Vivian Dell Holder

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Vivian Dell Holder

SHREVEPORT, LA - Vivian Dell Holder, 74, peacefully entered her Heavenly Home on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at The Oaks of Louisiana in Shreveport following a courageous battle with cancer. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 22, 2012 at First Baptist Church in Shreveport with Dr. Jeff Raines and Rev. Ronney Joe Webb officiating.

Vivian was born October 1, 1937 in Ruston, Louisiana. She was preceded in death by her parents, John Isaac Holder and Inez Holder Colvin, a brother, Virgil Green Holder, and sister, Mary Holder McGuire. She is survived by two sisters, Lucy Spillers and husband Lamar of Choudrant, and Helen Nelson and husband Glen of Minden, brother-in-law Oliver McGuire of Westlake, sister-in-law Leaneda Holder of Newellton, six nieces, two nephews, five great nieces, and eight great nephews.

Vivian was a graduate of Ruston High School, Louisiana Polytechnic Institute, and LSU Library School. She was employed by several public libraries in North Louisiana before going to New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary to earn degrees in Theology and Religious Education.

In 1968, she was appointed to serve as a missionary by the Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. Vivian served for thirty years as librarian in seminaries in Switzerland, Liberia, West Africa, and Hong Kong. She served additional short-term assignments in the Philippines and Thailand.

Since her retirement in 2001, Vivian has lived in Shreveport where she was an active member of First Baptist Church. She adopted Operation Christmas Child as a year-round ministry and has filled many shoe boxes for children overseas. She especially enjoyed an inspiring and educational mission trip to Guatemala. On several occasions, Vivian attended Emeritus Weeks for Missionaries at Ridgecrest in North Carolina, which were very special to her.

Vivian was a caring person, always striving to help others. She became a blood donor at the age of sixty-five and continued for several years. It was her desire that when her life was over, her body be given to medical education and research through LSU Medical Center.

Memorials may be sent to WMU Foundation, 100 Missionary Ridge, Birmingham, AL 35242, First Baptist Church Shreveport, or Samaritans Purse: Operation Christmas Child or Children's Heart Project.

Published in Shreveport Times on June 21, 2012
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