Marion Hamilton Page Dodge
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Marion was born in Nickerson, Kansas on January 28, 1913 to James Adam and Lola Belle Strong Hamilton. She was the third of six children. When she was 13 months old, her father, a farmer, was recruited along with many other farmers by the Canadian Government to populate and farm the area of Unity, Saskatchewan, Canada. She had many fond memories of her time spent in Unity. The family lived in Canada for 10 years, then moved back to Nickerson, Kansas. In 1923, the promise of warmer weather and a booming economy, lured the family to Los Angeles. In Los Angeles, Marion completed grade school and graduated from John C. Fremont High School in 1931.
Following graduation, Marion worked at the Ross-Loos Medical Clinic, fi rst in the Dietary Department, then working as an assistant for a doctor at the clinic. While at the clinic, she met two lifelong friends, Etta and Rose. They spent their weekends hiking in the mountains of Southern California, trips to the desert to see the wildflowers, attending dances in the growing Los Angeles area and taking the “Big White Steamship” to Catalina Island.
She love to dance and would save her money in order to be able to go dancing with friends. It was on one of those nights dancing that she met and fell in love with Owen Page. He was a “dapper dresser”, he had a car and he had a “really good” job in the middle of the depression. Owen earned $32 dollars a week and she was impressed. Marion used to say that she thought he was rich! They were married six months later on November 23, 1934, the wedding anniversary of her parents.
Marion and Owen had their first child, James Owen in 1938, followed by Carolyn in 1940. In 1940, Owen and Marion began to build their “dream house”. The family moved to Monterey Park, CA in 1941, where Marion and Owen resided for 33 years.
During WWII, Marion volunteered her time with the Red Cross and the local USO. Every year she volunteered her time as offi ce staff for the fundraising organization, Community Chest, and donated her time every time asked by the City of Monterey Park. She was also very active volunteering at Ynez Elementary School, serving a term as PTA president. Marion and Owen both retired in 1974 and fulfi lled their dream of retiring to Grass Valley. Unfortunately, Owen passed six months after moving to Grass Valley, just five months short of their 40th wedding anniversary.
Marion worked for the Telephone Company for 20 years. Soon after moving to Grass Valley, she joined fellow retirees at “The Telephone Pioneers” meetings, which she enjoyed for many years and made many lasting friendships. One member in particular was Elbert (Al) J. Dodge. In 1990 Al pursued Marion and won her heart. They were married the same year. Together they enjoyed traveling and entertaining family and friends. Al was a wonderful man and left us all too soon.
Marion is preceded in death by all of her sisters and brothers; husband, Owen Page; husband, Elbert J. Dodge; and son, James Owen Page.
She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Page; and her dearly loved grandchildren, Lauren Swinney and husband, John of Nevada City, CA; Tom Page and wife, Karen of Vista, CA; Andy Page, and wife, Kelly of Temecula, CA; Jeff Schoeni and wife, Betsy of Monrovia, CA; Melinda Radke and husband, Harry of Roseville, CA; Katherine Hostettler and husband, Daniel of Westerly, RI; Stephen Schoeni of Las Vegas, NV; Kelly Bandy of Whitefi sh, MT; Deborah Reis and husband, Dwight of Carlsbad, CA; and Susan Turner and husband, Ed of Duval, WA.
She leaves 15 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren, all of whom were an important part of her life, bringing her much joy, laughter and most importantly, unconditional love.
She is deeply missed by all of her family.
We truly appreciate Dr. Winnie Loesch for her excellent care that honored Marion’s last months of life.
We would like to thank Hospice of the Foothills for their support and counseling in the last weeks of Marion’s life.
The family is deeply touched by the truly wonderful care provided to Marion by the staff members of Wolf Creek Care Center. While all the staff is dedicated to the care of the most vulnerable persons, we would like to thank the following staff members: Teraysa Hinson, RN, Crystal Delgado, CNA and Luke Sunzero, CNA for their compassionate care and genuine concern for a lady we all loved very much. You gave us peace and comfort in knowing that she was in your care. You advocated for her comfort and exhibited such care and kindness in all your tasks that we will forever be grateful to all of you.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Barbara Schmidt Millar Foundation or the American Cancer Society.
Please join us in a celebration of her life, October 20, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 1886 Ridge Road, Grass Valley, CA. A reception will follow.
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