OBITUARY

Christina Donahue Holder

June 29, 1943February 16, 2021
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Christina (Tina) Donahue Holder, 77 beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and aunt, died peacefully at home Tuesday, January 16, 2021 due to complications of dementia. She was surrounded by loving family and friends at the time of her death.

Tina was born June 29, 1943 in Houston to Don and Christina (Chris) Donahue. She was predeceased by her parents. She is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Dale Holder, her daughter Christina, her son Kevin and his wife Diana, her five grandchildren, Rylee, Caden, Duren, Tatum, and Dex, all of whom live in Austin, and her sister Kate Campbell.

Tina and Dale met as teenagers in high school in Houston. Tina attended both Texas Tech and the University of Texas at Austin. Tina and Dale dated through college, and they were married in Houston on June 3, 1965 (Tina 21 and Dale 22), a few days after Dale graduated from UT Austin. Dale took a job in Houston where they lived until Dale was drafted into the Army. Dale was assigned to Yuma Proving Ground, a dessert environmental station for testing munitions and weapons. In September 1968 Dale was discharged, and took a job in Los Angeles working for an oil pipeline company. Tina and Dale lived in Los Angeles until the early 2000’s when Dale retired and they moved back to Austin. Both of their children were born in California. Since returning to Austin, Tina and Dale have had a rich and rewarding life with a wonderful family and many dear friends.

Tina was loved by all who knew her. She was very intelligent with uncommonly good judgment. She had a wonderful sense of humor and a sharp wit that could be disarming to the unsuspecting. She was the matriarch of her family, providing sage counsel and a guiding morality. She was a life master contract bridge player, and a gifted interior designer whose vision led to the design and construction of our beautiful Austin home. She went to work as a secretary and administrative assistant for a technology company, subsequently acquired by Hewlett Packard, where Tina rose to the position of Senior Human Relations Manager. She had impeccable integrity professionally and personally.

But Tina’s real hallmark was the love she had in her heart. She loved babies, children, and animals. She had great empathy for the underprivileged and disadvantaged. She served on the Board of Directors for Imagine A Way, an Austin charity that serves autistic children. Most of all she deeply loved her family, her husband, her children, and her grandchildren. Family was unquestionably her top priority. She always placed the needs of her family above her own. All who have known Tina have been truly blessed to have her in our lives. She will be forever missed.

Her legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of everyone she interacted with as well as those she reached but never met. In lieu of flowers, please help her kindness, loyalty, and compassion continue by making a donation to Imagine A Way or to help fund Alzheimer’s research.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, February 26, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, February 27, 2021

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Jessica & Doug Cash

February 24, 2021

Dale & Family,

We are deeply sorry to hear about Tina's passing. As you grieve, we grieve with you. Please know that we are remembering and honoring her for she has touched so many lives, including our own, with her kindness and generosity through Imagine A Way. Please accept our deepest condolences during this difficult time. Praying for peace and comfort for you and your family.

Anat Adi-Atias

February 23, 2021

Dale, Christina and Kevin!

My heart is shattered to pieces💔. I deeply mourn Tina’s departure. When I think of Tina I see the twinkle in her eye when she spoke of her beloved family and adored adventurous trips together. The sense of humor. The genuine care for others. The smile that lit up a room. The most kindest soul. 😇

Dale, your admiration to Tina could be seen for miles. Your caregiving through the last couple years are to be applauded. You are a true “Mentch”. 🎖

Blessed that our paths have crossed.
I will always cherish Tina’s memory. 🙏🏻

I love you so very much!

PS - my favorite pic from your 50th wedding anniversary 💕

Theresa Hornung

February 22, 2021

Dale- our family has been deeply impacted by Tina's love and dedication. We are mourning with you and sending love and peace to your family. I hope your holding each other tight and celebrating Tina's legacy.. Our deepest condolences. Much love- The Hornungs

Jake and Stephanie Langi

February 22, 2021

We are so sorry to learn of Tina’s passing. We wanted to express our sympathy and condolences. We are so grateful for her dedication, energy, and efforts with Imagine A Way which blessed our sons life immeasurably and so many others. Her legacy will live on through all the Imagine A Way children. God bless you and your family.

David & Raina Ellis

February 21, 2021

Dale & Family,

Please accept our deepest sympathy during this time. May God provide you with His peace that passes all understanding. We are thankful and blessed because God chose you and Tina to show His love to families like ours through service with IAW. May you and your family find comfort in knowing the joy we are fortunate to experience seeing our child be successful on a daily basis is a testimony to Tina’s selfless generosity.

Blessings,

David, Raina & Clay Ellis

Amy Hamand

February 21, 2021

Dale and family, I am deeply sorry for your loss. Tina was a beautiful woman with a beautiful heart. My family will be forever grateful for all she did to help the families of Imagine A Way. Tina leaves an incredible legacy that will continue blessing families like mine. God bless all of you.

Erin (Kitty) O'Neill

February 20, 2021

Dear Dale, I know you are devastated and I am in sympathy with you, Love. This transition we go through is desolate and life-altering like nothing which has gone before. I am so very sorry.
Love,
Kitty

John Bassler

February 20, 2021

Dale, I'm very saddened to hear this news. The inevitability of our leaving this world doesn't make it any more bearable when it affects people you care about. And I care about my SBHS classmates, and wish my life's twists and turns hadn't made it impossible to stay in closer touch with more of them. As you grieve, know that your friends are sharing your grief.

Best wishes,
John Bassler

Iris Sawyer

February 19, 2021

So sorry for your loss. Unfortunately, we are all getting older. Rest In Peace.

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