Fahoma Frances Ladd Holder, 97, of Amarillo, died Valentine’s Day, 2012.
Following a private burial, a memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with the Rev. Thacker Haynes of First United Methodist Church in McLean officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Fahoma was born Feb. 17, 1914, near Heald. Her parents were Paul and Loula Ladd. She had three brothers, Bryce Ladd (Mary), Charlie, who died at 16, and an unnamed infant. She had four sisters, Emily (Kester Rippy), Aimee (Bogue Powell), Gail (H.C. Nelson), and Wanda (J.A. Roberts). Only Wanda survives in Oklahoma City.
Fahoma was graduated from McLean High School in 1931, where she achieved local notoriety as a member of the women’s basketball team. She went on to attend McMurry College in Abilene.
In 1934, she married Dwight L. Holder from Erath County. They farmed in the vicinity of Heald, until moving to Amarillo in 1941. Dwight died in 1980. They had four children, Kenneth (Janice), Ramona (Harold Knudsen), D’Alton (Patricia), and Wayne (Lillie). All survive except Ramona, who died in 2008. Mrs. Holder is survived by her eleven grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.
In addition to raising her family, she assisted Dwight in managing his pest control business while also establishing a reputation throughout the community as a highly regarded seamstress and draper, which resulted in the making of many friends and admirers.
Since 1925, Fahoma was member of the Heald United Methodist Church. She was also a long-standing member of the Order of Eastern Star.
What Fahoma treasured most in life were her family and dearest fans, who all knew her as a devoted wife, mother, and “very good cook”. She was a loyal fan of the Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Cowboys, and Texas Rangers. She even attended the 2010 World Series in Dallas, at the age of 96. Fahoma was fondly known by her nickname “Toots” (given to her by her father), or sometimes “Granny Toots”, but most often, simply as “Granny”.
The family sincerely thanks the staff at The Arbors, Continental Continued Care Community and Ware Living Center for their tender care of Fahoma.
Donations may be made in her name to Heald United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 584, McLean, TX 79057; Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch, P.O. Box 1890, Amarillo, TX, 79174; or to Presbyterian Children’s Home, 3400 S Bowie, Amarillo, TX 79109.
The family will receive friends from 5:00-6:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17, 2012 at the funeral home.