Sarah Savilla Holt, 90, died May 18, 2007, at her home in Baker City.
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Her funeral was at 10 a.m. today at Coles Funeral Home. Vault interment was at Mount Hope Cemetery. Friends joined the family afterward for a reception at Geiser-Pollman Park.
Sarah S. Bowman Holt was born on May 29, 1916, at Pendleton. She was the second to the youngest of six children born to Charlie Felix and Luetta McCartney Bowman. Growing up, Sarah lived at Pendleton, Medford and Weiser, Idaho. After high school, she went back East and studied nursing and cared for her aunt at Englewood, Ohio, for 16 years.
On a bus trip going to San Francisco traveling back to her aunt’s place at Englewood, Sarah met Orville Holt, a soldier in the U.S. Army. They corresponded by letters for two years before Orville completed his time in the service.
Sarah and Orville were married on June 25, 1952, at Englewood. In 1956, after Sarah’s aunt died, she and Orville moved to Baker City where they raised their three boys.
Sarah worked for 40 years at The Salvation Army and another 10 years at the old Blue and White Cafe.
She was “a real sweet and cheerful lady who loved everyone,” her family said. She enjoyed quilting, crafts and fishing.
She was preceded in death by Orville, her husband of 48 years, who died in 1990.
Survivors include her three sons, Charles Holt of Baker City, Timothy Holt of Helena, Mont., and Toby Holt of Baker City; five grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, May 24, 2007
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor