As of Tuesday, September 4, 2018
GRANGEVILLE The first time that Ellamae Brown of Emmett, Idaho, caught the eye of Jerry Holes of Grangeville, Idaho, was when she was passing by his Boise State dorm room window. Luckily their paths met again during the first snowfall of that winter.
Over a steaming cup of hot chocolate, they began their life of many rewarding experiences and a few challenges to keep life interesting.
Their 60 years of marriage started in Emmett on Sept. 13, 1958, right before heading up to college at the University of Idaho. While completing their bachelors at U of I they had their first daughter, Jeri Mae.
They eventually both began their teaching careers in Mountain Home, Idaho, where Ray and Carol were born. They later moved to Grangeville where they continued teaching for a few more years.
Eventually they took over Jerry’s family business, Ray Holes Saddle Co. and Ray Holes Leather Care. After selling both these businesses they both had more time to enjoy their hobbies of golf, travel, art, and especially spending time with their nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Through the years they have belonged to many organizations in Grangeville at different times. They both felt lucky to raise their family here and wanted to give back to the community they loved. Jerry has belonged to the Elks, Lions, Toastmasters, Idaho County Fair Board, North Idaho Development Council,, etc. Ellamae has belonged to Central Art Association, Soroptimist, PEO, Camas Choristers, etc.
To celebrate their upcoming 60th anniversary they took a trip to Hawaii earlier this year. The immediate family had a gathering during Border Days to commemorate this special occasion.