Ula Marie Holt, 94, of Broken Bow, Neb. passed away Thursday, April 1, 2021 at Brookestone View in Broken Bow.
Ula was born to Herschell and Stella Mae (Hammons) Martin on April 19, 1926 at a farm home in Gibbon. They lived in Nebraska for approximately two years, moving to Torrington, Wyo. where they worked in the sugar beet fields.
Stella died May 8, 1934. Ula was brought back to Nebraska two weeks later to live with her mother's sister, Mary Ann (Annie) Pendleton and her husband, Ed.
Ula Marie was united in marriage to Virgil Holt on April 4, 1945 in Denver, Colo. They lived south of Arnold in Lincoln County in a sod house. They were parents to three sons, Raymond, Ronald Virgil and William. Farm life was not friendly to Virgil causing allergies.
They moved into Arnold in 1954. Throughout their lives they were involved in Cub Scouts and 4-H with their sons.
Ula developed a knack of decorating cakes. She baked and decorated countless wedding and birthday cakes throughout the years. Many a funny story were told of the mishaps occurring during the delivery of those cakes and setting them up.
Virgil went to be with the Lord on Dec. 31, 1972. Ula Held many jobs after Virgil's death. She was employed by the Connor family caring for their two children Marcia and Brad and the local bakery. She was also a cook at the Model Café. She was truly the best "Chicken Fryer" around.
She began working at BD in Broken Bow and was employed for 14 1/2 years, retiring in 1981. She held numerous small jobs around Broken Bow to occupy time after retiring.
Ula accepted the Lord and was a member of the Baptist Church in Arnold until moving to Broken Bow where she became a member of the E-Free Church. She was an active Sunday School teacher at both churches. She was proud of her relationship with God.
Throughout her life she enjoyed the company of many four-legged friends and was happy when they occupied her lap. Crocheting and knitting took up a lot of her time as she sat watching TV. Her daily devotions and Bible verses were the beginning of her day followed by a crossword puzzle. She remained active in these activities until the last few years of her life as her ability to stay focused wandered.
She resided at Off Broadway in Broken Bow and spent many hours in the gazebo watching and listening to birds. She moved to Brookstone View after a fall. She loved her time there and truly enjoyed giving the staff a hard time. She continued to love her birds and a feeder was always present outside her window. Her smile and laugh will be missed by many.
She enjoyed the visits from her family. She loved her grandchildren and had the opportunity to become a great-great-grandmother.
Ula is survived by her three sons, Raymond (Karen) Holt, Virgil (Jeri) Holt and Bill (Sheryl) Holt; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; Marcia (Connor) Hill and Brad Connor who were very dear to her; and many other family and friends.
Memorial services will be Friday, April 9, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at the Evangelical Free Church in Broken Bow with Pastor Tim Peterson officiating. The service will be livestreamed at www.govierbrothers.com
Inurnment will be in the Arnold Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to Brookestone View of Broken Bow. A register book may be signed at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow whom are in charge of arrangements, or an online guest book may be signed at www.govierbrothers.com
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Published by Custer County Chief from Apr. 5 to Apr. 11, 2021.