Gwendolyn “Gwen” Ann (Leedy) Hannagan went to be with her heavenly Father on August 26, 2018, after a several year struggle with Alzheimer's. Her family and friends are at peace knowing she loved Jesus, her Savior, and will spend eternity with Him.
Gwen was born in Rapid City, South Dakota, on July 12, 1943, the second child of David and LaVaughn Leedy. Shortly thereafter the family moved to Long Beach, California, and later to the Sacramento area. Here she finished her junior and senior years, graduating at San Juan High School. She married Ken Alameda shortly afer graduating, and the couple was blessed with a daughter while Ken was serving in the Army. Unfortunately, Ken's life of 22 years was tragically ended. Gwen met and married Dudley Kirkpatrick in 1968, and the family of 3 grew to 4, with the birth of another daughter. The family eventually moved to Napa in 1980.
While in Napa, Gwen worked for the City of Napa as Receptionist at City Hall for several years, was the Volunteer Coordinator for the Volunteer Center, and enjoyed volunteering for the Napa Valley Symphony League. But her life always centered around her faith in the Lord and her love for her family. She attended Grace Church and was an active member since first attending in 1990. Here she met and married Harold (Hal) Hannagan in June of 1995, and became the stepmother to 5 more daughters.
Gwen found fulfillment in hosting and attending Bible studies, helping with baptisms, and serving as a greeter. She was an encourager and known for her frequent sending of notes, which always included Bible verses. She loved spending time with her family and was always eager to attend sporting events, birthday celebrations, and special programs of her grandchildren. She was gifted in decorating, and found pleasure in helping others create lovely rooms in their homes. She also was a wonderful cook, and enjoyed opening up her home in hospitality. Gwen had quite a “green thumb”,always spending time making her yard look lovely with plants and flowers, especially roses. Throughout her life she was fortunate to travel many places, her favorites being Kauai, the East Coast, France and Italy.
She is survived by her husband Harold Hannagan, her daughters Debra Fuca (daughter of Ken Alameda) and Donna Gunning (daughter of Dudley Kirkpatrick), her stepdaughters Katherine Ambrose, Melissa Winkelman, Dr. Jennifer Kim, Sharon Kenyon, and Rebecca Reyes, her 27 grandchildren, her 3 great-grandchildren, her sisters Lenore Wellings and Sue Hubbard, and her brother Dan Leedy.
Gwen will be buried at Tulocay Cemetary in Napa. The family would like to invite those who knew and loved her to a celebration of her life on September 15 at 12:30pm at Grace Church of Napa Valley.