Marjorie Evelyn Flood, Absher, Holbert, Absher
Marjorie Evelyn Flood was born February 21, 1921, the fourth child of Charles Alphy Flood and Myrtle Ann Hogan Flood in Mangum , Oklahoma . The family was fairly affluent so Margie’s early years were full of love and tenderness. She was, from the beginning the apple of her daddy’s eye and much spoiled by her older brothers and sister. Because of her sunny disposition all this attention just made her more likable.
When the great depression hit Oklahoma, Margie’s family, including two uncles and their families, all moved to California . They were lucky in that they had money for such a move and finances to relocate. They rented a large house together at first until jobs could be found for the men. The children all continued their educations and Margie was able to graduate from San Bernardino High School in the years to come.
A neighbor introduced Margie to Jack Absher one evening and that was the beginning of a love story that would continue for sixty years and being married twice, to each other. They married the first time a week after Margie graduated from high school. This marriage had two children, Jacqueline Absher Vaughn, and Richard Clinton Absher.
Margie was married again during the 50’s to John Russell Holbert. They had two children also, Cynthia Kim Holbert Warren and John D. Holbert.
Margie and Jack were married again in 1970. All four children were raised as full brothers and sisters and were the pride of Marjorie’s life. Anyone who knew her knew that her family was everything to her. She might adopt others along the way, like Patti and Jim Eidemiller and Jim and Erin Byrd, Jerry, Little Joe, but they were family just the same.
Margie hated to travel. She wanted to be home, sleep in her own bed and have family and friends around her. She and Jackie went to Hawaii in 1981 and she said that, “I am not going anywhere again that I can’t catch a Greyhound Bus home.” She made several visits to Alaska to visit Jackie and many to Virginia and Michigan to see John. She truly felt that if you traveled it should be to see your kids. Nothing else was worth it.
She took care of her own mother, Myrtle for twelve years. She was a kind and thoughtful daughter and friend. She was a loving mother and grandmother. Just before her death she celebrated her 88th birthday with a party in her honor. She was surrounded by her kids, grandkids and great grandchildren. She was happy, alert and enjoying every moment of that day.
A few days after her birthday, her youngest son, John came from Michigan and spent four days with her talking, reminiscing and laughing. Everyone else agrees that she waited for John before going home to Heaven. She made him promise that he would move “home”. With her family soon to be all together she felt comfortable in leaving.
Marjorie joined the family who had gone before her and the husband she loved enough to marry twice at the gates of Heaven on March 14, 2009. We know that the party was enormous and joyful for the one who gave so much to so many. She is survived by four children, 15 grandchildren (only one that she didn’t get to meet in person, Charlie Wade who was too young to travel) and 12 great grandchildren.
She hauled us all to church willing and unwilling. She taught us what was right and what was wrong. She lived a Christian life and made sure that we all knew what that meant. She grilled any person that might join the family. She talked straight and to the point. She loved with the fierceness of a mountain lion. She always said that she had special privileges to God’s ear and we always believed her. She didn’t want to sing in the choir of Heaven, she wanted to lead it. May all that she went through on this earth add jewels to her crown. We will miss her greatly.
There is a party going on in Heaven. Margie is the Guest of Honor. Those of us unable to attend will be having a memorial service at the Church of the Nazerine in Cle Elum, Wa on Saturday, June 27, 2009 at 11:00 am. All are invited to attend and celebrate her life.