MISSOULA – Edith L. Holman, 89, of Missoula, passed away of natural causes Sunday, July 24, 2016, at home with her family at her side.
She was born Sept. 14, 1926, in Pueblo, Colorado, to Donna and Hayden Gentry. Her father left her and her sister when they were little girls. Her mother, Donna, then married Howard Allison. As a young girl, she lived on a ranch in Wyoming on the Powder River. The family later moved to Charlo, where she attended grade school. Edith graduated from a Catholic boarding school in Missoula.
On Aug. 10, 1946, she married Martin Holman in Missoula. They stayed here for the remainder of their lives.
She was a member of the Moose Club, Amvets Club and a lifetime charter member of the World War II National Memorial.
A loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she loved music, dancing, roses, the mountains and life. She had a quick sense of humor and her laughter lifted us all.
She was preceded in death by her first mother, Donna Allison; husband, Martin Holman; great-grandson, Tanner Holman; and grandson, Lance Holman.
Survivors include her sons and their families, Arthur (Camille) of Kennewick, Washington, Donald (Patty) and Ronald of Missoula, and Wade (Carol) of Minot, North Dakota; one daughter, Onida (Ken) of Missoula; one sister, Mary Ellen Nicholson of Moorcroft, Wyoming; 13 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and 2 ½ great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home with Chaplain Dan Dixson officiating. A reception will follow at the funeral home.
Special thanks go to her personal caregivers, Crystal Burrows, Kyle Flint and Onida Flint. Also, a special thanks to her newfound friends, Chelsea Chafee, Gwen Carté, Chris, Joe (R.N.) and Mia (MSW) from hospice. Also, special thanks to grandson Michael Holman for paying for the obituary.
Edith’s last wish was for donations to go to Hospice or Partners in Home Care in Missoula.