Transitions Eve Marion Agiewich Eve Agiewich, 68, died at her Palo Alto home Oct. 13. She was born in New York City and moved to Palo Alto in 1978. An attorney and lifelong advocate for others, she once described her background by saying, “I was raised in a household that believed, implicitly, in the worth of every human being, in equality, and in the right of every person to be treated with dignity and fairness. Social action was in the water I drank.” After closing her Silicon Valley law practice in 2000, she worked
with Clara Mateo Alliance — a shelter for homeless families and adults. She also served on the board of the Community Working Group, helping to create Palo Alto’s Opportunity Center. In 2009, she was named a Peninsula Interfaith Action Local Hero. Her most recent position was Director of the Fatherhood Collaborative of San Mateo County. When not working, she pursued travel, photography, reading and hiking. She was preceded in death by her husband of 34 years, Arnold R. Agiewich. She is survived by her daughter, Erica Agiewich, son-in-law, Miles Davis, and grandchildren, Owen and Adele Davis, all of Palo Alto; her daughter, Rebecca Agiewich, and son-in-law, David Taylor, of Seattle, Wash.; and her brother, Norman Tischler of Cleveland, Ohio. N
Miriam Roth MacKenzie Miriam Roth MacKenzie passed away Oct. 3, 2012, at her home in Menlo Park where she had lived for 62 years. She was born in San Francisco on Jan. 8, 1917, and lived most of her life on the Peninsula. She was the daughter of Almon E. Roth and Mildred Hayes Roth and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.O. Hayes of Edenvale, San Jose. She grew up living on the Stanford campus where her father served as Comptroller of the University for 18 years. She attended Castilleja School in Palo Alto and graduated from Stanford in 1938. There she was president of her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, graduated with Great Distinction and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa National Scholastic Honor Society. In 1941, she married Alexander Scott Gray MacKenzie who was then in Stanford Medical School. He served for three-and-a-half years in the Navy Medical Corps in World War II, after which he returned to Stanford Hospital for his surgical residency. In 1950, he joined the Palo Alto Clinic and the family established a home in Menlo Park. Life was never dull in the MacKenzie household and Mrs. MacKenzie lived an extraordinarily busy but very happy life occupied with the raising of her six children and participation in their activities. She also provided a home for two grandparents for 23 years and nine foreign students who came and went. She served as President of the Stanford Mother’s Club (now Parent’s Club) and volunteered for auxiliaries to Stanford Children’s Hospital (now Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital). When her children were grown, she transferred her energies to her garden, creating and maintaining such a beautiful one that it was enjoyed by many. The family’s love of the High Sierra resulted in many wonderful summer experiences in the High Country. Dr. MacKenzie died in 2000. His wife is survived by her daughter, Alexandra Standing (Douglas) of Sunnyvale; her ﬁve sons, David (Helen) of Palo Alto, James (Janet) of Atherton, William of Menlo Park, Duncan (Phyllis) of College Station, Texas, and Donald (Janice) of Newark; eight grandchildren; six great grandchildren and her brother William Roth (Deborah) of Palo Alto. Private services will be held. The family requests any memorial donations be made to the Peninsula Open Space Trust, 222 High St., Palo Alto, CA 94301; or the Roth Auxiliary at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, 725 Welch Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304. PA I D
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Julie Kohls Julie Kohls passed away suddenly on Sept. 29, 2012, at the age of 51. She was an amazing woman with a beautiful smile and laugh that would brighten any room! Julie was raised in Palo Alto, Calif., and graduated from Cubberley High School. Julie and her husband raised their three boys in Rio Vista, Calif. During those years Julie was active in St. Joseph’s Parish as a youth group leader and various fundraising activities. She volunteered as a counselor for “At Risk” teens, coached for Little League Baseball and AYSO youth soccer and was a member of the Rio Vista Soroptimists Intls. Julie had a successful career in Real Estate, work-
ing for Shea Homes, Warmington and Olsen Homes as well as O.C. Jones Construction Company. She is survived by her husband of 29 years, Alan; sons, Jarrod, Grayson and Mitchell; father, William Lipp; step-mother, Soon; sister, Leanne King; and many nephews and nieces. Predeceased by mother, Carole Robertson; step-father, Earl Robertson; sister, Barbara Smith; and brother, Bill Lipp. Public memorial Saturday, Oct. 20, at 1:30 p.m. at Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Donations can be made to Shriners Hospital Link: http://support.shrinershospitals.org/goto/JulieLippKohls PA I D
Marilyn S. Wilson Marilyn S. Wilson passed away on September 21, 2012, at her home in Palo Alto, hours after she would have celebrated her 65th wedding anniversary to her husband Bert Wilson, who preceded her in death in 2008. She was surrounded by her loving family, who for weeks had stayed close by her side. Marilyn was born in Chicago on March 30, 1927 to Otto and Veda Stratton. She grew up in small towns throughout the west, where her parents owned and operated several successful hotels She studied architecture at the University of Oregon, an active member of the Delta Gamma sorority, but left a year before graduation to marry a handsome Marine Corps pilot, just returned from World War II – Bert Wilson. Marilyn was bright and beautiful, talented and artistic. They soon settled in Portland, Oregon, where they raised their three children. The Wilson family moved to Los Altos in 1964 to take over operation of the family hotel in Palo Alto, The Flamingo Motor Lodge, which they expanded, remodeled, and re-named The Creekside Inn. Marilyn used her artistic skills extensively in her role as interior designer and purchaser for the highly successful business. Marilyn’s hobbies included golf, painting, and competitive bridge. She was a longtime member of the Los Altos Golf and Country Club, an active member of the 18Hole group there. She was an exceptional bridge player, winning many duplicate bridge tournaments.
And she loved to paint – especially portraits of her children and grandchildren, and beautiful landscapes of places she had visited. She continued to paint until the ﬁnal months of her life. Marilyn was also a voracious reader – novels, non-ﬁction, magazines – it didn’t matter. She read non-stop, and especially enjoyed her decadeslong association with her book club. In 2007, having sold their Los Altos residence, and after spending several years at their Carmel home, Marilyn and Bert moved to the Vi (formerly the Classic Residence by Hyatt), near Stanford University. She loved living at the Vi, where she could read, paint, play bridge, and where she became close friends with many intelligent and interesting people, as she told her family. Her friends and family remember Marilyn for her ready smile, quick intelligence and a positive and brave attitude towards life until the end of her days. Marilyn is survived by her daughter, Lynn Wilson Roberts of Los Altos (Howard), sons Mark Wilson of Seattle, Stan Wilson (Caryn) of Rancho Mirage, and her brother Stan Stratton of Palo Alto. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Elizabeth Rood, Annie Roberts, Will Roberts, and two greatgrandchildren, Amelia and Samuel. In lieu of ﬂowers, donations to Pathways Hospice or Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital, where Marilyn served on the auxiliary for many years, would be welcomed by her family. PA I D
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Section 1 of the Oct. 19, 2012, edition of the Palo Alto Weekly.