Sara Wilso Holden, nurse and vol­un­teer

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES - — Jacques Kelly

Sara Wilso Holden, a re­tired nurse who was ac­tive in Bal­ti­more County’s fire and po­lice cof­fee wagon, died of lung dis­ease Oct. 20 at her Pikesville home. She was 96. Born Sara Wilso Dove in Birdsville in Anne Arun­del County, she was the daugh­ter of Richard Dove and his wife, Pearl Meade.

She at­tended a one-room school and was a 1936 grad­u­ate of An­napo­lis High School.

She then earned a nurse’s di­ploma at the old Church Home and Hospi­tal on Broad­way in Bal­ti­more. She nursed at the old Pres­by­te­rian Eye, Ear and Throat Char­ity Hospi­tal, Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal and the Keswick Multi-Care Cen­ter.

In 1947 she mar­ried Daniel Holden III. They met dur­ing World War II when she was work­ing at the Bendix Corp. on Joppa Road in Tow­son.

Mrs. Holden was a past pres­i­dent of the Pikesville Women’s Club and the Gar­den Club of Pikesville.

She was also a past pres­i­dent and found­ing mem­ber of Box 234 As­so­ci­a­tion, a cof­fee wagon that serves fire and po­lice field oper­a­tions on the west side of Bal­ti­more County.

She was a gar­dener and en­joyed bak­ing. A seam­stress, she made 17 wed­ding gowns for fam­ily and friends.

She and her hus­band were hon­ored for their vol­un­teer work as team cap­tains pre­par­ing meals at Paul’s Place in South­west Bal­ti­more. She also taught English to im­mi­grant chil­dren in a pro­gram spon­sored by her church, where she was also al­tar guild pres­i­dent.

Ser­vices will be held at 10 a.m. to­day at St. Mark’s-on-the-Hill Epis­co­pal Church, 1620 Reis­ter­stown Road in Pikesville, where she was a long­time mem­ber.

Sur­vivors in­clude a son, Richard L. Holden of Pikesville; three daugh­ters, Anida L. Eng­land of Pikesville, A. Rosella Tay­lor of Wood­lawn and Carol H. Wright of Bel Air; 11 grand­chil­dren; 22 great grand­chil­dren; and seven great-great grand­chil­dren. Her hus­band of 55 years, a Bal­ti­more County Fire Depart­ment cap­tain, died in 2002.

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