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.


4 Responses to Celebration of Life

  • We shall miss Mary . I loved her newsletters but upon reading the last one I was saddened to hear she was ill. We really missed her as we and friends dined at the restaurant the week before she passed. We were shocked to loose her, the face of Gold Vine Grill, Chef Greg’s better half and the one person we always looked forward to saying hello to and introducing our friends to at each visit. Mary will be greatly missed. Sending prayers for comfort during this time of healing.

  • Mary
    I will particularly miss your precious face and smile. You always took care of me when I came to have lunch or dinner. Your place was the only place that I could eat for seven years because your food was the best and most wholesome in the whole state. Blessings on your journey.

  • Missing my dear friend Mary. So sad that I can’t be at the celebration of life that is happening today. I miss her dearly. Sending loving thoughts and prayers to all who had the chance to know her. she was an awesome soul. she cared deeply and lit up every room she entered. I met her back in 1976 at Joby’s restaurant on Rio lindo. We became best friends, and roommates. I fondly remember how deeply she slept through her alarm during the days she was student teaching. I would have to jump up and turn it off and wake her. Always envied her abilty to sleep through anything. At least in those days. She always managed to come visit on my birthday in august along with another friend of ours. We had great times. Went on many fun trips. Lived through boyfriends, divorces, and always kept in touch. When ever she came to visit she always insisted on taking over in the kitchen. Lots of love, wine and Laughter. She will always be in my heart. RIP my dear friend Mary. I miss you so.

  • What a beautiful, perfect setting and great speeches for Mary’s Celebration of Life”!!! All we were missing at the wonderful party was her….always such a delightful spirt . So glad I had the chance to join with a gf I met at The Gild Vine Grill in our birthdays this month. We got to not only celebrate Mary’s life but catch up after 6 years!

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