Marilyn Joan Moore
April 11, 1932 – July 28, 2020
Marilyn Joan “Sally” Sandals Kennedy Moore
Marilyn Joan Sandals Moore was born on April 11, 1932 in Cleveland, Ohio. She was the daughter of Harold Franklin Sandals and Mary Louise Etzensperger. She grew up on the Hale Farm, which is now on the register of historic places in Cuyahoga National Park in Bath, Ohio. Her father was a ward of Charles O. Hale, who sold him a home on his farm when he married. Her mother grew up on a farm in Willoughby, Ohio. Marilyn was known all her life as Sally. Her parents had different ideas on the name for their oldest daughter and her father won out on her official name being Marilyn but her mother’s choice became the nickname Sally ended up going with all her life. During World War II Sally’s father worked for Goodyear Tire and Rubber in Akron, Ohio as a liaison officer with the U.S. Army. He was transferred to Southern California and her mother traveled across the country behind a Mallet articulated steam locomotive, with Sally and her sisters Dorothy and Christine, while very pregnant with Sally’s youngest brother, William. Sally vividly remembered the journey which included flooding while crossing the Great Salt Lake and fellow passengers who were Italian Americans being sent to internment camps with their guards. She remembered how gallant and courteous the Italian Americans were to her pregnant mother.
Sally and her family lived in Bellflower, California until the end of World II when they moved to Napa and then to Vallejo. Sally graduated from Vallejo High School in 1950. She attended dozens of reunions over the years, remained close friends with many of her classmates, and had been looking forward to attending her 70th reunion until the Covid19 virus caused its cancellation.
Sally attended UC Berkeley and received an AA degree but dropped out before receiving her BA to marry Alfred Kennedy. They had two daughters, Elizabeth Ann and Caroline Marcella. Alfred Kennedy was in business with his father in Lawton and Alfred Kennedy Books which printed fine press and collectible books. Sally and Alfred lived in San Bruno where she was active in the business and the many organizations which were clients of the firm such as the Bancroft Library, the Gleeson Library, the California Historical Society and the Chinese Historical Society. She also served for several years as president of the PTA at her daughters’ school. During this time she became close friends with her neighbors Lois Chamberlain and Barbara Blakeslee. The women remained close friends for more than 65 years.
When the children finished high school Sally went to work for Pacific Bell as an operator and was soon promoted to service representative where she handled large business accounts. She worked for more than 30 years for Pacific Bell under its changing names until she retired from AT&T when she was 70.
She married David Edward Moore in 1986. David worked for the San Francisco Chronicle and sometimes interviewed celebrities for the newspaper. She enjoyed sitting in on interviews when circumstances allowed and meeting people ranging from Bill Cosby to Gunther and other circus performers. She especially hit off with the late country singer Dottie West when they discovered they both had husbands substantially younger than they were.
Sally loved being a grandmother after daughter Liz had two daughters, Erin and Kirsten Holtgreve, and daughter Caroline had two sons, Daniel and Nic Schaffer. She also enjoyed being a grandmother to Dan and Nic’s two half siblings, Jordyn and Jon.
Sally and David traveled internationally dozens of times to more than 40 countries including almost every nation in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Egypt, Turkey, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Venezuela and Mauritius. Sally and David also often took excursions by train both internationally and in the United States. For more than 20 years their annual tradition was to take a winter snow trip to Reno on Amtrak with their friends Paul Thiele (who was the Best Man at their wedding) and Chris Cool. Sally and David lived in Fremont and Walnut Creek during their working years. Sally was an accomplished painter and enjoyed participating in art classes in the Walnut Creek area. After Sally’s younger daughter, Caroline, died of glioblastoma cancer they moved to Orangevale, California to be closer to the two grandsons and other members of both their families. Sally is survived by her husband, David; daughter Elizabeth Holtgreve, granddaughters Erin Holtgreve, Kirsten Holtgreve and Jordyn Schaffer; grandsons Daniel, Nic and Jon Schaffer; great grandson Mason Schaffer; her sisters Dorothy Leach and Christine Page; her brother William Sandals and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Sally is also survived by many many friends. Some she had known for decades while others she met in many other ways including some who she had met all over the world on her travels. She made friends easily even with strangers. When she worked for the telephone company she would walk to work early every morning in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood past dozens of homeless people and she made friends with most of them. After her retirement when her husband accompanied her on a visit back to her workplace he was somewhat startled (but knowing Sally not too surprised) to find many homeless people running up to Sally to give her a big hug. Sally rarely said good-bye to people but almost always said “I Love You.” For all of you who have read this obituary to its end I know she would want to say to you: “I Love You.”
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Marilyn Joan Moore
August 1, 2020
Our thoughts are with you. We were so fortunate to have met and become friends with you and Sally at outings with the wood carvers. Please take care and keep in touch.
Bill and Gwen