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Irma Holford

October 4, 2013

   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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