Kimberly Marks Wolfe
April 12,1965-Jan. 4, 2013
Resident of Aptos
It is with great sadness that the family of Kimberly Marks Wolfe announces the passing of their dear Kimmy. She died in her Aptos home at 8:00 am, January 4, 2013 after a gallant seven-year battle with breast cancer
in the arms of her beloved husband, with her sister Tasha and father at her side. In spirit, her large and extended family watched over her.
Kim was born in Eugene Oregon on April 12, 1965, Kimberly Davis, the daughter of William Jackson Davis and Kathryn Howe Britton. Her family later moved to the Vienna Woods neighborhood of Aptos when she was six years old. It was in that neighborhood that Kim met an amazing group of girlfriends, Lisa Nielsen, Beth (Anderson) Moorehead, Amy (Anderson) Magee and Cyd Furlanic. She attended local schools including Mar Vista Elementary and graduated from Aptos High in 1983. In 1988, she graduated from UC Santa Cruz, with a degree in biology
Kim's drive and discipline took her far in life. In her teens she became an avid cyclist. The Saturday morning ride was her favorite way to train. It was not unusual to see Kim racing through Aptos, pony tail flying, in the front of the pack, as the group made their way to Watsonville. Kim cherished these memories. Her talent was later to take her to 14th in the Olympic trials and an invitation to join the prestigious Women's Olympic Developmental Team giving her an amazing year-and-a-half of racing in Europe and in the U.S.
As Kim's cycling career climaxed she made the important decision to attend Hastings Law School in San Francisco. Graduating with honors in 1995 she soon was admitted to practice before the United States Patent Trademark Office in patent cases. She continued to work until her passing, focusing on patent and trademark litigation, business transactions and estate planning.
Kim and her husband Ben met on Main Beach during one of Phil Kaplan's volleyball classes. Their passion for volleyball led them to three "No Attitude's" tournament championships and the introduction of the sport to their daughter Taryn, who now garners the competitive spirit. Even after her playing days were over, Kim's active mind and lifestyle kept her busy with many philanthropic endeavors. She was a volunteer for the Amgen Tour of California's first visit to Santa Cruz, a dedicated member of the Mar Vista Parents and a vocal supporter of Soquel Girls Volleyball and Main Beach Volleyball Club. More than anything, she loved attending her daughter's volleyball and softball games. She was always so proud of their academic and athletic achievements.
Sharon Anderson, thank you for the Wednesday night meals and laughs. Lisa, Amy and Beth, along with Kim's sister Natasha (Davis) Joyet, provided immeasurable support and made many hard days more bearable with plenty of laughter and jokes. Dr. Andrea Edwards, her staff and the Dominican OOU nurses are truly amazing and compassionate people. Thank you to all of the 'others' out there who provided such amazing and continued support through our battle.
Her sense of humor was always present, even until the very end. She loved her pets and joked with her family that she knew how to, "pick fruit and animals". She had a gift for understanding the nature of the heart, and was a natural mediator. Her favorite colors were the greens, yellows, and oranges of autumn. She loved spending time in Montana with Ben, Taryn and Tessa. Kim made a gallant effort to live with her breast cancer and at all times desired to be graceful, good- natured, accepting and spiritually connected. She believed in love and believed that no matter how bad it gets, 'attitude' is a choice. Kim was not afraid of dying.
Kim is survived by her loving husband and partner of eight years, Benjamin Wolfe and her girls, Taryn Marks 15, and Tessa Marks 11. Also by her mother, Kathryn Britton, her father, William Jackson Davis, her step-mom, Kimberly Carter Gamble and her siblings, Bart Davis, Natasha Joyet, Benjamin Davis, Justin Davis, Rebecca Davis and step-brother Kyle Thiermann. Kimmy leaves behind her greatest love, her family. She wished for her epitaph to say, "Kimberly Marks Wolfe, beloved wife of Ben Wolfe, Beloved Mother of Taryn and Tessa," "because that's who I am."
Kim was laid to rest in a private gathering at Santa Cruz Memorial Park. Plans are underway for a Celebration of Kim's life in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Santa Cruz County, 940 Disc Dr., Scotts Valley, CA 95066.
An educational fund has been established for the benefit of Taryn Tessa Marks at Edward Jones, 819 Bay Avenue, Suite B, Capitola, CA 95010.