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Obituary: Evelyn Stoops, real estate broker

 

Evelyn Stoops, a Woodside resident for more than 70 years who worked in real estate for more than 50 years, died June 20 at age 98 in Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City.

A funeral Mass was held June 28 at Mt. Carmel Church in Redwood City and a graveside service took place at Holy Cross Cemetery in Menlo Park.

Ms. Stoops was a native of Sausalito and grew up in San Francisco and Woodside, the home of her great-grandparents since 1850. She graduated from Notre Dame High School in San Francisco in 1934.

She moved to Woodside permanently in 1945 after marrying Stephen O'Leary. The couple had three children.

Ms. Stoops started out in banking in San Francisco, then moved on to property management and real estate, and later became a real estate broker.

She worked until the age of 93 and became "one of the longest serving members of the San Mateo County Board of Realtors," relatives said.

Ms. Stoops volunteered at times for church clubs and Brownie and Girl Scout troops. She was a lifelong parishioner of Our Lady of the Wayside in Portola Valley, St. Marcellas Mission Church on Canada Road in Woodside, and Mt. Carmel Church.

Ms. Stoops was preceded in death by her first husband, Stephen O'Leary, her second husband, Dewey Stoops, and her sister, Sister Marie Julie (Marcella Mortola) of the Dominican Order. She is survived by her daughters Stephanie Klingele of Oroville, California, and Marsha McCarthy of Santa Cruz; her son Stephen O'Leary of Baja, Mexico; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

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