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Dimple Holley


November 29, 2016

April 22, 1920 - Nov. 24, 2016

Dimple Mae Holley, 96, of Sweet Home died Nov. 24, 2016.

She was born April 22, 1920 in Garvin, Okla. to Aaron and Kizzard (Bronson) Quinn.

She married James R. Holley on Sept. 25, 1937, a marriage that lasted 70 years until his death in 2008.

The couple, with their five children, moved to Sweet Home in 1951. As well as being a mother and homemaker Mrs. Holley worked summers as a “row boss” in the Lebanon-area bean and berry fields.

Along with her husband, she also tromped the nearby mountains collecting ferns, moss and fir cones to supplement their modest income. She was also known for her summer canning from a large vegetable garden, as well as a knack for baking.

Mrs. Holley is survived by her daughter Betty and son-in-law Ray Carpenter of Aloha; sons Tom of Sweet Home, and David and daughter-in-law Linda (who she thought of as a daughter) of Sweet Home; brother George McElrath of Oklahoma; 20-plus grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 25-plus great-great grandchildren; and a great-great-great-grandchild, who was part of a six-generation picture taken last year.

She was preceded in death by her husband James; her parents; son Bill J.; and daughter Shirley.

A graveside service is planned for 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at Gilliland Cemetery for family and friends.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.


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