Alice Irene Holder|
November 3, 1930 ~ April 8, 2014
Alice Holder died early Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at Overlake Hospital after suffering a stroke. She was 83 years old.
Alice was born in Rockford, Illinois, on November 3, 1930, the third child of Alice I. Paulson and Henry J. DeJong. A graduate of West High School, Rockford, Alice set off to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she majored in French. While there, she met the love of her life, Leonard G. Holder, on a blind date. They were married after her graduation in 1952, and resided in Ann Arbor while Len finished his senior year. Their first daughter Mary was born the night Len took his last final exam, and two months later the new family moved to Seattle, Washington, where Len began his life-long career with Boeing and Alice managed things at home. They first lived on Capitol Hill, but later moved to the East Side (Lake Hills). She gave birth to three more children, Martha, Michael, and Louise.
Alice was a charter member and active participant in her faith community at St. Louise Catholic Church, singing in the church choir for years and ministering with the Legion of Mary. She and Len were long-time members of the Seattle Chorale, with whom they sang some of the great choral works in concert with the Seattle Symphony.
Once the children were launched in school, Alice attended the University of Washington to earn a teaching credential in foreign language. She taught French at Sammamish High School for several years. A highlight of her life was a trip to France in 1972 during which she navigated the language competently and gathered many great stories for class lessons.
More recently, Alice, always an avid reader, digested books on American and European history and world leaders, with special interest in the Civil War and World War Two.
Leonard died suddenly in 1996. Shortly thereafter she moved from the family home to Silver Glen in Bellevue, where she enjoyed many friendships and served on the board.
Alice is survived by her sister, Mary Joan DeJong of Issaquah; her four children Mary Holder Naegeli (Andy) of Walnut Creek, CA, Martha Householter (Dennis) of Morton, IL, Michael Holder of Redmond, and Louise Holder of Kirkland; and by six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother Henry DeJong and grandson Joel Householter.
A Mass of the Resurrection will be held at St. Louise Catholic Church, Bellevue, on Monday, April 14, at 11:00 a.m. Inurnment at Sunset Hills Memorial Park will be private.
Published in The Seattle Times from Apr. 11 to Apr. 13, 2014