Virginia Helen Holt
Virginia Helen Holt (nee Dowden), 82, of Gurnee, IL, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at Advocate Condell Medical Center on August 13, 2010. Virginia was born on April 27, 1928 in Waukegan, IL, to the late William H. and Helen Dowden. She graduated from Waukegan Township High School and then married Norman ("Jack") Holt on April 7, 1951. Known by her friends as "Jinny", she worked for the Chicago Title Company in Waukegan and later at Abbott Laboratories until her retirement. She was very active in the American Legion Auxiliary. She was Past President of Sharvin Unit #397, and a member of the Post and Unit Color Guard. She served as Tenth District President, Second Division President, and Past Chapeau 8 et 40, Salon #191. She spent many years serving on various American Legion Auxiliary Department committees and attended many conventions. She was a member of the Ladies of the Moose and Annunciation of Our Lady Episcopal Church in Gurnee. She was also an avid Green Bay Packers fan.
Jinny loved to travel with her husband and traveling companions Marion and Dick Brown, Betty (sister) and Bill Potochnik and Bill (brother) and Jane Dowden. Throughout
her life she traveled to 49 of 50 states and made several international trips. She was a devoted mother and provided loving care to her daughter Dianne during an illness that lasted several years and required a double-lung transplant. Her strength and love during that time helped her daughter survive. She was a dedicated and generous grandmother, attending countless school and extracurricular activities, planning and hosting vacations, and always giving unconditional love.
Known to her great grandchildren as "Nana", she will he missed for her loving hugs, stocked candy dish, and her willingness to play Candyland.
Left to cherish her memory is her daughter Dianne Seymour of Gurnee; grandchildren Angela (Ramon) Moreno of Kenosha and Brian Seymour of Gurnee; great grandchildren Maya, Evan and Joel; brother William (Jane) Dowden of Gurnee; sister Betty (Bill) Potochnik of Gurnee; step-sister Jane Swanson of Florida; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents William and Helen Dowden, son Larry Holt, and husband Norman Holt.
Visitation will be held on Monday, August 16th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Marsh Funeral Home in Gurnee. Funeral Service on Tuesday, August 17th at 10:00 a.m. at Marsh Funeral Home, interment at North Shore Garden of Memories in North Chicago.
Memorial donations in Virginia's name can be made to the Shriner's Hospital for Children in Chicago (2211 North Oak Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60707, or online at http://www.shrinershq.org/Hosipitals/Chicago ).
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Published in News Sun on Aug. 16, 2010