In memory of
Mary Kuvakos (nee Owen), born 7/14/32 in Liverpool, England, made her final journey from this life into the presence of the Lord on October 2, 2016. Though she leaves behind her children Michael, James (Josie) and Julie and 9 grandchildren, she is reunited with her daughters Helen and Catherine. As we mourn, heaven rejoices. Mary was a lover of art, literature, poetry, music, knowledge, truth and justice. She was brilliant and had a wicked sense of humor. She was strong and resilient. She overcame many difficulties and obstacles, adapting and reinventing herself where necessary. After surviving WWII England, she married a Yank and came to the US as a young bride and mother. She devoted many years to her 5 children before entering the workforce. After a successful career in women's retail, she embarked on the next phase of her life. She began hiking, which became a passion and source of great accomplishment. She hiked many California trails but loved Yosemite best, where she went on countless day hikes, long backpacking trips and climbed Half Dome 4 times, the first at 59 years of age. She joined the parish of St. Francis of Assisi Church, a true community of friends and mentors. At St. Francis she found her spiritual home, was active in many ministries and touched many lives. In her 60's, she fulfilled a lifelong dream and enrolled at CSUS, where she excelled in her courses. She enjoyed road trips to Santa Fe to visit her beloved Rudy, and in 2004 was able to finally return home to England one last time. If asked, she would unequivocally state that she was American, a true citizen of her adopted country. But in so many ways she remained British through and through. We, her children, were blessed to have been hers. She was cherished by her many friends, and always left a good impression on those who met her. The final 10 years of life, she bravely pushed back against the ravages of Lewy Body Dementia, and never lost her fighting spirit. We are thankful to all of her doctors, the nurses who cared for her during many hospital stays and UC Davis Hospice (Susan, Karen, Faith). Special thanks to Diane and Theresa who so lovingly cared for her at home the last months of her life. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 1066 26th Street, Sacramento with a reception immediately after in Brunsman Hall.
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