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Ellen Holder

Ellen Holder, age 96, of Hollis, Okla., passed away Sunday, August 2, 2020.

Graveside services took place at 9 a.m., Thursday, August 6, at Independence Cemetery at Vinson, Okla. with Rev. Al Mixon, pastor of the Dodson Nazarene Church, officiating. Arrangements were by Adams Funeral Home of Wellington.

Rustin Heflin, Reece Heflin, Mark Robinson and Zach Hightower served as pallbearers.

Ellen was born on April 9, 1924, at her family home in rural Harmon County to Albert and Emma Breedlove Adkins. She married James W. “Bill” Holder on July 21, 1945 in Hollis. He preceded her in death in 2005. She also was preceded in death by her twin sister, Helen McInnis.

A graduate of Vinson High School, Ellen later graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University at the age of 53 with her Bachelor of Science degree in education. She taught school at Arnett and after her retirement, she taught adult education in Hollis where she worked with the prison workforce. Ellen helped many individuals attain their GED.

A member of the First Baptist Church in Hollis, Ellen was active in WMU and led GAs. Prior to that she was a longtime member of the Dodson Nazarene Church where she taught Sunday school for many years. She was a former member of the OM Quilting Club.

Ellen’s survivors include her son Danny Holder and his wife Robbie of Gould; her daughter Nancy Heflin and her husband Rodney of Dodson; four grandchildren, Rustin Heflin and wife Lindsey, Danna Robinson and husband Mark, Reece Heflin and Reagan Hightower and husband Zach; and seven great grandchildren, Campbell and Frances Heflin, Morgan and Charlie Robinson, Jax Heflin and Emma and Maddie Hightower.

The family suggests that memorials be made to the Hollis School Foundation, 16395 Hwy 5, Gould, OK 73554.

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