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Evelyn L. Holder, age 92, long time resident of Kalamazoo, passed away on Wednesday, November 2, 2016.

The daughter of Hale & Lena (Kitsmiller) Whisler, she was born on July 17, 1924 in Allegan. After graduating from Paw Paw High School, Evelyn married her “sailor boy” Frank Holder on January 19, 1946. A devoted wife and mother Evelyn enjoyed family gatherings, photography, crafts (especially sewing), and serving for Kalamazoo Senior Service for over 25 years. Later in life one of her greatest joys was wintering in Arizona with her husband.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, Frank in 1997; parents; sisters, Edith Whisler, and Avis Fooy; Surviving are her daughter, Jacqueline (Scott) Halladay; sisters, Thelma Bredeweg, Donna Fooy, and Lois (Chuck) Craddock; brother, Hale (Gloria) Whisler; along with many nieces and nephews.

Family will be having a private memorial service at a later date with interment at Oakgrove Cemetery, in Lawton.

The family would like to thank Gentiva/Kindred Hospice for their caring support.

Honoring her wishes, burial will take place. Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids. 


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  1. Jim and Mary Ann Evans on November 6, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Lois, sorry to hear of the death of your sister. You and your family will be in our prayers as you go through this time of sorrow.

  2. Mickey Elmore (Hartley) on November 6, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    My heartfelt condolences to you and your family, Jaci. I remember your mom just shaking her head at us and walking away. I think we were the only “hell” our parents ever raised. Prayers and hugs to you.

  3. Michelle (Micki) Conrad on November 7, 2016 at 9:42 am


    I’m so sorry to hear about your MOther. We lost our Mom in February 2015. Your memories will carry you through this hard time. She will always be with you.


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