Margaret Ann “Marge” Combs
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
It is with deep sadness that we inform you that our sister, Margaret Ann “Marge” Combs, died on Sunday, December 1, 2019.
Marge was a faithful companion as her husband, Braxton, served the Roselawn UMC in San Jose; Sunnyhills UMC in Milpitas; as minister of Adult Education and Counseling at First UMC Palo Alto; Central San Francisco UMC; as associate pastor at Temple UMC in San Francisco; and as pastor at St. Francis UMC in San Francisco, Holy Cross UMC in Stockton, and Heavenly Grace UMC in Millbrae, before retiring in 1988.
Marge lived a life of deep faith and true service, with a heartfelt mission to share the love of God. She was an excellent cook, seamstress, and artist. Marge and Braxton enjoyed traveling and visited more than 25 countries, including international ministries in France, Wales, Mexico, and England. She was a champion of women’s and human rights, a lifelong member of the Order of the Eastern Star, president of the board of Planned Parenthood of San Joaquin County, and worked with the Stockton Peace and Justice Coalition.
She is survived by her children, Lindy Combs of Stockton, CA; Annie Combs-Brooks of Los Angeles, CA; Mary Combs of Aptos, CA; and Lee Combs of Stockton, CA; and by five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Condolences may be sent to Lindy Combs at 2321 Franklin Avenue, Stockton, CA 95204.
The memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 2 p.m. at Holy Cross UMC, Stockton. Rev. Gary Pope-Sears will officiate.
Gifts in memory of Marge may be designated for Children of Hope, a ministry for disabled children in Uganda, via Holy Cross UMC, 1200 W. Hammer Lane, Stockton, CA 95209.
Let us continue to give God thanks for Marge’s life and witness and hold her family close in prayer. In our living and in our dying, we belong to God! (Romans 14:8)
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño