Marilyn weaves tales in book to fulfil her promise to departed Don

PUBLISHED: 17:00 05 September 2017

Don Holman

Don Holman


An Exmouth widow has written a book of poems, anecdotes and short stories dedicated to the memory her husband Don.

An Exmouth widow has fulfilled the request of her husband who died 12 months ago – to write a book.

Marilyn Holman, 71, has had her first book, ‘Tapestries of Thought’, published in memory of her husband Don, who died last year after a battle with a chronic lung disease.

The book contains anecdotes and poems inspired by her 16 years of marriage with former Exmouth funeral director Don, her two previous marriages and her love for all things outdoors.

Marilyn said that her writing has been a way for her to cope with the death of her husband.

She said: “We were so close – it was a lovely, easy relationship.

“We loved and laughed our way through our 16 wonderful years together.

“We laughed every day about something.

“My little book is not about Don, it’s for him because he would say to me ‘write a book’. I would say I haven’t got time and then he made me promise to write this book.”

Don was evacuated to Exmouth from London during World War Two with two of his brothers.

At the age of 11 he was adopted by the family who took him in and Don joined the RAF as soon as he was able.

During his 12 years in the forces he was part of a RAF display team and took part in the Battle of Crater, which is known as the last military conflict of the British Empire.

When he returned to Exmouth, he set up a building firm and a ceramics business before taking a job a Crews and Sons Funeral Directors.

Marilyn had met Don through his job at Crews and Son while planning the funeral of her second husband Harold Simm in late 1999 after she decided she wanted him to be buried in Exmouth.

Within six months of meeting the Marilyn and Don had tied the knot and were living together in Cheshire Road. They later moved into Littleham where Marilyn currently resides.

Some of Marilyn’s memories of her time with Don as well as her previous husband Harold have inspired her collection of short stories and poems.

There are also poems about nature, Marilyn’s upbringing in a foster home on the Isle of Wight and a naval anecdote inspired by her second husband Harold.

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