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Marjorie Maxine "Marge" Hootman


11/03/1920 - 07/09/2014 Obituary
Marjorie Maxine "Marge" Hootman Obituary
Marjorie Maxine "Marge" Hootman, 93, long time resident of Bakersfield, passed away suddenly on July 9th from a ruptured aorta. Her sons, Larry and Jerry Hootman, were at her bedside, as well as other extended family members, when she passed.
Marjorie was born Marjorie Turk on November 3, 1920, in Osceola, Iowa, where she attended grammar and high school. She met her one true love in high school, the late Robert "Bob" Hootman. They were married on October 23, 1941 and remained together until Robert's passing in December 2012.
Robert served in the US Navy during World War II, and upon his honorable discharge in 1945, the couple went to live in Florida, where both Bob and Marge worked for a time at Pan American Airways. After the birth of son Larry in 1947, they moved back to their hometown of Osceola, and a year later moved to California where Bob went to work with US Parks Service in Three Rivers. Their second son, Jerry, was born in 1949, and shortly thereafter Marge relocated to Dinuba, while Bob rejoined the Navy to participate in the Korean War.
Upon Bob's return the couple lived in Woodlake and then Fresno. In 1957 Bob and partners started Calzona Box and Lumber in Lamont and the family moved to Bakersfield. In 1960 Marge began working part-time as a cafeteria worker in the Bakersfield City Schools system. Although small in stature (5' and 90 lbs) Marge "carried her weight" in the kitchens, and was well loved by all her supervisors and co-workers. Marge was an active member of the Wesley United Methodist Church community, helping out with summer Bible school teaching, bake sales, and other events of her women's group.
In the early 1980's, Bob and Marge retired from their daily occupations, and began their life long dreams of touring the USA and the world. Because of Bob's military service, the couple was entitled to hop on any 'space available' US military air transport going anywhere in the world. It was not unusual for their sons to receive post cards in the mail saying "Hi- We're in Samoa this week" or "New Zealand is beautiful this time of year. See ya soon". First a travel trailer and later a van conversion RV gave them access to the sights of the USA. Some of Marge's favorite locations were Branson, MO, Kissimmee, FL and the New England states in autumn. She was also very proud of her extensive collection of spoons, and of her original Shirley Temple doll, among others.
Marjorie is survived by her two sons, daughters-in-law, six grown grandchildren and a dozen great-grandchildren, most of whom still live in the Bakersfield area. The family would like to thank The Trinity for the excellent service provided to Marge during her two years at the residential care facility.
Public viewing will be at 10:00am at Hillcrest Memorial Park & Mortuary followed by interment at 11:30am Saturday, July 12th on the Hill of Valor with her husband. There will be no chapel services. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Wesley United Methodist Church in Marge's memory.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on July 11, 2014
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