HOCKING, Marion Olive Johanna Dingle Of Union City, CA, passed away peacefully at Mirabel Lodge in Forestville, CA on May 23, 2006 at the age of 98. Born on September 22, 1907 her life was remarkable. Married to George Henry Hocking for over 50 years; her connection to his family was unique. Their lives followed parallel paths from sharing a common birth-state, Michigan, to being raised in Montana. It was in the Bay Area that they finally met, married and the union between Dingle and Hocking families solidified. Three marriages between the siblings of both families created an amazing extended family that spanned decades and generations. Even within this family Marion stood out. Born at a time women couldn't vote into a family with little money -she graduated with a degree in Latin from UC Berkeley in 1929. During the Great Depression, she kept her family fed when food was scarce and her home became known as a place where someone in need of a meal would be sure to find one. In World War II served as an active member of the Army Air Forces Ground Observer Corps of the IV Fighter Command as a certified Aircraft Recognition volunteer. She cooked countless memorable meals for family, friends and those in need from the little kitchen in the house she and her husband built and shared a life. She loved to read, camp and travel, and made several trips to Europe. She squared danced in exhibitions with her husband, and could complete a NY Times Crossword puzzle in no time flat. She taught her family to laugh at Monty Python, play gin rummy and that voting is a civic responsibility. Her wisdom, wit and humor, which she retained to the end, were appreciated and will be missed by all who knew her. At her passing, great-granddaughter Alana commented that now she knows no one who survived the Great Depression. Nothing could say it better. The Model T Ford was released on Marion's first birthday, and robots roamed the surface of Mars on her last. In her life Marion was an eye-witness to almost a century of unparalleled transformation in the world - and her loss is a loss to us all. She was preceded in death by her husband, their two beloved daughters Carol Joanne Hocking and Elaine Marie McSween, and her son-in-law Donlee McSween. She is survived by grandson Steven, his wife Mary, and great-grandchildren Alana, Tyler and Kieran McSween. Granddaughter Diane Gleeson and her partner Tamara Hibberd. Grandson Paul McSween. Granddaughter Shannon, her husband Dain, and great-grandchildren Corey and Baylee Fogelmanis - as well as numerous members of her extended family and many dear friends. They loved her dearly and will miss her every day. Her family would like to thank Dr. Lawrence Williamson of Windsor, CA for the careful, kind medical attention she received in her last years. The staff of Memorial Hospice of Santa Rosa, CA for their care and concern for Marion and her family throughout her illnesses. And, most especially they are grateful to the staff and administration of Mirabel Lodge who cared for her tenderly and with love for the last year and a half of her life. Her passing was made easier by their presence in her life. A memorial service will be held at Holy Cross Church where she was a decades-long member at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 28, 19179 Center Street, Castro Valley, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations to Memorial Hospice at 821 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 would be appreciated.
Published in Press Democrat on May 26, 2006.