Nelson Holden

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Nelson Miles Holden, Jr. was born May 12, 1922 in Brooklyn, N.Y. He graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1943 with a bachelor's of science degree in civil engineering and was confirmed at Robert E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church in 1940. Nelson married Josephine Bland in 1944 and they had two daughters, Jane and Ruth. Immediately upon graduation from VMI he entered active military service for five years, three of which were in Europe during World War II. Following military service he was employed as a personnel management officer with the U.S. Civil Service Commission and the Department of the Army. Nelson and Jo moved to Las Cruces in 1959 and he continued to work for the Civil Service until retirement from White Sands Missile Range. Nelson's life was dedicated to serving his community and church through outreach to those less fortunate. This included founding of El Caldito Soup Kitchen with his wife, Jo as well as helping to launch the St Luke's Health Clinic at Community of Hope. Nelson was an active churchman in the Episcopal Church and served in numerous capacities including local, diocesan and national levels for more than 40 years. Nelson is survived by his wife of 68 years, Josephine and sister, Virginia McGuire of Denver, two daughters, Jane Madrid and Ruth Wiley of Las Cruces and two grandchildren, Virginia Oxford of Las Cruces and Robert Wiley stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C. Memorial services will be held at St. James Episcopal Church Thursday, Oct. 18, at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. James Church are appreciated. Arrangements are with La Paz-Graham's Funeral Home. To send condolences go to www. lapaz-grahams.com.
Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Oct. 17, 2012
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