KATHERINE POWELL "Kay" MULHOLLAND

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Katherine Powell Mulholland was born in Winnetka, IL, on November 6, 1928, the only child of Harold and Elizabeth Powell. They moved to Westwood, CA a year later, where she was raised. An early memory was attending dance school with Shirley Temple. Kay attended University of California, Los Angeles, where she said she went to earn her Mrs. degree. She met and married her first and only sweetheart, Richard Mulholland, only grandson of water engineer, William Mulholland. They left southern California in 1955, with their four children, to begin a life farming citrus in Orange Cove. Family and community were the focus of Kay's life and she used her considerable energy and organizational skills as PTA and Women's Club President, 4-H Community Leader, swim team board member, Reedley Hospital Auxiliary volunteer and ultimately President of Orange Cove Chamber of Commerce. She was presented with a Special Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding and dedicated service to the Orange Cove community. With the children grown, Kay and Dick spent years big game fishing, and at one time, Kay held four Women's World Records for marlin and sailfish. After Dick's death in 1992, Kay continued to volunteer, play bridge with their group of friends, and travel extensively, leaving no corner of the world unexplored. She took her grandchildren with her on the occasion of their graduations. Kay was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and with the support of her children and caregivers, she lived at home as independently as possible until she moved to Quail Park Memory Care in Visalia, CA, where she had the best care until her death on Sunday, September 2, 2018. Kay leaves behind her children, Jeannette Bauer and husband David, Christine Mulholland, Tom Mulholland, and Betty Chisom and husband Allen; as well as four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. There will be no services.
Published in the Fresno Bee from Sept. 15 to Sept. 16, 2018
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