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Doris Holbrook


12/06/1925 - 04/12/2014 Obituary
Doris Holbrook Obituary
Pinky Holbrook passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on Saturday, April 12, 2014 in Bakersfield, CA. A memorial and reception will be held Friday April 25, 2014 at 9:30am at St. Philip the Apostle Church in Bakersfield, CA.
Pinky was born in Terry, Montana on December 6, 1925 and was the eldest child and only daughter of Frank and Frances Kinkade. Pinky grew up in Montana and Cody, Wyoming where she attended Cody High and played bass drum in the marching band. She has lifelong friends from her school years and told numerous stories of their trips to the Shoshone River, Yellowstone Park, snow skiing in the winter and driving all of her friends in their hand-painted convertible called "Shasta." Pinky married local Cody boy Bill Holbrook in 1949. The couple lived in Wyoming, Montana, and North Dakota. They started their family in 1950 and within 13 years Pinky & Bill had eight children. In 1964 the family moved to Bakersfield with Hughes Tool Company.
Pinky immediately became involved with the newcomers group in Bakersfield where she met many friends. The family attended St. Francis church and helped open St. Philip's. When her youngest child entered kindergarten, Pinky became an aid at South High School where she worked for 20 years. In retirement, Pinky volunteered at the Gleaners, as a greeter and collection counter at church, and took communion to the sick. She belonged to the Elks RV group, St. Philip's Women's Club, Ursulines, Round Tuits, and other various social groups. Bill and Pinky continued to travel to Cody where they reunited with high school friends every 4th of July. The couple loved to travel and spend time together and with their family.
Pinky was the matriarch of a large family. She was the heart and humor of the group. Pinky was an excellent wife, mother and grandmother known for her hospitality, loving heart and positivity. Pinky is survived by Bill, her husband of 65 years, two brothers Keith (Tina) Kinkade, Karl (Jean Kay) Kinkade, eight children: Kathy Torchia, Randy Holbrook, Bill Holbrook, Scott (Dru) Holbrook, Sue (Marty) Urner, Tom (Claire) Holbrook, Jeff (Hannah) Holbrook, John (Vicki) Holbrook, 15 grandchildren and spouses, 13 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. She is preceded in death by her parents Frank and Frances Kinkade and brother Tom Kinkade.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Pinky's honor to Golden Empire Gleaners. Pinky, we love you and miss you but you will be in our hearts forever.
Published in Bakersfield Californian from Apr. 17 to Apr. 21, 2014
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