Evelyn Bernice Holdren

—Evelyn Bernice Holdren, 92, died Jan. 16, 2017, from age-related causes. She came into the world Dec. 20, 1924, to parents Phil W. Alborn and Dorothy M. Alborn (Brown) at 3:30 a.m. She was born at home in Kettle Falls, Wash., with what we imagine was the same determination she carried through her life. She was raised in Washington and Oregon, and spent some time in California. In her 20s, she met and married Richard Robert Holdren. On Dec. 13, 2016, they celebrated 68 interesting and fairly actionpacked years together. They raised their family in Indian Creek, Harrisburg, Junction City and Mapleton. Evelyn’s adventurous spirit and sense of humor permeated her life with her accomplice in life, Rich. The duo enjoyed scuba diving, hiking, camping, hunting, canoeing and extended trips to Mexico and Alaska. During the last several years, they relocated from John Day to be closer to family in Florence. Evelyn made diverse career choices that included working in a shipyard, working as a cook in her uncle’s logging camp, bookkeeping, and homemaking. Her most enjoyable career, however, was her volunteer ministry, which took place over a 67-year course. When possible, she would dedicate most of her week to Bible education work where she assisted many and formed many friendships. Her devotion to her Creator was at the heart of her volunteer work and the focus of her life. She stayed strong in her faith of the Bible’s promises for a beautiful future. She was grateful for her family, whom she adored, and we long for the time we can see her again. She is survived by her husband, Richard Robert Holdren; son Philip (Marie) Holdren; daughters Dorothy Tison and Katherine (Jess) Bliss and Madeline (Roger Smuin; 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great-grandchildren; many in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Sarah, and brother, Robert. There will be a memorial service Saturday, March 11, at 3 p.m., at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Florence. The family would like to thank Evelyn’s caregivers and those that gave their support throughout the challenges she faced. Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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