Services honoring the life of Virginia Patricia Holden will be held 10:30 AM Saturday, May 15, 2021 at the Rivercrest Chapel in Bixby. A luncheon will follow in the Great Room. Visitation will be held from 4-7 PM Friday, also at Rivercrest. Virginia passed away Monday morning, May 10, 2021 at her home in Norman. She was 95 years old.
Born at home February 26, 1926 in Berryhill, Virginia was the daughter of William Roland and Myrtle Anna (Keyser) Wier. Like most children during the Great Depression, she grew up in a house with no electricity and made a daily trip to the creek for their family’s bucket of water. Virginia played basketball competitively while attending Berryhill High School.
Virginia was introduced to Frank by mutual friends on a blind double date at the age of 17. Frank proposed to her that same night! Only 23 days later, the couple married on Christmas Eve in 1943. They spent almost 60 wonderful years together when Frank preceded her in death in 2000.
A dairy farmer’s wife, Virginia could outwork any man from sunup until sundown. She helped milk cows in the barn, canned, sewed, and helped her husband raise cattle, chickens, and even pigs. Virginia even spent a lot of time riding her “green” tractor in the fields. They began their farming operation on a small farm near Mingo Road - eventually expanding their enterprise by purchasing a larger farm in Wagoner County where they raised their children. Virginia and Frank spent most of their retirement on a small acreage in Broken Arrow.
Virginia was employed by Saint Francis Hospital for over 25 years. She was promoted to the position of catering cook at the end of her tenure there in the 1980’s. Virginia was extremely talented and loved catering for the sisters, the executives, and the physicians at their special events at Saint Francis.
Virginia’s personality was known to be quite bold. She had a strong opinion about most any matter, however, she was very sociable and made friends with people very easily. Virginia was always genuinely concerned about everybody she encountered. She enjoyed basketball, cheering for the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Oklahoma Sooners during every game.
Church and the various ministries she served were a constant part of Virginia’s life. A wonderful mother, she was actively involved in the PTA, a Sunday school teacher, a cook for the youth groups at Falls Creek, and loved to go shopping with her best friend, Veda Knoche. Virginia was even known to sing in a quartet and spend countless hours quilting through the years. She was also known to be a wonderful grandmother to so many people - including many that did not have a grandmother. An enormous host of family and friends will not soon forget the beautiful life lived and the “big hugs” given by Virginia Patricia Holden.
Virginia downsized her residence in 2017 when she moved to Norman near her immediate family. Her mind remained sharp until the end, remembering every one of her grandchildren and great grandchildren’s birthdays.
Survivors include her daughter, Patricia Stanton; her son, Kenneth Holden (Cheryle); her grandchildren: Larry Stanton (Wendi), Jr. Steven Stanton (Susan), and Mark Stanton (Angela), Nathaniel Holden (Kelly), Michaela Jennings (Jesse), and Andrew Holden (Chelcee); her great grandchildren: Steven Stanton, Brent Stanton, Brendan Stanton, Aryana Stanton, Kyriel Stanton, Atkins Welch-Stanton, Asher Holden, Ezekiel Holden, Cadence Mesa, Carter Holden, and Beckett Holden; and two great-great grandchildren, Noah and William Stanton.
Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, Frank R. Holden; her brother, Everett Wier; and sister, Daisy Fitzgerald.
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