1930 – 2020
Mary Patricia “Pat” Carmena Holt, 89, of Plantersville, died peacefully Wednesday morning, February 12, at her home.
A gathering of family and friends took place Sunday, February 16, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, in Plantersville. A vigil service followed at 5:00 pm. A Funeral Mass celebrating Pat’s life was celebrated 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 17, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Rev. Edward C. Kucera, Jr., Rev. Elias Lopez and Rev. Msgr. Adam McClosky were the celebrants. A reception immediately followed in St. Mary’s Parish Hall. The rite of committal was at 3:30 p.m. in Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery in Houston.
Serving as pallbearers were Alfred Smallwood, Bruce White, Ken White, Ben White, Roger Burns and Quentin Burns.
Pat was born on Monday, March 17, 1930 in Houston, the 4 child to John Allan and Vera Ellen Bernard Carmena. She grew up in Houston and graduated in 1948 from St. Agnes Academy. While working at the Houston Chronicle, Pat caught the attention of a handsome young distributor, Robert Holt. The romance bloomed and they were married on April 29, 1949.
They began their married life and raising a family in the Heights and later moved to Spring Branch where they lived until 1972. She was a full-time mother and housewife to five children, yet she still found time to volunteer at school functions, as a teacher’s assistant for CCE at St. Cecilia Catholic Church and as a “Pink Lady” at Heights Hospital.
In 1972 they built their dream home and moved to Plantersville where Pat became very involved at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She was a dedicated member of the Altar Society and the Guardian Angels. For a number of years, Pat served as a lector as well as volunteered for the annual homecoming bazaar.
Pat continued her love of serving others as a “Pink Lady” with the Ladies Auxiliary of Grimes-St. Joseph Hospital, only retiring after she had a stroke in 2013. She volunteered as a “Pink Lady” at both Heights Hospital and Grimes-St. Joseph with a combination of nearly 50 years of service.
Pat’s greatest passion and love was her family. As someone said, “She was such a blessing and a wonderful role model to all of us.” Pat was happiest when everyone was together, and she loved to cook for them. Many knew her for her famous sugar cookies.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 64 years, Robert; sisters, Sue Hamner, Vera Bisso, and Joycelyn Wallace; a brother Allan Carmena; and daughter-in-law JoAnn Holt.
Survivors include her children, Tim Holt and wife Martie of Houston, Charlotte Bossart and husband Pat of Plantersville, Becky Keels of Houston, Grant Holt of Navasota and Patricia “Trish” Holt of Plantersville; grandchildren, Kimberley Smallwood and husband Alfred of Plantersville, Elizabeth, Courtney and Christine Keels of Houston, Kathleen Bossart of Houston and Ben White of Huntsville; great grandsons, Jayden Smallwood and Conner Keels; sister-in-law Glenna Carmena of Ft. Worth; brother-in-law Roger “Bud” Wallace of Albuquerque, NM; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a great number of friends.
In lieu of usual remembrances, the family has suggested memorials in Pat’s name to St. Mary’s Altar Society or Guardian Angel, PO Box 388, Plantersville, TX 77363-0388 or a favorite charity.
You are invited to sign the guestbook and leave condolences for the family at www.lindleyrobertsonholt.com.