Laurie Ann Holt
1963 - 2017
OAKLAND - Our Amazing Fighter, Laurie Ann Holt, no longer required to fight as of April 8, 2017, is finally able to rest easy and smile upon us as she joins her loved ones who have waited for her with arms open and their love never ending.
Laurie proudly claimed to be the 9th child born of 16 siblings (yes -16!) to the best parents a child could ask for: John Edwin and Dorothy Marie Holt (both of whom are sadly deceased).
Were you to ask their names, Laurie would pause, take a breath, and recite them in order from oldest to youngest (sorry if this gives away too much my dear family :) : Carlene (deceased), Donna, John Jr, Maureen (deceased), Sandra, Bruce (deceased), Debbie, Big Brian, (Laurie), Shelly (deceased), Sheila, Jean, Cheryl, Baby Brian, Eric, Jeremy.
She was the happiest she could be to have married her one and only true love and soulmate, Michelle. They were blessed to have 15 years together, not nearly long enough but, there is much gratefulness for the time spent with love, understanding, compassion, faithfulness and friendship. Together they raised five beautiful children, Tucker, Matthew, Melanie, CJ, and Leanna, all of whom she loved unconditionally and they will miss her always. Laurie and Michelle also helped to raise and care for several foster children in their years together, making them just as much a part of their family as any other child.
Of this beautiful family, Laurie was blessed with many brother and sisters-in-laws: Donna married Peter, Sandra married Dana, Debbie married Dennis, Shelly married Todd, Sheila married Stevie Hot Rocks, Cheryl married Jason, and Eric married Tina. Many of these marriages were forged as high school sweethearts and remain strong today, emphasizing the fighting and enduring nature of this family.
We are blessed with a generation of many wonderful young adults that Laurie was very proud to call her nieces and nephews: Doreen, Sandra, and Dawn; Todd and Kevin; Amanda; Billy and Paul; Joe, Christie and Darin; Zachary; Stacey and Peeper; Michele and Melissa; Nicole, Sheena and Andrea; Elizabeth; Michael, David and Nathan; Phillip: She taught them to fish (which included putting on your own worm, taking off your own fish without hurting the fish, yourself, or anyone else near you) she taught them how to "drive stick", often times on a frozen lake or empty pasture, she taught the boys and the girls how to defend themselves. She taught them to listen to the woods, to hear life in the silence. These are the first generation of Laurie's nieces and nephews, many of whom now have their own children creating a second generation of many, many, more nieces and nephews, all of whom she absolutely adored.
If she was not doing what she loved for work at Sadulskys Camps, tending to the needs and fun filled wishes of campers that also became family, she was with her family sharing her other joys in life - fishing, boating, swimming, snorkeling, searching for creatures or berries in the woods or lakes, cooking over a fire, riding her Harley, building any and everything, laughing, and sharing stories. She taught them to nurture themselves and the creatures on the Earth, often taking in critters in need, such as May the gray squirrel who she kept with the help of her great nephew Brandon, until May was old enough to be released.
Laurie was a champion in many ways. She was the first female issued a boxing license in the state of Maine and was the first Maine resident to hold a world boxing title (yes, BEFORE Joey Gamache) attaining the Women's World Featherweight Boxing Championship. She retired undefeated. She marched for the rights of women and of all LGBT individuals. She helped others learn to vote and was President of the Women's Auxiliary at the Oakland Maine Legion Post #51 for several years.
Laurie Holt, you were the most amazing individual many of us have ever known and the loss of your physical presence will be deeply felt by those left behind for decades to come.
Rest easy my Honey Girl. I will be with you again.
Services to be held on Saturday April 29, 11 a.m. at the Oakland/Sidney United Methodist Church, 20 W School St., Oakland.
In lieu of flowers, please make
donations in Laurie's name to the foster care center where she and her wife assisted numerous children:
Community Health and
Counseling Services (CHCS)
30 High St.
Skowhegan, ME 04976
Published in Central Maine on Apr. 13, 2017