OBITUARY

Lois JoAnn Holden

February 2, 1929March 26, 2021
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Lois JoAnn Holden, 92, passed peacefully on March 26, 2021 with her loving granddaughter by her side.

Lois was born in Cleveland, Ohio on Februray 2, 1929 to Ruldolph Metter and Joanna Schonauer Metter. She married Henry Raymond Holden Jr. in 1948 and was an exceptional woman and a wonderful, loving wife, mother and grandmother. Lois enjoyed entertaining her family and friends with songs of love and humor. She would fondly read stories and poems to all that listened. She most enjoyed gatherings with her family and friends whether in their homes to play games or during her travels. Lois is preceded in her journey to be with her Lord by her loving husband, parents, and sister, Jeanne McDonald.

Left with many memories to cherish are her sons, James M. Holden, Timothy R. Holden (Myrna), Mark W. Holden (Joyce); daughter JoAnn M. Powell (Herb); eight grandchildren; six great grandchildren; brothers William Metter (Pat) and Larry Metter (Barb); and numerous nieces and nephews.

Lois and her family extend a special "thank you" to her caregivers Emma, Gloria, Linda and the wonderful team at Comfort Care.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 pm, Wednesday, March 31, at Smith & Williams Funeral Home, Kempsville Chapel. A service will follow after visitation at the funeral home with the burial proceeding to Rosewood Memorial Park.

  • FAMILY

  • Henry Raymond Holden Jr., Husband (deceased)
  • James M. Holden, Son
  • Timothy R. Holden (Myrna), Son
  • Mark W. Holden (Joyce), Son
  • JoAnn M. Powell (Herb), Daughter
  • William Metter (Pat), Brother
  • Larry Metter (Barb), Brother
  • Ruldolph Metter and Joanna Schonauer Metter, Parents (deceased)
  • Jeanne McDonald, Sister (deceased)
  • Lois is also survived by eight grandchildren; six great grandchildren; brothers William Metter (Pat) and Larry Metter (Barb); and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021

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OTHER SERVICES:

  • Interment

Memories

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Maxine Lewis

April 12, 2021

Condolences to Joann and the family. I remember the times , I would stop by Mrs. Holden's room at Province Place of Depaul to say hi , we always had some fun gossip to share. She was a funny, caring person , who loved to share her tasty treats , and play cards. . I remember when Joann and some friends would stop by and engage in a friendly card game Lois enjoyed it so much.

Lillian Parisher

March 30, 2021

I certainly have a lifetime of memories of Auntie Lois, but in recent years I have especially enjoyed making memories with her during our card parties. Her game of choice was Michigan Rummy. When we would play at her house she always cooked wonderful meals and desserts. She loved to cook and entertain! When she moved to the assisted living facility it became our custom to either go out for a meal before or after our card playing and always have a little dessert while at the card table. During one of our dinner/card parties we discovered an Italian bakery and we all bought special desserts and shared them. However, Auntie Lois got a chocolate eclair and she was not excited about sharing, so she got one to take home to have all to herself as well as the one she would share. After that I always knew that I could brighten her day by bringing her one of those chocolate eclairs. She loved meeting people so several times when I had friends visiting from out of town I would bring them with me to one of our card parties, knowing that Auntie Lois would welcome having a new person to talk to and entertain with stories, jokes and songs. This picture was taken when I brought a young college student who was visiting from China to one of our card parties. I will definitely miss my visits with Auntie Lois, but am grateful to have so many fond memories of fun times together.

Laurie Holden

March 29, 2021

God Made
This Day for Me
by Edgar A Guest

Jes' the sort of weather and jes' the sort o' sky
Which seem to suiit my fancy, with the white clouds driftin' by
On a sea o' smooth blue water. Oh, I ain't an egotist,
With and "I" in all my thinkin', but I'm willin' to insist
That the Lord that made us humans an' the birds in every tree
Knows my special sort o' weather an' He made this day fer me.
This is jes' my style o' weather - sunshine floodin' all the place,
An' the breezes from the eastward blowin' gently on my face.
An' the woods chock-full o' singin' till you'd think birds never had
A single care to fret 'em or a grief to make 'em sad.
Oh, I settle down contented in the shadow of a tree,
An' tell myself right proudly that the day was made fer me.

Laurie Holden

March 29, 2021

Florence Nelson

March 29, 2021

Loved to hear Lois talk About everything! I really loved her!

