Please join us to celebrate the life of Mary Gilmore Kemp on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 5:00pm at Saluti Cellars, 7505 Grizzly Flat Rd. Somerset, CA 95684
We will share memories & dance to the music she loved as we honor her life & the joy she brought to all. Food & Refreshments will be pot luck style, so we ask you to please bring a dish to share.
Dec. 12, 1952 – Aug. 20, 2018 – Mary lost her prolonged arduous battle with cancer on August 20th, 2018. She passed away from complications of treatment of her 5-year battle with AML Leukemia. Mary was a beautifully amazing woman who touched the lives of so many in our community & all those that knew her. Her light was bright & rare!
She was the “Face of the Gold Vine Grill” always welcoming & often the first person you met when coming to this area. Mary’s love for her family, her friends, & community was reflected in her day to day life.
Mary is survived by her life partner and husband Greg, brothers Jim (Deb), Mike (Loretta), sisters Peggy (Jan), Denise Gilmore-Forren, Patti (Chris), brother-in-law Stephen (Rick), sister-in-law, Becky (Dave) and many nieces and nephews, cousins, friends and colleagues. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ed and Mildred Gilmore and older sister Sharon DiMauro.
Though her formal training was in education and she enjoyed working with her young students at Santa Ynez HS, Mary and Greg opened their own restaurant and became an integral part of their community running the “Cheers” Bar of Somerset, Calif., better known as the Gold Vine Grill.
She continued working with her young stewards by co-founding the Future Chefs of America in El Dorado County, now run by Placerville.
Additionally, in lieu of flowers please make a cash or blood donation in Mary’s memory to Blood Source. Be sure to mention MARY KEMP club number #1265 when donating!
A Beautiful tribute to Mary by Katelynd Adams on Aug 30, 2018, 7:16 PM
There are few times in life when you encounter a person such as Mary.
These are the people that can make you feel warm and at home the second you walk through the door. The people who smile and laugh and brighten up even the darkest of days.
This is who Mary was. Her door was always open, as well as her heart. And she welcomed everyone in to both with open arms.
For me, she was also my mentor in my teen years. She gave me my first restaurant job, where she cheerfully taught me the bones of the business of serving others.
Our little community needed people like her and Greg, to come in and open a place to bring everyone together. That’s literally what they did. They’ve given us all a home away from home, a place to make new friends, a place to forget your worries and get a hot, wonderful meal.
Losing Mary is a tragic loss for all of us. She’s a once in a life time kind of friend. There will never be another like her, but how blessed are we that we got to be a part of her life?
What people will remember is the way you made them feel, and she made us all feel like family. I will forever look back upon our time together and smile, and feel her presence and warmth surround me.
God bless you Mary Kemp. I love you.