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Kendyl Louise Uppstrom Evans
April 15, 1964-Jan. 6, 2013
Resident of Capitola
Kendyl, 48, passed away Sunday, January 6th at Dominican Hospital surrounded by family. Her death marks the end of a very courageous three year battle with cancer.
She was born and lived her life in Santa Cruz, graduated from Harbor High School in 1982, received a BA Degree in Marketing from San Jose State University in 1990.
Kendyl began her work experience in retail at Marini's Bikinis (now Marini's At The Wharf). She worked several years at the Beginnings Clothing Stores in Santa Cruz and Scotts Valley. Upon graduation, Kendyl entered the technology field starting at Borland as an Administrative Assistant, then moved into Marketing where she did product marketing and worked on events. After Borland, Kendyl worked at Catapulse, she also worked part-time for a Hawaiian company, Referentia, that makes online learning tools; later she did direct marketing for Adobe, managing email advertising and awareness campaigns. At the time of her death, she was on medical leave from her position as Global Marcom Manager at Seagate Technology. Kendyl enjoyed her work with clients and co-workers receiving exceptional support throughout her years of cancer treatment.
Kendyl is survived by her husband, Wade, and father, Kenneth Uppstrom (wife Fran) of Oregon and mother, Barbara Oyama (husband Richard) of Santa Cruz, sister Suzan Szucs (husband Martin) of Wisconsin, sister Patricia Zammit (partner Gary Green) of Texas#8230;also nieces Brandy, Star, Ashley, Miranda and nephew Eddie. Kendyl was Godmother to Beth Nelson's daughter, Katie.
When confined at home, Wade provided the care, comfort and nourishment that Kendyl needed to retain her positive attitude. She enjoyed continued communications with her many co-workers and friends thru texting and Facebook.
The family wishes to thank all the professionals and staff at both Stanford Hospital and Dominican Hospital, also Amy McMullen, MD for their exceptional care and dedication to ensure Kendyl's quality of life.
Memorials may be made to Stanford Women's Cancer Center, 900 Blake Wilbur Drive, Stanford, Ca 94304 or a
Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Jan. 18, 2013
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"I love you sis and miss you so much. You always made me want to be a better person. My heart is broken..."
- Patty Zammit
"I only met Kendyl once or twice several years ago long before she became ill. It was at the home of a..."
- Karen S.
"I am sorrowed to hear Kendyl's passing. She was a dear friend who's friendship and kindness will be..."
- Max Terronez
"Kendyl amazed me with her courage, perseverance, and grace. It was an honor to have Kendyl as a Seagate..."
- Colette Jack
"Kendyl inspired me with her courage, perseverance and grace. I was truly privileged to have Kendyl as a..."
- Colette Jack
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