Lillian Leota Holtzclaw (98)

Carmi, Illinois
Birth: February 8, 1921
Death: December 14, 2019

Lillian Leota Holtzclaw, 98, of Carmi, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, December 14, 2019, at Meadowood Nursing and Rehabilitation in Grayville, Illinois.

Leota, as she preferred to be called, was born February 8, 1921, in Herald’s Prairie Township, White County, Illinois, the daughter of Jasper and Daisy (Talkington) Greer. She married Freeman Holtzclaw on January 7, 1937, and he preceded her in death in the year 1993. She was a care giver and had worked at White County Nursing Home, Skilled Care, and Wabash Christian Village. She loved her work and was very passionate about her people that were in her care.

She was a member of the First Apostolic Church in New Haven, Illinois. When her husband, Freeman Holtzclaw, passed away, she took his place on the church board. She was an avid reader and loved to do embroidery with paints until her eyesight left her. She loved to work with her roses and in her yard. While living on the farm, she always had a big garden and her chickens. She loved stage plays and horses, and enjoyed a good horse race now and then.

Survivors include three daughters, Linda (Jim) Glover of Grayville, Glenda (Roger) Rowe of New Baden, Illinois, Kathy (Chris) Taddy of Two Rivers, Wisconsin; 8 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and 4 great great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; son Jerry; infant daughter Lela Fern; and brother Cecil Edmond Greer.

Visitation and funeral are Thursday, December 19, 2019, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi. Visitation is 12:30 – 2:00 pm, and funeral is at 2:00 pm. Burial is in White County Memorial Gardens near Carmi.

Visitation: Cook Funeral Chapel - Carmi - Thursday, December 19, 2019, 12:30-2:00 pm
Service: Cook Funeral Chapel - Carmi - Thursday, December 19, 2019, 2:00 pm
Burial: White County Memorial Gardens - Carmi, Illinois

5 thoughts on “Lillian Leota Holtzclaw”

  1. Nancy Mitchell Davis

    Glenda,
    I remember being with you in your home and your sweet mother was always so nice. She was blessed with a full long life.
    Please know that you and your family are in my prayers for our Lord’s peace and comfort at this time.
    Nancy Mitchell Davis

  2. So sorry to hear, Linda. She seemed a sweet, giving lady. Need more like her in this world! Praying for comfort for your family. Love, Linda Points.

  3. Janice Guthrie Clevenger

    She was such a special woman I grew up around her at the Nursing Home. Always loved helping in laundry with her, so many special years together. Prayers for family for healing.
    Janice Guthrie Clevenger

  4. Sorry to hear this. Leota worked with my mom at the nursing home and they stayed in touch until my mom passed away. They stayed friends for many years.

  5. Natalee (Rowe) Baker

    I was privileged to know this special lady my entire life and blessed to call her Grandma. Her life was full & long and filled with love & caring. She will forever be thought of and will be dearly missed. I love you, Grandma! Wear your wings proudly; you have certainly earned them.

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