October 19, 1929 - January 20, 2013
Resident of Cupertino
Margaret Mary Powers was born on October 19, 1929 in Germantown, Pennsylvania, and she passed away on January 20, 2013 in Cupertino, California. Margaret was the 4th of 5 children born to Elizabeth Ternan Powers and Michael Powers.
Maggie and her family moved west, to Los Angeles where she attended Hollywood High School in the late 40's. She married her first husband, William Kennedy in 1954 and had four children, Karen, Tricia, Katey and Michael. After relocating to Seattle, Washington, the young Kennedy family settled in Los Altos in 1963 where Maggie lived until 1988.
In 1995, Maggie married John Wimer and they relocated to the Villages in San Jose. Their lives were full of friends, church and family. John's seven children and their families became a big part of Maggie's life. Maggie moved to Cupertino in 2007.
Maggie has 7 grandchildren, 3 of whom live in the Bay Area with her daughter Katey and husband Marc. Daughter Tricia lives in Idaho and has two daughters, and son Michael lives in Nelson, New Zealand with his wife Sally and two children. Daughter Karen passed away in 1975.
Maggie was very involved in her church, she was also an athlete who loved the outdoors. She loved to sew, cook, play tennis, bike ride, camp, raise her kids and dogs. Maggie was the legal secretary for the Mountain View city attorney for 13 years.
She loved to garden and recycle. Maggie was one of the early pioneers in recycling; long before it was fashionable the paneled station wagon would be loaded with glass and aluminum and driven to De Anza for recycling.
Maggie will most be remembered for her warm, welcoming smile, giving heart and generous spirit. The Kennedy home growing up had a revolving door for family and friends who needed/wanted a place to stay or a meal to share. Maggie you will be sorely missed, but your spirit is being passed on through the family and friends you touched with your smile and your love.
Please join the Kennedy family as they celebrate Maggie's life with a Mass and reception on February 16th at St. Simon's Church in Los Altos at 9:30am.
In lieu of gifts or flowers the family asks that any contribution in Maggie's honor could go to one of the following:
University California San Francisco
Department of Neurology, Memory and Aging Center
P.O. Box 1207
San Francisco, CA 94143-1207
Or as many of you know Maggie's son Michael is battling ALS. We know Maggie would appreciate any help in supporting his family through this difficult journey. Please send your contribution to:
14411 Big Basin Way
Saratoga, CA 95070-6008
Attention: Michael J. Kennedy Benefit
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Jan. 30, 2013