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Articles written by Janis Holt

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  • Marguerite Noel Downing March 7, 1928 - June 18, 2023

    Janis Holt, Daughter of Marguerite Noel Downing|Sep 21, 2023

    Marguerite drew her final breath just less than a year after her husband Jim drew his. She is survived by her children Janis Holt, Ken Downing and Pamela Noel Hughes, seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Marguerite grew up in Mentone, California. She attended the University of Redlands before transferring to the University of California at Santa Barbara where she met Jim, who sold her a pair of shoes and didn't let her walk away. They were married for 72 years. Marguerite earned...

  • Jim Downing, Former Teacher at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica, Dies at 93

    Janis Holt, his daughter|Jul 15, 2022

    My father, Jim Downing, has passed away. He taught science and social studies at Lincoln Junior High for many years. He was very active in the Santa Monica community throughout the years he lived there. James Richard Downing was born on January 17, 1929 in Bakersfield California. He passed away on June 28, 2022 in Santa Barbara, California. He was a devoted husband, father, educator, camper, world traveler, naturalist, volunteer, and real estate developer. While studying for his BA at UCSB, he...