Marlene Elizabeth Kinkelaar of Mission Viejo, California, died on Saturday, June 16, in the loving arms of her daughter. She was 77.
Marlene was born in May 1935 to Henrietta Osborn Maury and George W. Maury in Oak Bluffs. In 1952 she married Francis C. Vincent II and together the couple had three sons. Later divorced, in 1958, she married Danny Lee Kinkelaar from Dodge City, Kansas. They drove across country to Garden Grove, California, in 1959 where they raised her sons, Richard F. Vincent, Frances C. Vincent III, the late Michael L. Vincent, and daughter Lisa L. Freeman.
Marlene worked at Montgomery Wards Customer Service Collections Department and the 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 Mahjongg tournaments, knitting clubs, and painting with her friends. She participated in philanthropic fundraisers with Beta Sigma Phi women 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 (Brad), Richard F. Vincent (Susan), Francis C. Vincent III (Debbie). She is also survived by her sisters, Lorraine B. Kornek of Naples, Florida, and Martha’s Vineyard, and Sandra O. Wells (James); sister-in-law Jane Maury of Freehold, New Jersey; grandchildren Matthew Vincent, Nicole Numbers, Stacey Vincent, Jeffrey Vincent, Brian Freeman, Michael Freeman; great-grandchildren Lexi Vincent and Maggie Freeman, many cousins, nieces and nephews and countless friends from across the United States.
She was preceded in death by her parents: George W. Maury and Henrietta Osborn, her brother George W. Maury Jr., her devoted husband for 44 years, Danny L. Kinkelaar, and her sons Michael L. Vincent and Danny A. Kinkelaar.
Marlene will be deeply missed. She touched so many lives with her warm heart and caring manner. Services will be held 2 pm, July 28, at Loma Vista Memorial Park in the San Rafael “A” Urn Garden, 701 Bastanchury Road, Fullerton, CA 92835. Following a funeral ceremony there will be a gathering of friends and family to celebrate her life in Mission Viejo, California. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Lymphoma & Leukemia Society a lls.org.