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Dean C Holder

Dean Coulson Holder passed away on January 11, 2022, at Highland Home in Ridgeland. Known affectionately as “Mama Dean,” she was beloved as a wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and dear friend. She was born on April 24, 1921, in Tiptonville, TN. Her early childhood was spent on the family farm there. She moved to Picayune, MS at age 10. In high school she went to live with and care for her elderly grandmother in Moss Point, which meant giving up a promising final year as a star player on the girls’ basketball team. After graduating from high school at Moss Point, she moved to Jackson to attend Draughn's Business School. She then assumed a position at Deposit Guaranty Bank, where she met her future husband, Bill Holder. They were married in 1943 and made Jackson their home thereafter.
She reared three children and experienced a life devoted to church, family, and community service. She was a longtime member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, where she was involved in Women of the Church. She and Bill were directors of the junior high youth department, where they both taught Sunday school and where Dean played the piano. She inherited her love of flowers from her father, who was an avid horticulturist. Throughout her life she was an active member of Keep Jackson Beautiful and the Twin Pines Garden Club. She served as a judge for flower shows, and she created many beautiful flower arrangements. She loved spending time in her yard and garden.

After her three children were married, she became a licensed insurance agent and assisted her husband in their life insurance business. Following her husband’s death in 1997, Dean became an active member of Covenant Presbyterian Church. She arranged flowers for the sanctuary on Sundays and regularly created beautiful tablescapes for the “3M” senior lunch group at Covenant until her early 90’s.

Throughout life Dean was always active, tough, and resilient, often saying that she would live to be 100, which she did! But she will be remembered most as the epitome of a beautiful, graceful Southern lady, who quietly and lovingly served others. She was a wonderful cook, often taking meals and flowers to her family, neighbors, and friends. She was also an avid sports fan. She was unassuming, yet naturally she was the focus of a New York Times feature article in 2003 by Curtis Wilkie about the experience of hosting for the grove group at Ole Miss football games in Oxford. She had a gift for hospitality, but her greatest joy was her family. She was always there to help in any way.

She is survived by her three children and their families: Don Holder, Susan O’Mara (Charles), and Alice Amacker, all living in the Jackson area. She had six grandchildren: Elizabeth Pace (Leigh) of Canton, Sara Neal Manibo (Joey) of Fort Myers, FL, Shellie Cheatham (Gunter) of Madison, Walker Jones (Bethy) of Collierville, TN, Adam Jones (Allison) of Madison, and Drew Amacker (Emilee) of Birmingham, AL. She is also survived by her 13 great grandchildren who love her dearly.

A private service will be held for Dean at the Covenant Presbyterian Columbarium. Memorial contributions may be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church or to a favorite charity.


Dean C Holder
April 24, 1921 - January 11, 2022




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