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Her father was the late Howard L. Holt, of Ava Long-time Flower Mound, Texas, resident Regina A. Holland died Saturday evening, Jan. 6, 2007, from pancreatic cancer.
Gina (Regina) is survived by her husband of 37 years, (the Rev’d Canon) David W. Holland, rector of the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, Lewisville, Texas. She is also survived by her three children, Richard, a U.S. Army veteran and IT administrator with Centex Homes, Michael, an ER technician at Baylor Hospital, Plano, Texas and nursing student, and Rachel, a nursing student at the College of Nursing at Texas Woman’s University.
Gina was born Dec. 16, 1948, in Corpus Christi, Texas, following the end of World War 11. Her father was the late Howard L. Holt, of Ava, and her mother is Rita Tournour Holt, of Springfield.
Surviving her also is her brother, Howard L. Holt II, of Jackson, Tenn.; her sister, Cathy N. Mills, of Stanwood, Wash.; three aunts of St. Louis; her brother; sisters-in-law; many cousins, nephews and nieces, and many wonderful friends who loved her dearly.
Her paternal grandparents were John F. Holt and Alsia Emmaline Thompson, Ava. Maternal grandparents were Maggiorino Tournour and Ida J. Bianco, St. Louis.
Gina grew up in various cities in southwest Missouri, most recently in Rogersville. She was an honor student attending Springfield Catholic Schools, Missouri State University and the University of Texas at Arlington. Her passion was teaching small children. Gina was a certified Montessori teacher helping to establish a Montessori school in Angleton, Texas, and working at Montessori Episcopal School in Lewisville. She also worked as an events manager for the DFW Marriott and as a customer service manager at Major’s Scientific Books in Lewisville. Most recently she was employed at Products Unlimited in Justin, Texas; a medical supply business, in a position that gave her great satisfaction.
While her children were growing up in Angleton and Flower Mound, Texas, Gina was active as a Cub Scout Den Mother and sports team mother, PTA President and Daisy Scout Leader.
She helped found the Hopkins County Genealogical Society and was an avid gardener. She and her husband, David, loved to travel and together they led tour groups to Spain, Italy, the Caribbean, and Alaska.
As a minister’s wife she worked lovingly to support her husband as pastor as he led the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation from a small, struggling congregation to a major parish in the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas.
Gina was a rock to her family and friends, a breast cancer survivor and will be remembered as a loving daughter, wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend who was always ready to listen to others and worked to resolve, reconcile and restore. She held a deep and abiding faith in her Lord, which was a great gift to her family and friends during her last days.
Following a private internment, a public memorial service was held for family and friends on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 1:30 p.m., in the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, Lewisville, Texas.