Mrs. Holden was a resident of Dexter and attended the First Baptist Church in Dexter. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
She was united in marriage to Verlin Dempsey "Demp" Holden on Sept. 19, 1946, in Pocahontas, Ark. Mr. Holden preceded her in death on March 27, 2012.
Survivors include three sons, Bill Holden, Stephen W. Holden and wife Mary Kay, and Timothy Ray Holden and wife Julie, all of Dexter: two daughters, Geneva Diane Garrett and husband David, of San Antonio, Texas and Terri Rene Morgan and husband Robert, of Dexter: 16 grandchildren and their spouses, Jamie and Johnny Manees of Dexter, Andrew and Amy Holden of Dudley, Natalie D. and Edward A. Riley II of Dexter, Stephen Ryan and Lindsay Emelio Holden of Dexter, Alexa Atkinson of Dexter, Brian David and Betsy Garrett of Olathe, Kansas, Bradley Holden Garrett of San Antonio, Texas, Geoffrey Phillip Garrett of San Antonio, Texas, Jason Lee and Cristi Jo Comfort of Dexter, Joshua S. Comfort of Dexter, Shelly Renee and Wade Wingfield of Henderson, Ky., Jennifer M. and Quinton Stone of Henderson, Ky., Amy N. and Kip Lemons of Dexter, Robert J. Morgan Jr. of Essex, Tyler and Jeannie Holden of Dexter and Chance Holden of Dexter: 23 great-grandchildren, Austin Manees, Alexis Holden, Camden Lewis Riley, Avery Catherine Riley, Amelia James Holden, Emma Kay Pennington, Phillip Montgomery Garrett, Maci Jo Comfort, Cali Celeste Comfort, Jase Holden Comfort, Clair Paige Comfort, Wyatt Riley Comfort, Charlie Katelyn Comfort, Jessica Crawford, Jonathon Wingfield, Issac Wingfield, Ava Stone, Eli Stone, Addyson Atherton, Aslyn Lemons, Kylee Morgan, Taylor Morgan and Ashton Holden.
Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Paul Yates, John Yates and Earnie Yates; also by three sisters, Helen Brackney, Alberta Hamm, and Verla Clark.
Visitation will take place at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday June 28, 2012. Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, June 29, 2012, at 10 a.m. in the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter. Interment will follow in the Dexter Cemetery.
Memorial may be made to the Alzheimers Association, 9370 Olive Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri 63132.