Sunday services for Mary Elizabeth Rapp, longtime Menlo Park resident


A Mass of Intention for Mary Elizabeth Rapp, who lived most of her life in Menlo Park, will be held at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at St. Denis Church, 3350 Avy Ave. in Menlo Park. Ms. Rapp died Oct. 15 at the age of 92.

A reception will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. that afternoon at the Weston Palo Alto, 675 El Camino Real in Palo Alto.

Mary lived most of her life in Menlo Park. In 2015, she moved to her daughter's home in Monmouth, Oregon.

Born in Illinois, Ms. Rapp moved to California with her family as a youngster. She graduated from U.C. Berkeley, where she was a member of Sigma Kappa sorority.

When her children were young, she was active in PTA and a children's theater group. She and her husband, Tom, took up tennis in their 40s, establishing a tennis club at Sacred Heart School in Menlo Park.

At age 60 she received her real estate license and sold homes into her early 80s. Her passions were tennis, bridge, Ferragamo shoes, orchids and fine jewelry, say family members.

She is survived by her children, James Hilton Rapp of Portland, Oregon, Donna Elizabeth Rapp of Calgary, Canada, Kathy Rapp Myers of Monmouth, Oregon; and three grandchildren. Her husband, Thomas Hilton Rapp, and son, Bruce McDonald Rapp, preceded her in death.

Memorials may be made to the Menlo Park Library Foundation ( or St. Denis Church, 2250 Avy Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025.

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