Lena Marie Huguenin Holderness: 1909-2005
Lena Marie Huguenin Holderness died Aug. 11, 2005, at her home. She was 96.
Lena Marie Huguenin Holderness was born March 21, 1909, in Hayden, the second daughter of Stella Lazarus Huguenin and L.C. “Shorty” Huguenin.
Holderness spent her childhood in Elkhead, where they homesteaded and attended the Elkhead school. The family then moved to Mount Harris, where Shorty was a carpenter and Stella ran the boarding house. The family then moved to Hayden, where Holderness graduated from HUHS in 1926. She attended Aggies College (now CSU) for two years, and then on June 2, 1928, she married Fred Holderness. To this union four children were born, Dotty, Gerry, Ward and Carolyn. In 1938, Fred filed on a homestead southwest of Hayden and at this time he also purchased a part of the old Cary Ranch, which Holderness continued to manage after her husband’s death in 1979. She was well-known for her entries at the Routt County Fairs and for always winning the champion and grand champion ribbon. She made afghans for all her grand- and great-grandchildren. From the age of 92 and with failing eyesight, she knit blocks which Carolyn sewed together and made another five afghans. She always had a large garden at the ranch where she canned vegetables for the coming year. She belonged to the Garden Club, Civic Club, was a member of Rebekohs, Tops, Congregational Church, sang in the church choir, working with Women’s Fellowship, sewed most of her clothing, loved to play bridge, and was very active in Ala-non and AA. In her 60s she took a nurses aid course and worked at The Memorial Hospital in Craig, a job she truly loved. Having learned to play the violin and piano from Joe Scuber, she instilled in her children the love of music. Even when her eyesight began to fail and she no longer could read or watch TV, she would listen to her CD’s by the hours. She also had a passion for cooking, and many relatives and friends stopped by fo good home-cooked meals. Upon the death of her daughter Gerry in 1983, she joined the Mission of Grace, where she was baptized. After Fred’s death, she traveled with her sister to Europe and the Dakotas. For a few years, she was a resident of The Haven and spent a year with her son Ward and family in Pueblo. The past four years of her life she resided at home with caregiver Norrita Karels. She always said that even in hard times life was good, and it truly was for her 96 years.
Holderness is survived by her daughter Carolyn Montieth; ten grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandson; and loving caregiver, Norrita Karels, that made it possible for her to enjoy the last journey of her life.
Holderness was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Fred; daughters, Dotty Decker and Gerry Hitchens; son, Ward; and grandson, Dean Hitchens.
Interment was at Hayden Cemetery on Aug. 16, 2005.
Memorial donations may be made to The Haven, 300 S. Shelton Lane, Hayden, CO 81639.
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