Sara Wilso Holden, nurse and volunteer
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.