Marlene Elizabeth Kinkelaar, 77, of Mission Viejo, Calif. died on Saturday, June 16, in the loving arms of her daughter, Lisa.
Marlene was born in May, 1935 to Henrietta Osborn Maury and George W. Maury in Oak Bluffs. In 1952, she married Francis C. Vincent 2nd, and together they had three sons. Later she married Danny Lee Kinkelaar from Dodge City, Kansas. They drove across the country to Garden Grove, Calif. in 1959 where they raised her three sons, Richard F. Vincent, Frances C. Vincent 3rd, the late Michael L. Vincent, and daughter Lisa L. Freeman. Marlene worked at Montgomery Ward’s customer service collections department and Ford Aerospace micro-assembly department, where she helped develop the first Litton microwave oven. She also worked as a buyer and planner at Hughes Aircraft. During her retirement years she frequently assisted her daughter in a medical office.
Marlene and Dan explored many exciting travel adventures together from rock-hounding in the deserts, off-roading in the Cady mountains and dune buggying at Pismo beach.
Marlene earned an associate of arts degree. She was quite talented and became an amazing artist. She enjoyed painting in her California studio as well as plein air painting. She was involved in various social activities, such as Mah-Jongg tournaments, knitting clubs and painting with her friends. She participated in philanthropic fundraisers with the Beta Sigma Phi women’s sorority. The most recent devotion was A Mission for Life, where her goal was to paint all 21 California missions and donate all proceeds of the paintings and cards to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.
She is survived by her children: Lisa L. Freeman and husband Brad, Richard F. Vincent and wife Susan, and Francis C. Vincent 3rd and wife Debbie. She is also survived by her sisters: Lorraine B. Kornek of Naples, Fla. and Martha’s Vineyard, and Sandra O. Wells and husband James of Venice, Fla.; her grandchildren Matthew Vincent, Nicole Numbers, Stacey Vincent, Jeffrey Vincent, Brian Freeman and Michael Freeman; her great grandchildren Lexi Vincent and Maggie Freeman; and her many cousins, nieces, nephews, and countless friends from across the United States. She was predeceased by her parents, George W. Maury and Henrietta Osborn Maury; a brother George W. Maury, Jr.; her devoted husband of 44 years, Danny L. Kinkelaar; and her sons Michael L. Vincent and Danny A. Kinkelaar.
Marlene will be deeply missed, as she touched so many lives with her warm heart and caring manner.
Services will be held July 28 at 2 p.m. at Loma Vista Memorial Park in the San Rafael (A) Urn Garden, 701 Bastanchury Road, Fullerton, Calif., 92835.
Following the funeral ceremony, there will be a gathering of friends and family to celebrate her life in Mission Viejo.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society Research organization at lls.org.