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Katherine Fowler McKenzie

Katherine Fowler McKenzie died in Greenbrae on May 18th at the age of 94.
She was born to Eugene and Myrtle Fowler of Newcastle, California, founders of Fowler Nurseries, on November 6, 1920. She was a 4th generation native Californian. Raised in Newcastle, she attended grammar school there, graduated from Placer Union High School in Auburn in 1938 and attended the University of California in Berkeley (Class of 1942). She became a member of Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority where she became a life member and stayed in touch with her former members until her death.
Katherine moved to Sacramento and began her career working for a legislative committee at the state Capitol. She then moved to San Francisco where she worked as an executive secretary for United States Lines. She was married in 1950 to Philip Dolter, an executive with American President Lines. In 1953, they moved to Mill Valley and had two daughters, Barbara and Lisa. She was active with the Mill Valley Outdoor Art Club.
In 1960 they built and moved into their new home in Belvedere, where Kay served on local school boards, was active with Girl Scouts, the St. Stephens Guild and a volunteer (Pink Lady) at Marin General Hospital.
After Phil's death in 1964, she married Roderick McKenzie in 1967, a district manager for Zellerbach Paper Company and moved for a short time to Sacramento. When his job took him back to San Francisco, they were very happy to be able to repurchase the same home Kay had sold and spent many happy years there.
Kay and Rod took many wonderful trips together and enjoyed entertaining their many wonderful neighbors and friends. At their home, they grew cymbidium orchids, avocados, which were cultivated by her father and roses. Kay was member of the Tahoe Yacht Club and she and Rod belonged to the Belvedere Sailing Society. Rod died in 1996. Kay sold the home a few years later and moved to the Belvedere Lagoon and then moved to The Tamalpais in Greenbrae in 2000.
At The Tamalpais, she played mah jongg with friends on Wednesday afternoons, followed by dinner in the dining room, and on Sundays she had a special breakfast group. These times with her dear friends were always the highlight of her week.
She was an avid sports fan and loved watching the San Francisco Giants, the San Francisco 49ers, the Golden State Warriors and Cal Bears football.
Kay was a remarkable woman, independent, active and still driving until her death. She loved unconditionally and was devoted to her friends and family. Kay will be deeply missed. She always had a smile on her face and was loved by all. A note was found on her mirror, "Look for the Silver Lining whenever clouds appear in the blue. Remember somewhere the sun is shining and so the right thing for you is to make it shine for you. A heart full of joy and gladness will always conquer sadness and strife. So always look for the silver lining and you will find the sunny side of life."
Kay is survived by her daughter, Barbara Hogan (Kevin) of San Rafael; step-son Scott McKenzie (Mai), of Rosemead, California; grandchildren Robert Hogan of San Francisco, Katy Hogan of San Rafael, Tom Hernan of Santa Rosa and Matthew Garren of Petuluma; and great-grandchildren Nevaeh and Ryan. Her daughter Lisa Garren preceded her in death.
Private services will be held; for more information contact Barbara Hogan 415-456-7467.
In her memory donations may be made to your favorite charity.

(Published May 27, 2015)

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