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    - Priscilla Holton Howick
  • "May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow."
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    - Nancy Dschida
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    - Bob Leopold
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    - Wayne Dodd



Gainesville - Dorothy Rose Lanier Holton, age 86, passed on to be with our Lord Jesus Christ, July 15, 2014, in Jacksonville, Florida. Dorothy was born June 13, 1928 in Zolfo Springs, Florida, to Tricky L. and Virgie M. Lanier.

Dorothy received her Registered Nursing degree from Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Florida where she also met and married her husband, Joseph N. Holton. Dot and Joe lived and raised their children in Gainesville, Florida where she was active in many organizations including Christian Women's Club, Gainesville Women's Club and the American Orchid Society. Dorothy was an ordained deacon and active member of First Baptist Church Gainesville.

She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Joe, her brother Milton Lanier and her brother Shelton Lanier.

Dorothy is survived by son David J. Holton (Colette) and their two children Jessica Tipler (Andrew) and Heidi Holton; son Daniel L. Holton (DeAnn); daughter Priscilla R. Howick (Bradford) and their four children Bradford, Stephanie, Jordan and Peyton; Daughter Melanie Garretson and her three children Samuel (Jennifer), Tyler and Chelsea; great grandson Jasper Garretson and great granddaughter Annabel Tipler. Dorothy is also survived by her sister Nila Vae Morris.

The Tribute of Love and Memories will be held on Saturday, July 19, 2014, 11:00a.m. at First Baptist Church (14105 NW 39th Ave) Gainesville. Interment will follow in the Forest Meadows Memorial Park West (County Road 241) Gainesville. Viewing will be held on Friday, July 18, 2014, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Forest Meadows Funeral Home (725 N.W. 23rd Avenue) Gainesville (352) 378-2528. An online guestbook is available at

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Forest Meadows Funeral Home and Cemeteries
725 NW 23rd Avenue Gainesville, FL 32609
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Published in Gainesville Sun from July 16 to July 17, 2014
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