Marilynn Marie Holmes (Knutsen)

March 29 1929 — August 1, 2020


Marilynn Marie Holmes passed away peacefully on August 1, 2020 with her loving son Kurt Holmes by her side at home in Port Townsend.

She was born in Los Angeles, California on March 25, 1929. Her parents were Harold and Marguerite Knutsen. She spent most of her young life in Lost Angeles with her best friend Carol Christie. Marilynn was an accomplished musician and music teacher. She performed with an assortment of musicians such as Nat King Cole, Lawrence Welk, Harry James, Artie Shaw, Miles Davis and John Coltrane. She was also an accomplished accordion player and taught many children the accordion in the 40s and 50s in Los Angeles. In 1966 she and her husband John Holmes moved to Port Townsend with their two sons Kurt and Mark.

She worked as an office manager here in Port Townsend at Alaska Power and Telephone Company service Southeast Alaska until her retirement in 1976.

She loved to travel later in life and also loved to purchase homes, fix them up and then move on to another project with her husband John who at one time was a Special Needs and Vocational Educational Teacher here in Port Townsend and Chimacum. She also loved to shop and enjoy time with her daughter-in-law Marcia Holmes. she liked so say Marcia was the daughter she always wanted, and reminded her son Kurt of that on several occasions. She also took great comfort and lover from her Persian cat Miss Princess Brighton Bling Bling.

Marilynn was preceded in death by her parents Harold and Marguerite, husband John, son Mark and her daughter-in-law Marcia. She is survived by her son Kurt Holmes, grandson Justin Holmes, granddaughter Brianne Horbatko, great-grandson Cash Holmes and great-granddaughter Gwynneth Horbatko.

In memoriam please donate to either The Hospice Foundation of Jefferson County or Habitat for Humanity.

At Marilynn’s request there will be no services.


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