Holly Hahn Noble Right up until Holly Hahn Noble of Tiburon, California passed away on February 5th, 2013, she lived life to the fullest. She was a singer, actress, philanthropist, writer, travel agent, voice over, tennis player, and grandmother extraordinaire. Not to mention clown school grad.|
Growing up in Short Hills, New Jersey, Holly was president of her high school class, directed and wrote theatre while forming an octet and Red Cross chapter.
At Wellesley College, she organized an octet which toured Ivy League campuses and local Army bases. In addition, she used to sneak out of the dorm to sing one-night-stands with Boston orchestras.
While doing graduate work at Oxford University, she led college tours around Europe and travelled throughout Britain with a tape recorder and her guitar, collecting ballads for the Library of Congress.
Back home in New York, she worked as a sit com writer for shows such as "The Great Gildersleeve".
Holly moved to San Francisco and married the late Mark Noble Jr. in 1960 after he rescued her from crashing into a tree on the Sugar Bowl ski slopes. They moved to Belvedere in 1964 where they raised their two daughters, Jenny and Tracey, who now live back East with her four adoring grandchildren.
She continued to embrace life with gusto well into her later years, whether bungee jumping in New Zealand, doing improv or acting in children's theatre. She was a lead actor at Awaneehee's Bracebridge dinner in Yosemite and led wacky, action packed art tours around the country.
Whether in life or on the stage, Holly played the Emperor, Giant, Wizard, and Dolly.
She agreed with St. Augustine that "The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only a page".
Donations in honor of Holly Noble may be made to Children's Theater Association of San Francisco.
A memorial service will we held at St. Luke's Episcopal Church on Friday, February 15 at 11:00.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Feb. 11 to Feb. 13, 2013