Mary Louise Hollenbeck

Mary Louise (Brown) Hollenbeck, 84, died July 25, 2014, after declining slowly from dementia. She had been a resident of Clark Place in Moscow, Idaho, for six years.

She was born April 25, 1930, in Brush, Colo., to Willis Clark and Bernice Louise Brown. The family moved many times through many states, including Colorado, New Mexico, Washington and Montana, where she graduated from high school in Alberton. She then moved to Tacoma, where she met Charles G. Hollenbeck. They were married July 19, 1950. After starting their life together in Burien, Wash., they moved to Enumclaw where they resided 42 years.

Her life centered around her husband, her family and her faith. She was a member of the Church of Christ and her home was always open to anyone who needed a place to stay, including many a visiting preacher. She took up oil painting later in life and was well known around the area’s art clubs. Due to declining health, she moved to Troy, Idaho, to be close to family.

She is survived by daughters Diana (Guy) Buzga of Troy, Idaho, and Laura (David) Peacock of Buna, Texas; sons James (Valerie) Hollenbeck of Winter Garden, Fla., and Joseph Hollenbeck of Bonney Lake; sisters Dorothy (Howard) Botts of Black Diamond and Betty Hoffman of Missoula, Mont.; 13 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, two sisters and a grandson.

A celebration of her life is planned for 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 15, at the Black Diamond Community Center, with a luncheon to follow.

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