Lela "Marie" Tharp
Lela "Marie" Tharp passed away July 22, 2013.
She was born March 24, 1917, in Lookout, Calif.
During her childhood, she moved to Malin, Ore., with her family. She attended school there until her sophomore year when she had to quit school and start working at Kalina's Store to help her family.
In 1937, Marie and her husband Virgil Holbrook moved to Macdoel, Calif., where they began farming. In 1947, they welcomed a baby boy, Norman, who became a wonderful part of Marie's life. In 1952, she married Archie Tharp, who she met while deer hunting. Together they farmed and raised potatoes and cattle. Marie also enjoyed raising sheep, bummer calves and chickens as well as running a potato shed.
She was a member of the Sage Riders during the early 1950s and a very active member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Butte Valley.
Her home was always a meeting place for friends and family. Anyone who stopped by was welcomed and would be invited to stay and eat. She was known for her cooking skills, especially her carrot cake. She loved to play cards, hunt, fish and go to Reno whenever she got the chance. She most enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was very appreciated and loved by friends and family.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother Arthur and Maggie Criss, husband Archie Tharp, brothers Arnold, Delmar, Leland and Donny Criss and sister Bernice Heatherwick.
Survivors include her son and daughter in-law Norm and Cindy Holbrook, grandkids Sheila Froebe and husband Jason, Craig Holbrook and wife Myndy, and Jenny Colgate and husband Kevin, great-grandsons Kaulin Froebe and Griffin and Tate Colgate, great-granddaughters Baylin, Maren and Reagan Holbrook as well as her sister Dolly Thompson and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to extend great appreciation to Pelican Pointe Assisted Living & Memory Care Community and Klamath Hospice.
A small private ceremony will be at a later date. Online condolences may be made at girdnerfuneralchapel.com
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