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GIRARD On Sunday, May 13, 2012, God sent his angels to the bedside of one of His precious children, Velma Lois Holden, 85, to escort her in transition to her heavenly home, surrounded by her loving family at Northside Medical Center.
Velma was born Aug. 28, 1926, in Alexandria, La., a daughter of Isaac and Olivia Hovell Alexander, coming to this area as a young adult.
She was a 1944 graduate of Gilbert Academy High School in New Orleans, and attended Meharry Medical College School of Nursing in Nashville.
On June 19, 1948, Velma was united in marriage to the love of her life, Dr. Henry Holden Sr. and to this union three children were born. For many years, she worked alongside of her husband, who was a Doctor of Internal Medicine, as his office manager.
She was a member of the Centenary United Methodist Church, a dedicated member of United Methodist Women, and member/past president of the Womens Auxiliary of Mahoning County Medical Society. She enjoyed reading, traveling, music and above all, taking care of her beloved family.
She leaves to mourn her passing, but rejoice in her peace, her devoted husband of 63 years, Dr. Henry Holden Sr.; three children, Rosalinde (Clifford) Smith of Woodbridge, Va., Henry (Pamela) Holden Jr. of Girard, and Michelle (Anthony) Robinson of Ft. Washington, Md.; six grandchildren, David (Joan), Brian (Raynetta), Trey (Minerva), Olivia, Henry III and Lydia; five great-grandchildren; and a host of cousins, other family and friends.
Friends may call Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.