Erma O’Dean Hole was welcomed into Gods arms from her bed at home with loved ones September 20,2021.
Born Sept. 7, 1925 in Glendale California. She was a beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother and a good friend. She will be greatly missed by us as our matriarch. We could go to her with anything and everything and we did.
She had a happy childhood growing up with her parents Marie and Henry O’Dean and her sister Dorathy always close in a suburb of Los Angeles. She and her sister tap danced on stage and on steps at the opening of City Hall in Los Angeles. She and family were active in the Lutheran church socially and helping and God’s light shined through her in her life. Mother was in CWC club and others with close friends and In high school she and friends danced at the Paladium in person to Benny Goodman, Glen Miller, Woody Herman and Harry James. She worked in office for several years before marriage always taking streetcars to the city.
When she married Orville Hole they lived in the Crescenta Valley foothills of the San Gabriels and enjoyed family picnics in the mountains, to beach swimming, archery and golfing. They had a daughter Arlene Lucier and son Barry Hole and they camped in the forests of Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Canada and traveled Hawaii and abroad as well – Switzerland a favorite of the two of them. They bought a beautiful wooded lot at Lassen where Daddy designed and built a mountain home of their dreams with a large stream for fishing, swimming. After Orville’s death in 1984 Erma moved to Carmel where they had honeymooned. Her close granddaughter Shamen said “they were the true love story”. A devastating loss to us was Barry at 48 in 2005 from a massive heart attack. He worked at Lockheed 27 years often with his Dad. Her daughter Arlene moved 10 minutes away from Mom 25 years ago; they were close enjoying belonging to Adobe Questers and spending time always together.
When raising the children, she was a stay-at-home mom and when the grandchildren were young, they too enjoyed sharing time with their grandparents in Crescenta Valley She sang in the church choir and “Mother’s Singers” and was a leader in Brownies through Girl Scouts for Arlene. She and Arlene were always close at heart. They traveled extensively in America and Europe. When she was alone in Carmel as at their home with Orville holidays drew all the family to them and their loving home and her wonderful cooking and apple pies.
She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother aunt and a good friend. She always cooked delicious holiday family dinners and baked incredible pies, crochet beautiful blankets for family and babies, veterans’ homes and hospitals. When the babies and little ones were fussy, we’d hold and dance as she played piano Rimsky Korsakof; lull them to Laura.
A gracious lady her later years were quiet at home, walking, reading always, often sitting in the sun with a view of the ocean she loved or the sun at Arlene’s..
There was a Lutheran service October 4 at Wee Kirk O’ the Heather church-near the family section of Forest Lawn, Glendale. Her granddaughter Shamen’ and Jason children, her great grandchildren: Ryan, Bradley and Willow came from all over.