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Marjorie C. Holmes died after a short battle with cancer on December 29, 2013 at Prestige Assisted Living in Marysville with members of her family at her side. She was born in Bonnie, Illinois to the parents of Clarence and Laura Lang on January 29, 1921. She was 92 years old at the time of her death.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, William H. Holmes. She is survived by her children: Christine Holmes-Walters and her husband Cliff Walters of Joseph, OR; Jim Holmes and his wife Marcia of Brownsville, CA; four grandchildren: Bill Holmes (Rachel Meyers) of Annapolis, MD, Susan Holmes (Nathan Georgitis) of Eugene, OR, Jeffrey Holmes (Ivy) stationed in the UK, Christopher Holmes of Sacramento, CA, and Lucy Munoz of Paradise, CA. She also had four great grandchildren.

Marge led a very colorful, productive, and adventures life. She touched many lives.

Soon after her marriage to Bill in 1944 they both moved from St. Louis, MO to Strawberry Valley where Bill started his career with the Soper-Wheeler Company. While Bill was managing the growth of the company, she was very active in the community where she briefly taught school in Brownsville and later was one of the leaders consolidating the several one-room schoolhouses in the region that resulted in the creation of the Yuba Feather Joint Unified School District and the Yuba Feather School in Challenge. She was very active in the PTA, 4-H, and taught swimming lessons with her close friend Marge Cosens in the family swimming pool. She was very interested in fashion, sewed many of her own clothes, loved knitting, and for several years led the annual fashion show at the Brownsville Grange. She was a founder of the Yuba Feather Historical Society and Museum in Forbestown.

She loved to camp and enjoyed adventures in the great outdoors. She and Bill loved the challenge of floating rivers and over the years with their inflatable raft took on portions of many riversâ€"Yukon, Yellowstone, Salmon, Snake, Missouri, and Colorado to name a few. She loved traveling the world -- visiting Europe, China, New Zealand, and with her close friend Jean Knox, the pyramids in Egypt.

Most of all she loved her family and was so proud of their accomplishments.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Fremont-Rideout Hospital, Dr. Broutski, Dr. John Rose, and especially the dedicated and caring staff at Prestige Assisted Living. In lieu of flowers please consider a contribution to Sutter North Hospice, 400 Plumas Blvd., Yuba City, or .

At her request, there will be no services.

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Published in Appeal Democrat from Dec. 31, 2013 to Jan. 2, 2014
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