Irma Holford

Died: Fri., Oct. 4, 2013


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Sun., Oct. 06, 2013
Location: Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Mon., Oct. 07, 2013
Location: Luther Memorial Church

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   Mrs. Irma L. Holford,86, of Quincy died at 2:40 a.m. Friday ( October 4, 2013) in the Good Samaritan Home.

   Born March 23, 1927 in Quincy, she was the daughter of Charles and Cora Brown Sparks. She married Eugene Holford on April 23, 1950 in Quincy. Irma and Gene celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary on April 24, 2013.

   Irma was a 1944 graduate of Quincy High School, a 1946 graduate of Gem City Business College and a 1947 graduate of Quincy Conservatory of Music and Piano. She was a member of Vermont Street United Methodist Church from 1927 to 1950 and a member of Luther Memorial from 1950 to the present time. Irma was an active member at Luther Memorial Church having served on various committees, was a Sunday school teacher and a member of the Altar Guild. She was also the  church organist for Vermont Street and Union United Methodist churches. Irma was a member of Chapter FH-PEO, Grace Whipple Chapter Order of Eastern Star No. 312 and a  past member of the Ellington Home Extension.

   She enjoyed doing crafts and  playing the piano. She and Gene loved to dance and  belonged to the Q City Squares and Roundancers. They wintered each year for five months since 1995 in Silveridge Park in Mesa, AZ.

   Irma had worked for  the Quincy Housing Authority, Basse Jewelry and Abbott Automotive. She was also a secretary for her husband who was an agent for Country Companies Insurance and Financial Services.

   Survivors include her husband, Gene; a daughter, Barbara Jurgens ( Richard "Dick") of Towanda, IL; two grandchildren, Dr.Valerie Jurgens of Austin, TX and Benjamin Jurgens of Bloomington, IL; two sisters-in-law, Mary Ann Baxter (Raymond) of Waukegan, IL and Lois Holford (Arthur Jr.) of Quincy. Also surviving are several loving nieces and nephews.

   Mrs. Holford was preceded in death by her parents; an infant sister Elizabeth and a brother Charles and Mardell Sparks.

   Funeral services will be held Monday morning at 10:00 in Luther Memorial Church with Pastor Tony Metz officiating. Burial will be in Greenmount Cemetery.

   Visitation will be held Sunday evening from 4:00 until 7:00 the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home and Monday from 9:00 until time of services at the church.

   Memorials may be made to Luther Memorial Church.

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Jeanette Bohne
   Posted Fri October 04, 2013
Gene and family - please accept my sympathy. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers at this extremely difficult time. Lovue

Michael & Susan Still
   Posted Sun October 06, 2013
I so appreciate you calling us Barb, and letting us know of your Mother's passing. As you know we think the world of both your parents. We always made an effort to spend some time w/them, when they came to winter here in Mesa, AZ, for the past 15 yrs. Gene, you and your family have our deepest sympathy and love. If we could be there, we would. Our heart goes out to all of you.

Richard & Fern Heitholt
   Posted Mon October 07, 2013
Dear Gene, Barbara and family,
We are thinking fondly of your wonderful family today. We hope God's Blessings and your many touching memories of your wife and mother's helping hand will bring you comfort in the days ahead. We were glad our paths crossed with the Holfords many times. Best wishes.

Gretchen Hudnut Foose
   Posted Sat October 19, 2013
Bob and I are so sorry to learn of your loss. She a nice lady and will be missed. Gretchen and Bob Foose

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