Brenda Lou Holden, surrounded by her loving family, felt the warm embrace of the Lord on Friday, July 30th at the age of 79. She was born August 25, 1941 in Kenton, Ohio to Robert and Lucile (Hord) Deerwester. Brenda married James Myers in 1959 and they have two daughters, Lori and Lisa. She then married William Holden in 1985 at St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Findlay, and they would have been married 36 years this November. Brenda was a 1959 graduate from Kenton High School.
Brenda is survived by her husband Bill of Findlay; daughters, Lori (Dan) Eaton, Lisa (Christopher Casati) Ford, both of Findlay; step-daughter, Inga Marie of Swanton. She was blessed with 7 grandchildren, Dana, Carly, Grant, Clay, Logan, Malynn, Miranda; 1 step-granddaughter, Amber; and 5 great-grandchildren. In addition, surviving are her siblings, Mark (Debbie) Deerwester, and Kristi Harp, both of Kenton; brothers-in-law, John Ramge, John (Gabrielle) Holden; sisters-in-law, Karen Hasselbach, and Linda (Lanny) Piper; along with many nieces and nephews. Brenda was preceded in death by sisters, Sondra Bell, Mona Ramge; an infant brother; and an infant granddaughter, Kayla; and brothers-in-law, Jim Bell, George Harp, and Bill Hasselbach.
Her greatest joy in life was being with her family and spent a lifetime sowing and cultivating the love in her family which has grown and flourished to surround her. Some special memories her family will hold forever are, decorating Christmas cookies, having campfire breakfasts at the park, tubing at Madriver Mountain, many hiking adventures, and last but not least, many sleepovers. To each grandchild, she wants to say, “Remember me as loving you.”
Brenda always put others before herself, which carried over to her volunteer work. She volunteered about 18 years at the Nearly New Shop through the Blanchard Valley Hospital Auxiliary, where she made many new good friends. She would help prepare and serve meals at the Salvation Army, and delivered Meals on Wheels at 50 North without hesitation. Brenda and Bill even collected and delivered furniture and supplies to Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina.
She and Bill traveled extensively throughout the United States, frequently by motorcycle, with family and friends. They also enjoyed wintering in Florida, taking family fishing trips to Canada and Lake Erie. Brenda loved to play cards and you would often find her playing with her card clubs, family, and friends.
She and Bill enjoyed all of life to the fullest. They were members of St. Andrews United Methodist Church, and currently in Rawson, OH at New Hope United Methodist Church. She was a former member of Salem Cass United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school, helped with Vacation Bible School, and funeral dinners. There were some favorite restaurants, and they still enjoyed new destinations like, New York City and the dinners there with Dana, Chicago with family for nice restaurants, and the Apollo Theater for “Million Dollar Quartet.” There were so many places Brenda wanted to visit, but still her favorites are Tavern at the Inn and Biaggi’s in Perrysburg. Love you Brenda, always.
Brenda was a very hard worker, being employed with Merry Time Nursery School (she always enjoyed working with children), Board of Elections, and Ohio Bureau of Employment Services, which she retired from after 26 years.
Brenda was a very strong woman. In 2016, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She took the treatments one day at a time. She showed her family how to handle adversity with faith, strength, and determination.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the many friends and family that lifted them in prayer. To Orion Cancer Staff for their dedication to Brenda, and the Bridge Hospice Care Center nurses and doctors for their wonderful care which helped provide a peaceful and dignified end to a beautiful life.
Friends and family may visit on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 from 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. at HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500). A continued visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 4th from 10-11 a.m. at New Hope United Methodist Church, 209 N. S. Main St., Rawson, OH 45881, with funeral service starting at 11 a.m. with Pastor Scott Johnson and Pastor Gregg Fox officiating. Interment will follow in Wolf Creek Cemetery, Kenton, OH. Memorial contributions in Brenda’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital or Cancer Patient Services of Hancock County.
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