Mildred "Mickey" Holt

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Mildred "Mickey" Holt
May 22, 1934 ~ July 28, 2018
Mildred "Mickey" Holt was born to Lee and Opal Hart in the small town of Swartz Creek Michigan, May 22, 1934. At a very young age, she contracted scarlet fever, and nearly died. This planted the seed for her lifelong love of medicine and healing. In high school she had a counselor who encouraged her to apply to the nursing program at Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital (now Rush University) in Chicago. Since her family could not afford medical school for her to become a doctor, this was the best fit. For the next three years she spent six weeks in class, then six weeks working, graduating in 1955. Soon after graduating, she was promoted to Assistant Head Nurse in obstetrics, where she loved helping deliver and care for newborns.
Not long after, she met the love of her life, Jack Holt, a dental student at the University of Illinois. While he was finishing dental school and dragging his feet to propose, she took a job with United Airlines and had the Los Angeles route, and served many a movie star. Over a pay phone call, Jack called to propose, but ran out of money. She had to call back to give her answer. They were married June 28, 1958 and shortly after Jack joined the Air Force, where they were stationed in France for three magical years. After returning to the states, they settled in the small town of Modesto, with a population of 36,000 in 1964.
Jack started his dental practice and she started her long career at Doctors Hospital. They decided to start a family, and after several miscarriages, they adopted Lee, and then Steven. After taking many years off to raise the kids, she was asked to come back as Recovery Room Nurse when they set up the surgery center in the Glass Tower. This was her dream job where she had one-on-one care with her patients. Years later, a back injury ended her career. Though she had a forced "retirement," it did not stop the nurse in her from caring and helping others. Bridge playing now became a full time activity, where many people knew her as "Doctor Mickey" for her willingness to answer medical questions. Mickey overcame many obstacles health wise, but always showed great strength in her challenge with chronic pain.
One of her greatest joys in life was her grandaughter, Grace. In June, Jack & Mickey just celebrated 60 years of marriage. Tragically she was involved in an auto accident on July 27th, and passed away hours later.
Please join family and friends in the Celebration of her life on September 29, 2018 at 1 pm at Centenary Methodist Church located just off McHenry. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the nursing scholarship at her alma mater she supported, at Rush University Medical Center for Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing Endowed Scholarship Fund.Memorial gifts in her name can be sent to Rush University Medical Center, 1201 West Harrison St., Suite 300, Chicago, Illinois 60607or visit http://rush.convio.net/mholt.
The family would like to thank everyone, who over the years has been a part of Mickey's life, and all the love and support everyone has shown in her honor.
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Published in the Modesto Bee from Sept. 16 to Sept. 26, 2018
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