Marion J. Voorhees AUGUST 26, 1925 – AUGUST 4, 2017 Marion J. Voorhees passed away quietly in the early hours of August fourth at the Eastern Plumas Health Care in Portola. Marion Jacqueline Ingraham Voorhees was born August 26, 1925 in Muskegon, Michigan to Marjorie and Richard Ingraham. She was the first child of five and the only girl. Her oldest brother, Charles, preceded her in death, and she is survived by her other brothers, Dick, David, and Bill Ingraham.
Her parents moved a couple of times before settling in Napa, her childhood home. As a teenager, her parents bought her an old cello which Marion played most of her life. In her second childhood, after retirement, she played the cello with the Carson City Community Orchestra for many years, as well as small gigs around the area. Marion completed nurses training in Tacoma, Washington, in 1946. In late November that same year, at 21, she secured a position as staff nurse at the Walker River hospital in Schurz, NV. There she met and married her husband, Kenneth J. Voorhees. After traveling to several locations, the two settled in Sierra Valley in the early fifties. Marion had spent many fun summers in the Lakes Basin with her family as she was growing up, so it was natural to return to the area when the couple was looking for a place to raise a family. After living in Calpine, they homesteaded two acres in Sattley where they raised 12 children.
Marion worked as a nurse in several locations including the Loyalton and Portola hospitals before retiring. She hiked for the American Heart and Lung Associations, collecting donations before each hike. Later she hiked portions of the Pacific Crest Trail on short treks that lasted from days to weeks. She was always planning her next adventure.
During the 1950s and 1960s, Marion and Kenneth raised horses which were used in their dude string at the Canyon Ranch Resort in Sierraville. In the fall, they took the horses to winter in Schurz. The kids were enlisted as riders, and the whole family set off for a cross country adventure. It was a memorable time as the kids rode through a snowstorm, escaped a scorpion invasion while camping, and splashed in a hot springs pond in Wobuska, NV, before reaching the reservation.
Marion was a fearless adventurer. She took her children to the World’s Fair in Seattle in 1960, to the big city of San Francisco in 1968, and drove along Highway 1 to see the Trees of Mystery and sights along the way. Those are only a few of the trips which she embarked upon through the years.
Marion is survived by her 12 children: Kenny Voorhees of Maple Valley, WA, Carroll Voorhees (Teresa) of Newport, WA, Jacqueline Rickard (Lanny) of Athol, ID, Wayne Voorhees of McCall, ID, Margie Voorhees of Sattley, Dennis Voorhees (Sharon) of Blanchard, ID, Perry Voorhees (Cindy) of Quincy, Virginia Nash of Reno, Adell Lacy (Larry) of Schurz, Sherry Nickerson of Schurz, Tami Forth of Reno, and Roxie Holben (Tony) of Sparks. There are numerous grandchildren and greatgrandchildren who will miss her generous love and spirit for adventure as she spent many days teaching about nature as they hiked the mountains of Sierra County and beyond.
Marion was interred in Schurz on Saturday, August 12. Her life was celebrated at the Calpine Community Center.