Marjorie “Marge” Wakemup Holmes, 79, Nett Lake, passed away on Thursday, July 23, 2015,
at Essentia Health- St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth.
She was born Marjorie Alice Wakemup on January 2, 1936, in Nett
Lake; to John and Mabel (Soreyes) Wakemup. She grew up in Nett Lake,
was married to Axel Holmes for many years, and
where she raised her family. Among many of
her passions in her life, she counted her jobs as
school aide, being a member of the Local Indian
Education Committee, the Johnson O’Malley
Committee and ENP (Early Nutrition Program)
Coordinator as the most important. She was a
member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa and
also worked at the Nett Lake Police Department
for many years.
Marge’s family fondly recalls that she enjoyed
beading and had enough beads and supplies to
stock a store, liked “sneaking” to the casino and
playing bingo, and of her persistence in playing
Dr. Mario and Pac Man.
She was an expert at sewing and quilting. She
enjoyed watching “Lets Make Deal”, “Price is
Right”, “Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune” with
her grandson. She especially liked River Dance
and Celtic Thunder. Marge gave her love of
reading to many of her children and grandchildren.
She loved visiting her many relatives and friends.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death
by 3 brothers, Ralph, John Jr. and Frank Wakemup;
and 2 sisters, Vera Belt and Susan Sullivan.
Marge is survived by her favorite children-
Mildred Holmes, Marian Holmes, Vera (James)
Branstrom, Victoria (Raymond) Villebrun, Axel
Holmes Jr., Charles Holmes Sr.; former husband,
Axel Holmes; 1 brother, Roger Wakemup; 1 sister,
Alice Wakemup; 18 favorite Grandchildren, 8
favorite Great Grandchildren; numerous favorite
nieces, nephews, great nieces & nephews, greatgreat
nieces and nephews, and many, many
favorite cousins.
SERVICES: Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM
Tuesday, July 28th, at the Nett Lake Government
Center, where visitation will be after 6:00 PM
Monday. Rev. Kevin Land will be the officiant.
The casket bearers will be Nolan Littlewolf,
John Littlewolf, Dave Chavers, Aaron “Supe”
Villebrun, Andrew Branstrom, and Cole Potter.
The honorary bearers will be Dana Wakemup,
Chuck Holmes Jr., Wendell Hoagland, Mike
Connor, David Morrison Sr., Floyd Morrison and
John Day. Interment will be in the Nett Lake
Cemetery. Arrangements with Mlaker Funeral
Home in Cook. To sign the online guestbook,
or send a condolence to the family, go to: www.
mlakerfuneralhome.com.