Elaine “Cookie” Audrey Rey Kendro, 78, died on Oct. 3, 2019.
Born in Canton, Ohio, to parents Angel “Jim” Rey and Olga Rey. (Preceding her in death) Elaine grew up with her older sister Virginia Borland. The girls were very close through Elaine’s life. Elaine graduated from Timken Vocational High School in 1959.
Elaine married her childhood sweetheart Joseph Kendro who was and always will be the love of her life. The couple and their two beautiful boys moved to California in 1968 where they mostly lived between Huntington Beach and Paradise.
Elaine worked hard her entire life. She completed many college courses and classes to continue her education and better herself. Elaine worked mostly in the banking and clerical industry even after being diagnosed with MS in 1983.
Elaine was a passionate reader and very intelligent lady. She created beautiful needlepoint and macramé. She enjoyed bowling and was an incredible dancer. At one point in her life she was a “Rockette.”
The family later settled in Livermore, Calif., in April 1996. In July 2002, Elaine faced her greatest loss when her Joe passed away. Elaine carried on, filling her day with volunteering for Kaiser Permanente in Livermore, and spending time with family and friends. Elaine started to slow down as the MS was getting worse and would later move to Rancho Murieta for the last five years of her life. She was surrounded by great caregiving friends and family.
Elaine is survived by her oldest son Mark and his wife Donna, her youngest son Michael and his wife Sarah, her sister and best friend Virginia, and her beautiful grandchildren Andrea and her husband Sean Britzki, Kristopher, and Jessica. “Tough Cookie” – Yes, she was strong, determined and amazing in every way. She kept her independence all the way to the end.
We will be celebrating Cookie’s life on Nov. 15, at Callaghan Mortuary, 3833 East Ave., at 11 a.m. Following the celebration, close family and friends are invited to gather at Zephyr Grill in Livermore on First St. to share stories and fellowship.
In lieu of flowers, family asks those interested to make donations in Elaine’s name to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 150 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94612.
Callaghan Mortuary is honored to be serving the Kendro family. An online guestbook is available for condolences at www.callaghanmortuary.com.