Mary Lee Holland, 81, of Le Mars, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, at Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars after a lengthy battle with Type II Diabetes.
Mary was born to Thomas and Alice Wright and raised in Red Oak. She graduated from Red Oak High School. After school she set out on her own briefly in the working world with administrative jobs in Des Moines, Chicago, and San Francisco before finding her way back home to Red Oak. That is when she met her husband to be, Paul Holland.
Mary and Paul then moved to Falls City, Neb., where their oldest son Mark was born, before moving to Omaha, Neb., then eventually Le Mars. Mary and Paul had two more sons, Kirk and Kent, and raised them in Le Mars where all three graduated from Le Mars Community High School.
Mary's life revolved around raising her children and taking care of her family. She was a very active supporter of Le Mars Little League, and Boy Scouts. After her husband Paul died in 1978 and her boys were grown, she then used her motherly instincts and worked for a local family helping raise their two boys.
Mary then moved to Santa Fe, N.M., to be close to her son Mark, and his wife, Lilia, who were starting a family at this time. Now a grandmother, Mary's natural instincts again took over and was now helping raise and shape two beautiful granddaughters, Leanna and Kimberly, whom she affectionately referred to as "my girls."
During this time, Kirk and Kent were serving their country and she would always have time to write a letter and send it to wherever in the world they might have happened to be. She also took time out to help raise Kent's two boys, Matthew and Cameron, while he was deployed during the Gulf War.
Mary moved back to Le Mars and met some new and wonderful friends at Sunrise Villa. She truly enjoyed their friendship and time spent together playing cards and bingo. Due to health complications, she then moved into the Plymouth Manor Care Center and even though her stay was brief, she became close to the wonderful staff and residents. She appreciated and respected them all, especially her roommate Bernice Sitzman for her consideration and understanding in the final days.
She is survived and loved by her family, Mark Holland and his wife, Lilia of Santa Fe, N.M., Kirk Holland of Fountain, Colo., and Kent Holland of Vermillion, S.D.; her sister, Carolyn Woods of Phoenix, Ariz.; grandchildren, Matthew Holland of Seattle, Wash., Cameron Holland and his wife, Jennifer of Vermillion, S.D., Leanna Holland and Kimberly Holland both of Santa Fe, N.M.; great-gandchildren, Alakai and Vanesa; nephew, Tom Woods Jr. and niece, Deborah Esquer, and their children and grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Holland, and her parents, Thomas and Alice Wright.
Adhering to Mary's wishes, she was cremated and a private ceremony with family and close friends will be held this summer. The Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars, is in charge of arrangements.
Honorary pallbearers will be her grandchildren, Matthew, Cameron, Leanna, Kimberly Holland, and Dan Sitzmann and Jim Martin.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.