December 8, 1920 to April 11, 2014 Erma Jean Humes, 93, died peacefully at her home in Santa Rosa, California on April 11, 2014. She is greatly missed by her loving family. Born Erma Jean Cline to Herschel Herman and Lucille Hammock Cline on December 8, 1920 in Charleston, Illinois, she married Robert William Humes in Mattoon, Illinois on April 11, 1944. Erma Jean earned her nickname Honey Child and met Bob while attending Eastern Illinois State Teachers College in 1939. They made their first home together in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois where they lived until Bob was transferred to Pensacola, Florida for Naval Aviation training. Erma Jean gave birth to their first child, Jane Ellen, on March 27, 1946 in Champaign-Urbana where they had moved after World War II so Bob could attend the University of Illinois on the G.I. Bill. The family later moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for work and their second child, David William, was born there on March 15, 1949. They next moved to Detroit, Michigan where Julia Anne was born on March 20, 1957 and later to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where Robert Jeffrey was born on April 8, 1958. After these tumultuous years, they eventually settled on the West Coast, first in Portland, Oregon and then in Fremont, California. Erma Jean worked as an Executive Secretary during these years and Bob worked for the Ford Motor Company. They both retired in 1983 and moved to Vacaville where they enjoyed retirement until Bob died of heart failure in May of 1992. After the death of her beloved husband she settled in Sonoma County in 1993 and enjoyed living close to her children and grandchildren. She is survived by her sister, Kathleen Pettyjohn of Springfield, Illinois. Other survivors include her children and their spouses: Jane Humes (Richard Schaffer) of Stockton, California; David Humes (Mary Potje) of Guerneville, California; Julie Kelley of Red Bluff, California; and Jeff Humes (Maritza Humes) of Santa Rosa, California. Other family include her grandchildren and their spouses: Daphne Humes (Bruce Tang) of San Francisco; Morgen Humes (Peter Cook) of San Francisco; Brian Humes of Santa Rosa; and Joel Humes of Santa Rosa. Her great-grandchildren Ella, Zachary, Orly and Calvin, all of San Francisco, brought her great joy during her later years. Kalo Seru and Fane Malaude were her dedicated and loving caregivers, helping her live her final year of life in the comfort of her own home. If you wish to help memorialize her life, in lieu of flowers, please make donations to the
, which was one of Erma Jean's preferred charities.
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Apr. 18 to Apr. 21, 2014