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Josephine Louise Holcomb

July 28, 1922 ~ April 5, 2017 (age 94)



Josephine Louise Holcomb

July 28, 1922 — April 5, 2017



Josephine Louise Holcomb (Louise) passed away on April 5, 2017, in South San Francisco, California. Born on July 28, 1922, in Bakersfield, she was 94 years old. Louise was one of two daughters of Albert and Jessie Edwards. Louise is survived by her 6 children, 14 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. 

Louise attended UCLA where she was studying to become a school teacher. It was there that she met her future husband, Bob, at a college dance. They were married in Monroe, Louisiana, on February 27, 1943, and were together for 73 years.

Louise was an Army/Air Force officer’s wife for the first 20 years of her marriage. During these years, Louise's calm and positive disposition was the cornerstone of a stable and loving home despite the frequent moves of military life. Louise also cheerfully served the community wherever they lived, serving as chapel/church choir director and soloist, member of the officer’s wives club, and brownie scout leader.

In 1963, the family moved to Fresno upon Bob’s retirement from the military. Once again Louise became involved in the community. She served multiple times as president for both the Fresno Women’s Symphony League and the Sunnyside Garden Club. She enjoyed sewing, knitting/crocheting, cooking, and playing bridge and golf. She loved to sing and play the piano. Louise had a brief successful career as a licensed real estate agent.

Upon the death of her husband, Louise moved to an assisted living facility in South San Francisco. During the four months she lived there, she quickly became an integral part of the community. She was known for her welcoming smile, beautiful singing voice and friendliness.

Louise was the heart and soul of her family. She had a sweet and generous nature; and was a role model for showing kindness and respect to others. She loved being a wife, mother, and grandmother.

Louise and Bob's years together were full of adventure. Living in a wide variety of places from Alaska to Newfoundland to Florida, and traveling the world together. Louise and Bob were members of the Trinity Lutheran church in Fresno where they enjoyed fellowship in a Koinonia group and volunteered their time giving communion to church members that were no longer able to travel out of their homes.


Those we hold

most dear

never truly leave us;

they live on

in the kindnesses

they showed

and the love

they brought into our lives.


Isabel Norton


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