ODESSA After 101 years of vivacious living, Marjory Brown Holmes passed away on April 11, 2013.|
Marjory was born December 23, 1911, in Ft. Worth, to Charles Lamb Brown and Pearl Hinckle Brown. She was the fourth of five children. Marjory grew up on ranches in Texas and Oklahoma, where she learned to jump horses and fix fences. Starting college at 16 at TCU, she was a member of the swimming team and college life guard. From there, she transferred her junior year to Oklahoma University, where she obtained a BS in education and pledged Chi Omega sorority. During this time, Marjory was lucky enough to cheer on the horses at the Kentucky Derby each year, as well as the Hialeah Racetrack.
After graduating from OU, Marjory attended classes at Columbia in New York City. Her apartment overlooked Grant's Tomb and she was a frequent visitor at the "speak easy" in which Louie Armstrong played. Marjory later went into teaching in Skiatook, OK, where she met her husband of 45 years, Seth Warner Holmes. "Cy," as his friends knew him, became the true love of her life; as evidenced by the fact that they moved 21 times with Shell Oil before settling in Odessa in 1951.
A school teacher for years at Dowling and Reagan Elementary schools, Marjory touched the lives of hundreds of Odessa children. In addition to teaching, she was a member of two book clubs, as well as a competitive bridge player. Always one to speak her mind, Marjory was an active Republican, as well as a founding member of the Odessa BT chapter of PEO. Some of the community groups she supported were the Symphony Board and League of Women Voters. She also volunteered at Medical Center Hospital.
Travel was another love of Marjory's and she spanned the globe by plane, train, ship and car. Some of Marjory's favorite spots were Austria, South America, China and Africa.
Marjory was predeceased by husband, Seth Warner Holmes and son, William Warner Holmes.
Marjory, also known as "Gmy" by her grandchildren, leaves behind a daughter Anne Jennings and her husband Paul of Odessa, grandchildren Jacqueline Hudson and her husband Jeremy of McKinney, and Nick Jennings and his wife Valerie of Plano, as well as a great-granddaughter Parker Hudson. Other close family members include daughter-in-law Nancy Holmes of Interlaken, FL and adored God-daughter Elizabeth Rice of Santa Fe, NM.
The family would like to specially thank the staff of Manor Park, whose love, support and care made Marjory comfortable in her final years.
Marjory was an example of an extraordinary life that was fully lived, and she will be dearly missed by all who knew her. Making it 100 years without a broken bone, she claimed her long, healthy life was due to her love of "rare beef and aged scotch."
In lieu of flowers, she wished memorials go to Food 2 Kids.
A private family service will be at a later date.
Services are entrusted to Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.
Published in Odessa American on Apr. 13, 2013