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Jean A. Holladay

Holladay, Jean A. 7/2/1912 ~ 1/18/2013 ESCONDIDO -- Jean was born to Ernst and Lucy Bareuther in Aurora, Illinois. After high school she attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. She worked for Morris and Davidson Advertising Agency and later opened her own commercial art studio in downtown Chicago. She married Frank Svoboda and they had two children, Judy and Frank. They lived in Lincolnwood, IL for 12 years where Jean was a homemaker and stay-at-home mom. In 1952 the family moved to Escondido and bought land which they developed into a chicken and avocado ranch and built a beautiful home. Escondido's population was about 6,000 and they enjoyed the small town friendly atmosphere. Frank died in 1967 and two years later she married Bob Holladay, a widower with five children. Bob was interested in developing gold mines so they moved to Sheridan Montana where Bob pursued his dreams and Jean expanded her horizons. Bob belonged to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and Jean was baptized in that faith and was very active in the church. With Bob's encouragement she took lessons and became an accomplished water color artist. During the next 35 years she sold hundreds of paintings. Jean and Bob moved several more times as mining opportunities arose and Jean continued to paint. She showed in galleries in Tubac and in Mesa Arizona. She was the Arizona state president of the National League of American Pen Women, a group consisting of artists and writers. She also served as president of the Artistic Merit Committee of the East Valley Cultural Alliance in Mesa. Bob died in 2008 and Jean returned to her Escondido home where she lived with Judy and her husband Dick. She was blessed with good heath until the last two weeks. Jean was pre-deceased by her brother Ernest Bareuther and by her step-son Rick Holladay. She is survived by her children and step-children, Judy Beckstead, Frank Svoboda, Pamela Townsend, Rob Holladay, Melinda Overton and Lore Nygren. She is also survived by 31 grandchildren, 55 great-grandchildren and three great-great- grandchildren. Services will be held Saturday, January 26th, at l0 a.m. at the LDS Church at 2255 Felicita Road, in Escondido.


Published in U-T San Diego on Jan. 24, 2013
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