SANTA CRUZ — More than a century after her public suicide on Pacific Avenue, the lore of Marie Holmes’ young life has a new chapter.
A man hiking recently off Bonny Doon Road near Davenport found the 21-year-old English woman’s white headstone, taken from Evergreen Cemetery, where she was buried in 1898 after, as the tale goes, ingesting carbolic acid to end a despairing life. He had first seen it in 2005, but only decided this year to go back for it.
“I was five yards away from it and couldn’t see it,” Sibley Simon, head of a cemetery restoration committee, said as he described being led to the discovery site by the hiker. “We were so lucky he was there and found it.”