Cicely K. Mul­doon

San Francisco Chronicle (Sunday) - - LIFETRIBUTES -

Cicely Ann King Mul­doon spent her last week win­ning at the bridge ta­ble, cheer­ing as Democrats took back the House and declar­ing that she’d had a good run. She died Jan. 5, 2019, sur­rounded by fam­ily at home in Sausal­ito, where she’d lived since 1953. She was 96.

Born Feb. 26, 1922, to Mary and John King in Omaha, Neb., she at­tended South High and Creighton Univer­sity. There, she met James Mul­doon, a gen­tle­man drawn to her light­ning wit and kind heart. They mar­ried Sept. 6, 1943, be­fore he shipped out for the In­va­sion of Nor­mandy.

The Mul­doons moved to San Francisco post-war, set­tling in Sausal­ito. When fog horns blew, seals barked and neigh­bors popped in for mar­ti­nis dur­ing the cou­ple’s 30-plus years host­ing New Year’s Eve par­ties, she’d say there was no place she’d rather live.

Mostly, Cis worked as a home­maker. She raised seven chil­dren and served as sur­ro­gate mom to gen­er­a­tions of young­sters, many of whom streamed through the door with­out knock­ing be­cause she made them feel so wel­come in her of­ten rau­cous home. Her only real rule, kid-wise, was “No foot­ball in the liv­ing room!” She’d ac­qui­esce upon hear­ing, “Ah, c’mon, just one more set of downs.”

She be­longed to Saint Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, and ded­i­cated years vol­un­teer­ing with the Sausal­ito Sal­vage Shop, a thrift store that raised money for Marin char­i­ties. She was a long­time mem­ber and past pres­i­dent of the Sausal­ito Woman’s Club, an avid reader, whip-smart bridge player, cross­word puz­zler, and a po­lit­i­cal junkie. Af­ter a spring can­cer di­ag­no­sis, she had one re­quest of her on­col­o­gist: Get her to Nov. 6, Elec­tion Day.

Her par­ents and four si­b­lings, Katie An­drews, Jack, Dorsey and Jerry King pre­ceded her in death, as did her hus­band, Jim, and sons, Brian and John. Sur­vivors in­clude her chil­dren, Cicely, Steve and Jim (Rose-Meri) of Sausal­ito; Mike of Mill Val­ley; and Katy (Steve Keener) of Port­land; daugh­ter-in­law, Mar­tie, of Liver­more; grand­chil­dren, Mag­gie, Tim, Den­nis and Brian; and many nieces and neph­ews.

A cel­e­bra­tion of life is planned for 4 p.m. Fri­day, Jan. 25, at the Sausal­ito Woman’s Club. Me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions: Sausal­ito Woman’s Club Schol­ar­ship Recog­ni­tion Fund; Friends of the Sausal­ito Li­brary; or Hos­pice by the Bay.

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