Marie was my precious long time friend and "other mother" whom I first met at La Jolla Lutheran in the early 70's. We sang in the choir together for several years and hosted their first Passover Seder together.
I moved to Israel in 1990, but we maintained contact over the years, with Marie visiting in Jerusalem and me returning for visits to La Jolla. I am extremely grateful to G-d that I was able to visit Marie in the Summer of 2012, as it turned out to be our last visit together.
I will forever remember the many times we went to plays and concerts together, just simply enjoying life. That was her gift to me -- passing on the sheer exuberance of enjoying the life G-d has given to us.
I know she is resting in the arms of our loving Father.
With love and gratitude,
Dear John, Winnie, Carol, and the Holbrooke family,
I am very sorry for your great loss. Marie was truly an inspiration to many, in many ways: in her generosity,her love of family and friends, her enthusiasm for travel and for new experiences, and her genuine interest just about everything. I will miss her yearly updates and pray to have even half of her energy! Bless her and all of you.
Ginny Anson Turturro and family
Hugs to you from Jacquie Field and Connie in Colorado. Marie was part of Mom's life from grade school. Always loved hearing from her and sharing the messages with Mom. take care.
Marie was a dear friend from LJ Lutheran Church when we lived in LJ and attend that church. She was a generous, lovely person, inspiring the rest of us to live life to the fullest!
Our prayers are with you now. May the memories you and your family and she shared sustain you now and for all your time.
Carol - I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. Sending prayers for you and your family's continued strength and comfort during this difficult time.
Sooz and Gary Morreal
I met Marie only for one weekend of fun in San Diego with Winnie and her girlfriends from High School. She was a woman with a big heart sharing her condo with us, a great dinner and wonderful concert then Sunday Mass together!!! Memories with Marie I will cherish forever!!!! Thank you for the perfect weekend of love and laughter!
Judy Enders Danese
Our sincere condolences John and Winnie.
For those in San Diego on Saturday, January 18 there will be a memorial service for Marie at LaJolla Lutheran @2 pm. All are welcome.
I was fortunate enough to have lived across the street from Marie for a number of years. Marie's Mother and I shared a birth date on a Mother's Day. That is how I first met Marie. I found her to be intelligent, accomplished and grounded. She was comfort to me when I had a loss. I truly am sorry that she has departed but I know she left with the world just a bit better. I she loved her family and I share a bit of their sorrow.
To the Holbrooke family. During this difficult time only God can give us the love and peace that we need. We hope that time can heal the pain that you and your family are going through. 1 John 4:8 says that "God is love". He will help you get through this during this sad time.
Mrs. Holbrooke, such a loving generous warm heart, my weekends and summer of 8th grade "mom" who made all the difference with her positive joy. God's peace and comfort to all her dear ones.
Marie was a very giving woman who not only financially supported her causes, but also gave of her time and labor. She supported scholarships for women so they could finish college. She was a former president and treasurer of AAUW San Diego Branch. She reached out to all she came in contact with and will be greatly missed.
Marie was Board President of the Social Service League of La Jolla when I was manager of the League House. She was always upbeat and happy and made the senior residents feel important and had value. She never forgot a birthday and sent me birthday greetings even years after I left.
We shared and missed the Midwest values.
Marie, you will be greatly missed.
Marie was a most valued member of Social Service League for 39 years. Wealways looked forward to hearing the stories of her road trips through Europe with 2 or 3 friends and especially the one where all of their luggage was stolen the day before they were to leave. Marie, we will miss you very much.
Marie will be greatly missed. We always knew when her birthday was near in July because La Jolla Lutheran Church would be packed with her friends and family in town to celebrate. She touched so many lives!
Marie bridged the gap of miles with birthday cards and thoughtful words. Her energy and passion for life will be missed by us all yet her spirit remains forever bright.
Marie was such an inspiration to so many people. The impact of who she was and what she did will be felt for generations to come.
Marie was a beautiful lady inside and out and I will miss her updates and uplifting messages. The world is a better place because of Marie.
Marie was one of the treasures in my years with the San Diego Branch of AAUW. She was a helpful worker and a no-nonsense individual who spoke her mind without pretense. I'll miss knowing her smile is brightening someone's day.
Rest in peace, Marie. You did so much for AOPi in keeping the alumni group together. Thank you. You'll be sorely missed.
The woman who will be missed around the world, but especially by me.