Molly Elizabeth Holder
Molly Elizabeth (Mahone) Holder passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of her family on March 16, 2014.
She was the daughter of the Dr. M. Wilson and Abbe (Betty) Mahone. She graduated from Hobart High School in 1973. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Centenary College in Shreveport, La. in 1977 and her masters in social work from the University of Denver in 1979. She married her college sweetheart, Larry Holder, in the summer of 1979. They started their family with the birth of their daughter Lauren and added to their family with another daughter, Erin.
She began her career at the former Southwest Community Hospital in south Oklahoma City. She also worked for the Okarche hospital and with hospice in both Madill and Clinton. After choosing to no longer work outside of the home, Molly decided to devote her time to the churches her husband served in El Reno, Wewoka Madill, Clinton, and Mustang. Molly was a lifelong professional volunteer. She enjoyed spending her time participating in several organizations in the various towns she lived in. She also volunteered to lead several organizations her daughters were involved in. She was an active member of National Association of Social Workers, PEO, and Business and Professional Women. Molly was notorious for running on “Molly Time” which was at least fifteen minutes late, but she was “always just in time for the good stuff.” From church dinners to hospitality rooms to concession stands to holiday open houses to meals for family and friends, Molly just loved being in the kitchen. When Molly wasn’t in the kitchen, she was the constant entertainer and always found a way to make people laugh. Over the years, Molly helped raise many of her daughters’ friends. Several of these became more like part of the family. Molly loved music; she could find a song for any occasion. She was always singing or humming along to movies and musicals, much to the embarrassment of her children. She enjoyed spending time with her dogs, reading, going to the theater and sleeping. Her greatest joy was spoiling her granddaughter, Madelyn, like any good “Poopiehead” would do.
She was preceded in death by her father, Dr. M. Wilson Mahone; and one brother, Michael Mahone.
Molly is survived by her husband of 35 years, Larry of Mustang; daughter and son-in-law, Lauren and Dr. Juston Weems of Prairie Village, Kan.; daughter and granddaughter, Erin and Madelyn Holder of Mustang; mother, Abbe Mahone of Oklahoma City; brothers, Dr. J. Kelly Mahone of Hot Springs, Ark. and David Mahone of Oklahoma City; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bill and Jane Holder of Fort Smith, Ark.; two aunts and one uncle; several nieces, nephews and their spouses; many more family and friends; and numerous “children” that she helped raise and treated as her own.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that remembrances be made to New Day Camp, 1501 NW 24th St/, Oklahoma City, OK 73106; to Skyline Urban Ministries (via Mustang United Methodist Church), P.O. Box 180, Mustang, OK 73064 or a charity of your choice.
Memorial services are scheduled for Saturday, March 29 at 2 p.m. at Mustang United Methodist Church, 211 S.H. 152. Services are under the direction of McNeil Funeral Home in Mustang, Oklahoma.