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Merriam Emmons Holmes

1926 - 2011 Obituary Condolences

Merriam Emmons Holmes, loving wife and mother, born in Napa, California December 3, 1926, to Harold M. Emmons and Francis M. Behrens, passed away March 23, 2011 in Yakima, WA. Merriam grew up in Napa, graduating from Napa High School. Merriam married Jack H. Holmes from Palermo on September 4, 1949. They moved to Yakima, WA in 1957.

Merriam enjoyed singing in mixed quartets, women's trios, and chorus groups.

In 1997, they began RVing, traveling and working with MAPS, an Assembly of God volunteer retiree group. In 2004, they returned to Yakima to be near family and friends.

Merriam was preceded in death by her parents and stepfather, Herbert L. Son; two sisters, Dorothy A. Emmons and Vivien M. Emmons Ambrose; a brother, Harold B. Emmons, a granddaughter and a great-granddaughter.

She is survived by her husband Jack, her four children, Denice (Glen) Park of New York City, Linda (Gale) Culbertson of Yakima, WA, Karen (Larry) Knox of Vancouver, WA, Eugene (Sandra) Holmes of Cowiche, WA, 11 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Apr. 1, 2011
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