Marian Washler Holmes, age 87, former resident of Prescott, Kan., more recently of Presbyterian Village, Fort Scott, died Thursday, July 20, 2006, at the Fort Scott Manor Nursing Home.
Marian was born Sept. 3, 1918, the daughter of O. V. and Amy Washler at Sterling, Kan. She graduated from Langdon High School, Langdon, Kan., in 1936, and attended McPherson College. Marian taught in rural schools and also at the Kingman Kansas Grade School from 1938 through the Spring of 1945.
On July 3, 1945, she married John E. Holmes at Prescott, Kan. Marian and John lived on a farm north of Prescott for 51 years prior to moving to Fort Scott in 1996. While in Prescott, Marian worked at the Prescott State Bank, served as a 4-H leader and was very active in the United Methodist Women, serving as a state officer traveling throughout Kansas. Following retirement, Marian and John joined the Good Sam Club and spent their winters in Harlingen, Texas and summers taking extended trips in Colorado. She was a member of the Community Christian Church in Fort Scott and the U-R Welcome Sunday School class. Marian loved to cook for her husband, family, neighbors and friends. Her neighbors especially enjoyed Marian's cookies. A gifted painter, Marian used oils and water color to recreate scenes from their many travels. Marian was a caring, compassionate person who loved God and was devoted to her husband of 61 years.
Survivors include her husband, John, of the Presbyterian Village; a sister, Barbara Ann Curry of Lawrence, Kan.; nieces, Susan Flores and husband Carlos, Benicia, Calif., Page Ginn and husband Bryan, Valatie, N.Y., and nephew, John Curry and wife Gaby, Lawrence, Kan.
Pastors Dusty Drake and Tim Woodring will conduct funeral services at 10 a.m., Monday, in the Community Christian Church. Burial will be in the Holmes Cemetery at Prescott under the direction of the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to either the Community Christian Church or the Fort Scott Manor Rehabilitation Department and may be sent to Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, KS 66701.