In Loving Memory…

Mary Ann Holden

Mary Ann Holden, 85, of Sedalia, passed away Saturday, September 22, 2018, at Sylvia G. Thompson Residence Center.

She was born March 31, 1933, in Pettis County, MO, daughter of Frank Jackson and Jewel Catherine (McCutchen) Yeater.

On June 26, 1951, in Mountain Home, AR, she married James H. Holden, who preceded her in death on June 10, 2005.

Mary Ann graduated from the first class of the LPN program at State Fair Community College in 1969. She earned her RN degree from Lincoln University in 1972. Later she earned a B.S. in Education from CMSU in 1985. She worked at Bothwell Hospital as the head nurse in the nursery and later in infection control. Then she was a community nurse at the Pettis County Health Center until she retired. Her hobbies included cooking, gardening and sewing. Her embroidery work won a couple awards at the Missouri State Fair. She was known for her crazy quilt stockings. She loved her West Highland Terriers.

Surviving are five children: Susan Holden, Beth Ann Cole, of Shenandoah, IA, Kate Holden, of Colorado Springs, CO, MJ Calise (husband, Dana), of Ridgefield, WA, and James Holden, of Sedalia; six grandchildren: Ryan and Andy Casserly, Scott and Sara Cole, Lauren Rose, and Chloe Holden Newell; and nine great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Linda Rhoads.

A private family ceremony will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Crossroads Hospice.

Cremation arrangements are in the care of Heckart Funeral Home.


  1. Jim and family, so sorry for your loss. Prayers of comfort for you all.

  2. Mary Ann and I met many years ago through our work. She a home health nurse and I was a geriatric social worker for Division of Aging. She was a wonderful person and a good nurse. I send my condolences to her family!!!

  3. Oh my i don’t even know how to describe how amazing this woman was. I took care of her at Sylvia’s for several years. And it was a joy to come in in the morning to her sweet face. Her personality was the best. Such a caring soul always asking how I was doing. And when I’d come back from being off a couple days she would want me to tell her everything I did and how it went. She always expressed genuine concern for anyone who seemed to be going thru something and was a selfless giving person. I truly loved this woman. My condolences to her family.

  4. Dear Holden Family, please accept my sincere sympathy and prayers upon Ann’s passing. And know she is in the palm of His hand for all eternity. Fondly, Pam

  5. Susan (Snapp-Gerken) McMannama

    Katy and family, So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers for your family. I learned so much from your mom at the hospital. She was a wonderful nurse with lots of compassion and caring and a good person .

  6. Mary Jo,
    Our condolences for your loss, you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    On behalf of the St. Paul’s Lutheran Class of 1962, and the Smith-Cotton Class of 1974.

  7. She was a great nurse and a dear lady. She will be missed. My sympathy to her family.

  8. Patty Miller Estes

    To the Holden Family:
    I have many fond memories of you all as we grew up on East Tenth Street in Sedalia. Your mother, Ann, was a very special lady who made this world a better place. Please accept my sympathy at her loss.

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