Meagan Powell

March 29, 2021

Ewa Karweta

March 29, 2021

Grandma always had jokes to share. My favorite one was this:

Why did Mr. and Mrs. Skeleton not have kids?
Because he had a Halloween-ie.

Nancy Gunter

March 29, 2021

JoAnn and family, I will miss your mom so much. I am Blessed to have so many years of wonderful memories. I can remember her love of singing and how she loved to play card games. I will remember her laugh most of all. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you all!!
Nancy

Meagan Powell

March 28, 2021

One of Grandma's favorite by Edgar A. Guest

The Cookie Jar

You can rig up a house with all manner of things,
The prayer rugs of sultans and princes and kings;
You can hang on its walls the old tapestries rare
Which some dead Egyptian once treasured with care;
But though costly and gorgeous its furnishings are,
It must have, to be homelike, and old cookie jar.

There are just a few things that a home must possess,
Besides all your money and all your success -
A few good old books which some loved one had read,
Some trinkets of those whose sweet spirits have fled,
And then in the pantry, not shoved back too far
For the hungry to get to, that old cookie jar.

Let the house be a mansion, I care not at all!
Let the finest of pictures be hung on each wall,
Let the carpets be made of the richest velour,
And the chairs only those which great wealth can procure,
I'd still want to keep for the joy of my flock
That homey, old-fashioned, well-filled cookie crock.

Like the love of the Mother it shines through our years;
It has soothed all our hurts and has dried away tears;
It has paid us for toiling; in sorrow or joy,
It has always shown kindness to each girl and boy;
And I'm sorry for people, whoever they are,
Who live in a house where there's no cookie jar.

Meagan Powell

March 28, 2021

Another one of Grandma's favorites by Edgar A. Guest

Ma and Her Check Book

Ma has a dandy little book that's full of narrow slips,
An' when she wants to pay a bill a page from it she rips;
She just writes in the dollars and the cents and signs her name
An' that's as good as money, though it doesn't lock the same.
When she wants another bonnet or some feathers for her neck,
She promptly goes an' gets 'em, an' she writes another check.
I don't just understand it, but I know she sputters when
Pa says to her at supper: "Well! You're overdrawn again!"

Ma's not a business woman, she is much too kind of heart
To squabble over pennies or to play a selfish part,
An' when someone asks for money, she's not one to stop an' think
Of a little piece of paper an' the cost of pen an' ink.
She just tells him very sweetly if he'll only wait a bit
An' be seated in the parlor, she will write a check for it.
She can write one out for twenty just as easily as ten,
An' forgets that Pa may grumble: "Well, you're overdrawn again!"

Pa says it looks as though he'll have to start in workin' nights
To gather in the money for the checks that mother writes.
He says that every morning when he's summoned to the phone,
He's afraid the bank is calling to make mother's shortage known.
He tells his friends if ever anything our fortune wrecks
They can trace it to the moment mother started writing checks.
He's got so that he trembles when he sees her fountain pen
An' he mutters: "Do be careful! You'll be overdrawn again!"

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Biography

Lois JoAnn Holden, 92, passed peacefully on March 26, 2021 with her loving granddaughter by her side.

Lois was born in Cleveland, Ohio on Februray 2, 1929 to Ruldolph Metter and Joanna Schonauer Metter. She married Henry Raymond Holden Jr. in 1948 and was an exceptional woman and a wonderful, loving wife, mother and grandmother. Lois enjoyed entertaining her family and friends with songs of love and humor. She would fondly read stories and poems to all that listened. She most enjoyed gatherings with her family and friends whether in their homes to play games or during her travels. Lois is preceded in her journey to be with her Lord by her loving husband, parents, and sister, Jeanne McDonald.

Left with many memories to cherish are her sons, James M. Holden, Timothy R. Holden (Myrna), Mark W. Holden (Joyce); daughter JoAnn M. Powell (Herb); eight grandchildren; six great grandchildren; brothers William Metter (Pat) and Larry Metter (Barb); and numerous nieces and nephews.

Lois and her family extend a special "thank you" to her caregivers Emma, Gloria, Linda and the wonderful team at Comfort Care.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 pm, Wednesday, March 31, at Smith & Williams Funeral Home, Kempsville Chapel. A service will follow after visitation at the funeral home with the burial proceeding to Rosewood Memorial Park.