Wilma Holden

April 24, 1942 - January 3, 2012
Wilma Holden

Wilma Holden Holden of Leland, NC, died on January 3, 2012 at
The Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter after a very brief battle with brain cancer.

She was born on April 24, 1942 to parents Woodie & Edgar Holden (both deceased) in Supply, NC, where she grew up and went to school.

After working twelve years at Wendell Elementary, she spent the next two decades enriching lives at New Hanover Medical Group working in the front office. There she spread her gospel of goodwill to each and every face that ventured in the door. Her presence in the community there is legendary.

Wilma wished to be remembered as the mother of Becky (deceased) and Laura Gray, the wife of Don Holden, the sister of Mary Lou Dance & the sister-in-law Elmer Dance, the mother of Mark Holden & the mother-in-law Sharon Holden, the grandmother of Megan Chamblee, Zachary & Miles Holden, the aunt of Cathy Harmon & Jim Dance (deceased).

Services conducted by the Reverend V. C. Potter & Rabbi George Holland at Wrightsboro Baptist Church, 2736 Castle Hayne Road, Wilmington, NC 28401 will be held Saturday, January 7th, 2012 at 3:00pm.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, Wilma wished that donations be made to The Lower Cape Fear Hospice, at 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC, 28401.

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Wilmington Funeral and Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099.


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  • January 05, 2012
    Sheila Lippard says:
    To Wilma's family, I wanted you to know what a special person Wilma was to me. I have known her for over 10 years and she has been a dear friend to me in so many ways. She was such a positive influence on me as I battled breast cancer and she could always make me laugh with her every single time I saw her. I just thought the world of her and will miss her beautiful smiling face so much. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • January 04, 2012
    Graves Lewis says:
    Wilma was one of the most enjoyable people we have ever known. No matter how busy she was, she would take time to show her sincere concerns for any and every person that came in the doors of NHMG. It made no difference what race, religion, rich or poor. She was always the same sweet person even when she did not feel up-to coming to work that day. I know we speak for hundreds of friends when we say: There will never be another Wilma Holden! Sincerely, Virginia and Graves Lewis

  • January 04, 2012
    Brenda Chandler says:
    Dear Mary Lou & Family, I was so very sorry to hear of Wilma's illness and now her death. She was a joy to know, always smiling with a welcoming hug. She will be missed but is now safe in the arms of God.

  • January 04, 2012
    Mavis Lehue Cheers says:
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Loved Wilma, Even on your worst day she made it all better with that contagious smile of hers. She will be missed by all who knew her. She is resting now in the arms of god. Know I will be praying for you all..

  • January 07, 2012
    Debbie Jewell says:
    I had the pleasure of working with Wilma for the past 14 years. Mere words cannot express how much she touched my life and my heart. She always had a way of making me smile when I was having a bad day. Wilma will always hold a special place in my heart. May you rest in peace my dear friend.