Nelda Beatrice (Walker) Holt

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Nelda Beatrice Walker Holt, 94, passed away in her sleep early Friday morning, May 11, 2018. She was born in Bovina, TX on April 18, 1924, to I.E. and Jenny Walker. Her collegiate aspirations at MacMurray College in Abilene, TX were interrupted by the advent of World War II, whereupon she began employment at a munitions factory. She later met and married Jay Francis Holt on January 25, 1946, in Refugio, TX, eventually settling in Pittsburg, KS. In time, she earned both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Pittsburg State University. When the family moved to Wichita, she began working as a reading specialist for USD 259, and finished her career at WSU teaching reading practicum and methods. She is preceded in death by Jay, her beloved husband of nearly 72 years; and survived by her 5 children: David Holt (Brigit), Rebecca Holt (Paul Phariss), Nell Ellsaesser (Larry), Lou Nelson (Linn), and Ruth Johnson; 19 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren. Above all else, our mother was the quintessential "homemaker," and excelled at everything that term implies. As the granddaughter, daughter, and sister of Methodist ministers, she lived her life in accordance with her spiritual underpinnings, which included love, faith, kindness, respect, and perseverance. Her demeanor always radiated hope and happiness. She was a staunch defender, patiently admonishing our shortcomings while never failing to promote our capabilities. Even the more rebellious of us found that there was simply no way to escape her love. Most of whatever good can be found in us stems directly from her care and influence. We all loved her dearly, are completely indebted to her, and have been wildly blessed with having her with us for these many years. She will be profoundly missed. She was, without qualification, one of the greatest mothers who ever lived.
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Wulf-Ast Mortuary - Garden Plain
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Garden Plain, KS 67050
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Published in The Wichita Eagle on May 15, 2018