her half-brother Dr. Glen Arbery (Virginia); and her half-sister Rebecca Arbery Dixon (Thomas); and her step-sons Dr. Rodney Henley and Stanley Henley.

She was predeceased by her mother, Marion Arbery Lawton, her father, William Arbery, and her sister, Scott Lawton Alford.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Carmichael Funeral Home, 1130 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta, GA 30064. The viewing will be at 12 noon.


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Visitation

Saturday

17

Feb

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Carmichael Funeral Home Marietta

1130 Whitlock Avenue
Marietta, GA 30064

Service

Saturday

17

Feb

1:00 PM
Carmichael Funeral Home Marietta

1130 Whitlock Avenue
Marietta, GA 30064

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