Born Saturday, August 14, 1948
Died Friday, April 2, 2021
Dolores Jean Holland, 82 of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away on Friday, April 2, 2021. She was born on August 14, 1938 to Claude and Rita Howard in Evansville, Indiana.
She married Leon Holland, Jr. in December 1971 at Bacone Chapel Muskogee, OK. They shared 49 years of marriage and memories together.
Dolores attended Bacone College from 1971 to 1975, graduating as a registered nurse on May 5, 1975. She began her working career at MRMC. She worked there a short while on night shift before going on to work for two different doctor’s offices. She then decided to be a stay-at-home mother and wife. After many years, Dolores decided to go back to work as a RN for Dr. Wilson. When he was forced to move his practice and downsize, she went to work with her daughter, Glenda at Sleep Centers of America. She loved working during those last years until she retired in 2007.
After retiring Dolores enjoyed being a homemaker taking care of anyone who entered her home. She could always find the good in anyone and always had a kind word, and a smile. She had a servant’s heart and touched many lives in such a profound and positive way.
She will always be remembered for being an exceptional wife, mother and friend, who will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.
She was preceded in death by her father, Claude Howard; mother, Mary Rita Schaefer; grandparents, Chris and Ester (Oberhausen) Schaefer; half-brother, Norbert Schaefer; brother-in-law, Raymond Koch; and niece, Amy Kirsh.
She is survived by her husband, Leon Holland, Jr. of Muskogee, OK; children, Ernie Ralph of Norman, OK, Greg Ralph of Muskogee, OK, Mark Ralph of Muskogee, OK and Glenda Davis and husband Tim of Muskogee, OK; brother, Charles Mayse and wife Joan of Evansville, IN; and two sisters, Sylvia Koch of Evansville, IN and Charlotte Godwin and husband Gerald of Marion, KY.
A celebration of Dolores’ life will be 2pm, Friday, April 9, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home with Mr. Leif Wright officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhill Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Ernie Ralph, Blake Windsor, Greg Ralph, Matthew Voyles, Mark Ralph, and Dennis Patterson. Honorary pallbearers will be Randy Talley and Robert Norton.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.