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Patricia Ann Holt Obituary
Patricia Ann Holt, known as Pat or Tish to her friends, passed away on Friday, November 22, 2013 in Costa Mesa, California after a lengthy illness. She was 70 years old.

Tish was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on March 10, 1943 to Junius Minor Holt and Helen Elaine Kibler. Her competitive spirit was evident from the beginning, as she beat her twin sister, Susan Elaine Holt, into the world by three minutes.

Her family moved to Calion, Arkansas when she was young; she attended Norphlet High School, graduating in 1961 in a class of 34, many of which she stayed in contact with throughout her rich life. One of her classmates presciently inscribed, "…you'll make a wonderful teacher..." in her senior yearbook.

Tish received a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Centenary College of Louisiana in 1965, and after a brief stint in El Paso, Texas moved to Southern California, where she lived thereafter. She became a well-known resident in the Belmont Shore neighborhood of Long Beach, and although she became a Californian, she never lost her Arkansas roots.

She began teaching in the Cypress School District in 1967 and retired in 2004. During that time, she developed a network of friends comprised of students, families of students and co-workers that would rival the most ambitious of social butterflies. Coupled with the vast set of connections from her high school and college days and extended family, she established a group of close relationships that lasted decades and gave her endless happiness.

Tish had an enthusiasm for children that can only come from someone that has never had any of their own. Not only did she make a positive impression on countless students, but she was an eager and doting surrogate grandmother for her grand niece Isabel and grand nephew Jacob after her sister passed away in 1998.

Tish had a selfless devotion to others that manifested itself in daily random acts of kindness and a willingness to help out others that is uncommon today. But nothing typifies this spirit more than the dedication she showed to her sister Susan during her long and difficult illness. Words can't describe the personal sacrifices she made to help Susan during that time.

People that are the most at peace in their lives are those that do what they truly enjoy, and align their lives around what is truly important to them. She lived in peace, and will rest in peace.

She touched many lives in memorable ways, and will no doubt be fondly remembered by a circle of family and friends that stretches across generations and geographies. To the end, she maintained her larger-than-life heart, smile and personality that many were fortunate to experience.

Tish is survived by a niece, Dana Daniel of Snohomish, Washington and a nephew, David B. Daniel, husband of Jami Rochelle Daniel, and their children Isabel A. Daniel and Jacob W. Daniel, of McLean, Virginia as well as a large network of Holt, Kibler, and Dutton cousins. Her dear and devoted friend Kathy Abler was a constant and caring companion during Tish's illness.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff at Silverado Newport Mesa for their dedication and support to Tish during the time she was a resident. A private ceremony celebrating her life is being planned. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to www.nokidhungry.org or . Please sign the guestbook
at www.presstelegram.com/obits.
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Dec. 1, 2013
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