Karen Beth Holt, age 54, lost her battle with cancer, passing away Tuesday, June 18, 2013 in Acampo surrounded by her loving family. Karen was born in St. Paul, MN on March 31, 1959, a daughter of Barbara Maxine (Dreier) and Eugene Armie Kruschke.
Karen attended San Jose State University graduating in 1982 with her Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Studies. It was during a Chemistry class in 1978 that she met Patrick Holt; the two would later skip class to play Frisbee, the relationship was sealed. Karen and Patrick were married on December 18, 1982 in San Jose. Patrick and Karen would live in Fort Bragg where Patrick had established a home for them. Fort Bragg is where they would raise their two children and would call home for the next 13 years. At age 29 Karen was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma cancer, undergoing extensive chemo treatments but beating the disease. Karen decided then that she wanted to devout her life to helping others with illnesses and/or ailments, so off to college she went again. In 1994 she graduated from Fresno State University with her Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy. Karen's passion for serving grew and she founded Valley Springs Physical Therapy which she owned and operated for years. Karen's desire to nurture others was only surpassed by the love she had for her family. She enjoyed riding her beloved miniature horses on the cart trails with her daughter, Kymberly.
Karen is survived by her husband of 30 years, Patrick Holt of Acampo; parents, Eugene and Barbara Kruschke; daughter, Kymberly Holt of Elk Grove; son, Chris Holt of Acampo; sister, Diane Gilbert, of Clovis, CA; brothers, Terry Kruschke, of San Jose, CA; Steve Kruschke, of Pleasanton, CA. She is also survived by her gang of miniature horses and Psymon her Arabian.
Friends are invited to attend a celebration of life on Friday, June 28, 2013, 10:30 AM at Daneri Mortuary Chapel, 415 Broadway, Jackson, CA. Inurnment will take place at the Garden of Trees, Sunset View Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made in the name of Karen Holt to Stanford Cancer Institute, Develop-ment Services, PO Box 20466, Stanford, CA 94309.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.danerimortuary.com
and signing the guest book.