Martha Louise Henbest, known as Kit to everyone, died unexpectedly on February 24, 2002 in a local hospital. She was born in Massachusetts, raised in New York, and then lived in Rancho Palos Verdes for 37 years. She lived for 75 wonderful years, filled with adventurous travel all over the world and the pursuit of culinary delights. Kit will be remembered for her active volunteerism. She took leadership in creating a volunteer art program for Palos Verdes Unified elementary students after art education was slashed by Prop. 13. She was also active in supporting the Palos Verdes library by serving on the board and working in the gift shop. She is survived by her sons, Brett and Mark Henbest. Private services will be held at Los Angeles National Cemetery where she will be buried with her husband Harold (Hal) E. Henbest, who died in 1980. At a later time, a gathering of friends will be arranged for remembrances. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may contribute to the Peninsula Friends of the Library or to the school district’s art program.

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  1. We had such a wonderful reunion last June with Kit in her beautiful home. It was a delightful experience to wander back down memory lane with Kit as we looked at her family photos and recalled our wonderful times together when we lived a few houses away. We recalled great times in the 60\’s with Kit and Hal playing bridge and having a rare adult conversation. Our hearts go out to Mark and Brett whom we also recall playing with our children. Hal and Kit will be missed but not forgotten.

  2. Kit will be remembered for all her wonderful contributions to the Palos Verdes Peninsula Community. She was a wonderful mother and friend to so many. Jean Etter

  3. Kit was an adventurous person and had the great compassion for family life. She instilled motivation and support in her community that will now continue through surviving sons-Mark and Brett. She will be missed by all who knew her and will always be remembered by them.

  4. Kit and I became acquainted when our sons, Brett and Eric became good chums at Pedregal.Brett, you were Robin and Eric was Batman. Kit and I made sure the boys got together whenever they wanted to. The years passed and the boys went their separate ways. But once in awhile, Kit and I would bump into each other at a local store. We always were proud to share the latest news about our sons. We even planned to share Brett and Eric\’s wedding pictures about 8 years ago, but as things go, we never got around to it. I will remember Kit fondly, as she always was upbeat and cheerful. My sincere sympathy to all of Kit\’s family. Gail Ruder

  5. Ed worked with Kit on the PFLibrary Board. Tres and Kit were friends that had lunch often, enjoying our New York accents and “street smarts.” She was a wonderful friend, and we shall miss her. Our sincere sympathy to all the family. Ed and Tres Mennis

  6. Having been fortunate enought to have know Kit for the past 20 years it was always a great delight to speak with her. Our lengthy conversations always revolved around her boys, food and travel. She was a great help to me with my honeymoon plans last May. She took such interest and had great insight to guide me the right direction for the right hotels and, of course, restaurants! She was a great, classy lady who enjoyed her family and will be missed, but never forgotten. With deepest sympathy and the warmest rememberances, Mike Simon

  7. Mark and Brett, Your mom was a great lady. Each time I walk by her house I think of all the wonderful trips she took to all corners of the world and then shared the knowledge she gained from those travels. And how she loved finel cuisine! Please call if there is anything I can do.310-377-2449 With my sincere sympathy, Marylen Ruston

  8. Kit was a grand lady–we will miss her greatly. She and I often saw each other at the market and lamented the loss of the Hughes as our neighborhood supermarket. I find it difficult to believe she is gone-will look forward to sharing memories with friends on the 14th.

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