Josephine Arredondo Holden

May 24, 1952June 9, 2018
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“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” One of her favorite characters, Winnie the Pooh perfectly captures the feelings of the friends and family of Dr. Josephine Arredondo Holden, who passed away peacefully on June 9th. A San Antonio native, “Dr. Josie” graduated from Highlands HS and attended Trinity University, where she received BA degrees in Psychology and Sociology. She then attended the University of Denver on a Danforth Fellowship, obtaining a PhD in Clinical Psychology and becoming one of the first female, Hispanic, PhD-level psychologists in the world. During her 40 years as a child psychologist, Josie impacted thousands of lives and was widely-known for her compassion for children. Highlights of her career include establishing Barrio Clinic’s mental health component; serving as School Psychologist for Edgewood ISD, San Antonio ISD, and the House of Neighborly Service's KID's PLACE; serving on the John H Wood Charter School Board; and maintaining a robust private practice. Her kindhearted nature – embodied by her love of characters like Pooh and Charlie Brown – belied a fierce determination to advocate for children in need, and she never hesitated to go to battle with teachers, administrators, and even parents if it gave a child a better chance of success in life. Josie’s legacy and spirit will live on in the husband, son, daughter-in-law, grandson, and numerous relatives, colleagues, and clients who survive her. Her husband believes that the entire universe conspired to help him find her. From the moment they met, he loved her. And with never less but that simple, total sense of completion, they loved each other for more than 40 years of life. For the two of them, home was never a place but rather a person: each other. And so it will continue. Her son Alan will always remember his mother’s unconditional love and how she did everything possible to make sure he was prepared for the world. During his childhood that meant planning summers filled with dozens of camps and cheering loudly at every one of his sporting events. As an adult, it meant sending care packages of Big Red and Marranitos across the country so he could have a taste of home, and spending hours on the phone as a confidante. He always felt like the luckiest son in the world. And while Josie had just begun life as a grandmother, her presence will always be felt. Her grandson Jordan’s favorite toys are all things she sent him, and she will live on in the way he is raised and taught to treat those around him. To those who knew her Josie was an angel on earth, fulfilling her purpose by helping those in need. Now, she’ll continue on as an angel in heaven, watching over those she loved and living on through all those whose lives she made better. We will miss her forever, but know she’s never gone. A visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at Sunset Funeral Home, 1701 Austin Highway, San Antonio, TX. A Chapel Service will be held on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 3:00 pm at funeral home chapel with Interment to follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Expressions of sympathy may be made at


  • Visitation Tuesday, June 12, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, June 13, 2018
  • Committal Service Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Josephine Arredondo Holden

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Karla Lloyd

June 15, 2018

Dr. Holden was my mentor and supervisor while I was a school psychologist student intern at San Antonio ISD. I was a young PhD graduate student, new military spouse, and new mom trying to figure out balancing motherhood and professional life. Dr. Holden’s smile, genuine spirit, and love for children allowed me to relax and learn to be the caring and loving person I am while also being a professional who advocates for children. She was the perfect mentor, role model, and has always had a special place in my heart. Her and Dr. Carreon are my 2 professional mamas from afar who I look up to. I will miss you and your big smile Dr. Holden. As I practice School Psychology all the way in Okinawa, Japan still balancing being a military spouse and mother of 2, I carry your poise and loving spirit with me everyday. I love you!

Thank you for sharing your beautiful wife and mother with us. I send my deepest condolences to you during this time.
- Karla Lloyd

Athina Mirelez

June 14, 2018

I first met Dr Josie when I became the lead 2 year old teacher at HNS kids place in 2016. It's always a scary experience starting a new career with people you've never met before but she was the sweetest most genuine person and made me feel right at home. Every time I saw her she had a smile on her face. She will truly be missed.

Sarah Sorola

June 12, 2018

I saw Dr Holden when I was younger and for a child whose only concept of therapy was that there must be something wrong with me, Dr Holden provided a safe place for me to express my thoughts and feelings without feeling ashamed or guilty. I always left our sessions feeling motivated and reassured about what the future held. Without her guidance through that period in my life, I do not think I would be where I am today, living on the other side of the world, stable, independent and confident enough to continuously reinvent myself. How lucky I was to have had her in my life, for even the briefest moment.

Words fail to express the sorrow and my deepest condolences for Dr Holden's loved ones. I hope that you are surrounded by the love and gratitude of everyone who knew Josephine and that the memories of the lives she touched help to ease your grief.

“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.”