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Audrey J. Holland

Feb 6, 1935 - Jul 26, 2019

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Not enough words to describe my gratitude for having all the family and friends surrounding Audrey these last few months. Thank you is a start

It amazes me how my mother nurtured all of us kids to adulthood while becoming a professional in all these fields: musician; educator; business manager and volunteer. Mom showed nothing but love and support while we navigated our lives. Mom will always be in my mind and heart, which gives me comfort. I also smile, between the tears, that...

I didnt get to see Audie very often after we graduated from high school because I moved away from Colorado. When we had reunions it was so much fun to get together again. When I read her obituary I was impressed with all she had accomplished.
She didnt talk about all the wonderful things she did in her life.
I am happy I was one of her friends. I will miss her and her emails. Mary Noe Pollock

"She touched my heart!"

Audie was part of our "extended family" for as long as I can remember. Mom considered her to be one of her three best friends since her childhood school days - Audie, Carol, Merna, & Barb. The other three were always a head taller than Audie...but she always had the most energy. It was so delightful to listen to them visit and laugh.
I know these three were waiting in Heaven to welcome her home! Karen - she always talked about what a blessing you were in her life. Thank...

Sante Fe, NM

Homecoming Queen 1950

I love you mom!! You are greatly missed. Karen


Audrey's Obituary

“Audrey J. Holland, age 84, of Denver, a retired teacher, died on July 26, 2019. She was born in Colby, Kansas on February 6, 1935 to Veda Buchheister Bachman and Albert J. Bachman. She was a 1952 graduate of Greeley High School and graduated from the University of Denver in 1963 with a BA in Elementary Education.

In 1954, she married Tom MacCluskey and had two great children, Karen S. MacCluskey of Denver and Philip M. MacCluskey of Lansing, Kansas. In 1964, she married Dean Holland and gained three great stepchildren, Diana Holland, Kathie Baratta, and Philip D. Holland, all of Denver.

During the 1950’ and 60’s, she was a vocalist with the Dean Bushnell Jazz Orchestra. She played piano and organ professionally.

During the 60’s, she taught First Grade and Reading Maintenance & Improvement at Philips Elementary School in Denver. She developed the first Learning-Resource Center at the school, organizing and encouraging parents in the community to assist student in reading and math. In the late 60’s, she was one of ten Denver Public School Teachers nominated for Teacher of the Year award.

In 1971, she managed the family office supply and equipment business, Bachman’s, Inc, until it was sold in 1975. The business, originally located at 820 10th St and later at 1303 8th Ave, opened in 1945. She taught court reporting at Denver Academy of Court Reporting from 1982 until she retired in 1997. For 15 years, she published textbooks containing material for dictation, which were used by court reporting schools in the US and Canada. She was a Certified Reporting Instructor (CRI).

Audrey belonged to the national Court Reporters Association, Delta Omicron Pi and Delta Phi Delta Sororities.She is survived by ALL her children and grandchildren, step children and grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers or donations, please take the time to do something special with your children or loved ones.”

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