Freddie Lee Holt, 89, of Central Point, Ore., passed away June 5, 2012, due to complications resulting from a fall. During her last days, she was comforted and surrounded by family and friends. She passed while in the loving embrace of her daughter, Diane Yarrish.
Freddie was born in Nutters Fort, W.Va., October 26, 1923, to Frederick K. and Lillian Smith Forsythe. Her mother died when Freddie was only four years old. Her father remarried in 1930 to Gertrude Jeffries. Raised in Baltimore, Md., during tough economic times, Freddie learned to appreciate the simple things in life such as pride in her Irish ancestry, a devout sense of patriotism, and love of family and friends. Her early working career was spent in recordkeeping. She moved to Oregon where she married Phillip Forest Holt. They had an automotive repair shop and a well-drilling business in Medford, Ore. She enjoyed bowling, knitting, and volunteer work at the local hospitals. She was known for never forgetting a birthday and always staying in touch with a card or letter. She made friends easily and especially bonded with her caregiver, or "babysitter" as she called her, Marjorie Henry.
She is survived by her daughter, Diane Yarrish (Arthur); her son, Scott (Cathy); grandchildren, Todd (Estelle), Justin, and Travis (Jennifer); and great-grandchildren, Jeremiah,
Benjamin, and Carl.
There will be a celebration gathering Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 11:00 a.m., at Greenbriar Terrace Mobile Estates, 301
Freeman Rd., Club House, Central Point, Ore. After the
celebration a light lunch will be served.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made on behalf of Freddie's grandson, Todd Loye. After a motorcycle accident May 8, 2012, Todd remains in I.C.U. at Providence Medford Medical Center. Donations may be sent to Diane Loye Yarrish, 2378 Happy Valley Dr., Medford, OR 97501. www.memorygardensmortuary.com