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Dorothy Kathleen (Conkle) Gilmour Obituary
Dorothy Kathleen (nee Conkle) Gilmour November 23, 1914 - July 4, 2014 Dorothy "Honey" Gilmour passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family on July 4th, 2014 in Novato, CA. She was born in 1914 in Spokane, WA, to proud parents Ralph and Jeanne (nee Craig) Conkle. She grew up in Spokane and Seattle with her beloved brother, Duane, until his untimely passing in 1930. It was at this time that the family was off to her true home, San Francisco. She attended Notre Dame High School where she graduated in 1932. Shortly after graduation, she met the love of her life, Jon Gilmour. They were married in 1933 and set about their new lives in The City. The babies came quickly as Beverly was born in 1934 and Richard in 1935. Three more children would follow with Kathleen in 1943, Joanne in 1945, and Mary Beth in 1946. She was the consummate Mother to her ever challenging brood and she loved it all. When Jon decided to move from an apprentice florist to owning his own shop, Jon Gilmour Flowers, she jumped right in. She was ever present at the shop and a master at work/life balance always making it look easier than it was. Soon they owned their dream house on Fair Oaks Street. Here, she held court over a constantly changing roster of friends and family. The house was always filled with love, laughter, music, and dancing. The party would always start with her at the piano or organ, singing above the din as all joined in. She was always quick with a joke, in on the prank, and had no problem laughing at herself. Christmas parties were the event of the year, as she, ever the bon vivant, would host lavish holidays for the ever growing family. Her Catholic faith ever present, she, along with the rest of the family, was always an active Saint James parishioner. Sending her children to Saint James School, Immaculate Conception Academy, Presentation High School and Archbishop Riordan High School was a given. As the children grew up and out, she and Jon decided it was time to retire. Following their children, they moved to bucolic Marin County and enjoyed the fruits of their labor. She established her Catholic roots again with vigor by joining first the Parish of St. Anthony and then Our Lady of Loretto. With retirement, came more freedom to explore on her own. Her love of travel took her all over the map, to China, Central America, Europe and best of all the Holy Land. She continued her globetrotting ways well into her 90s. In Novato, she settled into life as the larger than life grandmother. Known as Honey to many, she was everything to everyone. Whether it was Sunday dinner at home, or summers at Clear Lake, or dancing at your wedding she was relentless. When Jon passed away in 1992, although heartbroken, she became the sole head of a now very large family numbering over 100. She relished being the matriarch of the Gilmour Family. We will dearly miss her larger than life presence and her love. She is preceded in death by her parents Ralph and Jeanne Conkle, brother Duane Conkle, husband Jon Gilmour, daughter Beverly Desimone, son Richard Gilmour, daughter Joanne Stoeckle, and grandson Michael Lontz. She is survived by daughter Kathleen Gilmour of Sonoma, and daughter Mary Beth Gleeson (Jack) of Novato. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren and their spouses, 34 great grandchildren and their spouses, and 16 great great grandchildren. Services to celebrate Dorothy's homecoming will take place Monday, August 11, 2014 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Loretto Church, Novato CA. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to .
Published in Marin Independent Journal on July 20, 2014
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