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Surrounded by her husband and family, Lillie Mae Holst passed away at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia on March 27, 2014. She was 89 years of age.

Mrs. Holst was born in St. Joseph, Mo., on Sept. 17, 1924, the daughter of Louie Wesley and Mary Editha (Blakley) Nation. She grew up in Weston, Mo., and lived there until 1942, her senior year of high school, when her family came to Howard County. She finished high school in Glasgow. There she graduated with the Class of 1942 and met the love of her life, Dewey A. Holst. They were married on Sept. 4, 1945, in Kelso, Wash., where Dewey was stationed at nearby Portland Oregon Air Force Base.

Before returning to rural Howard County several years ago, the couple had made their home in Kansas City for many years. Before becoming a full-time homemaker, she worked for Sears, Roebuck & Co. as a stenographer for the Heating and Cooling Engineer. She was also an active member for 43 years of the Belmont Christian Church where she served as Board Secretary and Sunday School treasurer. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, having served as Worthy Matron of Blue Valley Chapter #2, O.E.S. in Kansas City.

Lillie Mae loved her home and loved cooking, baking, caring for children, her church work, and keeping their home a lovely place where her daughter and grandchildren loved to visit for her special baked treats. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She will be sincerely missed by all her loved ones and friends.

Along with her husband, Mrs. Holst is survived by one daughter, Vinita Schmitt of Fayette; five grandchildren; Bruce (Deven) King, Aaron (Brandy) King, Krystal King, Julie Barton and Jaclyn Barton; five great-grandchildren, two sisters; Augusta Morris and Lola Smith, and by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  

She was preceded in death by two infant brothers and by her brother, George “Sonny” Nation.
Services were held at 3 p.m., Sunday, March 30, 2014 at the First Christian Church in Fayette, with Rev. Paula Ritchie officiating. Visitation was one hour before the service. Burial followed the service at Richland Cemetery, south of Glasgow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to First Christian Church, in memory of Lillie Mae Holst, in care of Friemonth-Freese Funeral Service; 174 Highway 5 & 240 North; Fayette, Mo. 65248.

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