Thelma (Martin) Holt, 81, of Milan passed away on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at her residence with her loving family by her side. Thelma was born on Monday, February 24, 1941 to Joseph and Ruth Martin. Thelma grew up on the Okefenokee Swamp in Waycross, GA with her five siblings.
After high school, Thelma worked as a nurse’s aide. In 1962, she was set up on a blind date with a handsome Navy man named Aubrey Holt. Five months later, they were married in Waycross, GA and spent the next 55 years together until Aubrey passed in 2017.
Throughout her lifetime, Thelma played the role of wife, mother, grandma, and great grandma. She was the rock of the family and did a lot of parenting on her own while Aubrey was on the road performing Bluegrass. When times got a little tough, she took a job of her own to make ends meet, such as the old shoe factory in Osgood and Kopps Turkey Farm in Harrison. Though busy with six kids of her own, Thelma would always lend a hand, or a car ride, to the neighbor’s kids or relatives if needed. Thelma was never shy to tell you what she thought as anyone who knew her can attest. She loved to fish, camp, read, cook, and listen to her family sing.
Thelma will be dearly missed by her children: Brent Holt, Tony (Jackie) Holt, Margie (Roger) Minger and Rhonda (Gary) Schmidt all of Milan; grandchildren and step grandchildren: Caleb Ollman, Sara Ollman, Graci Wyatt, Jason Schmidt, Amber Cavins, Ashley Fineman, Jared Dornbusch, Rachel Holt, Jared Biddle, Neil Minger, and Nathan Minger; great grandchildren Jordyn, Jackson, Cash, Taylor, Bronsyn, Brinley, Bristol, Marilyn, Christopher, Serenity, Giovanni, and Payton; sister Vernelle Dowling of FL; brother Horace Martin of Waycross, GA; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family members.
Thelma was preceded in death by her husband Aubrey Holt, daughters Anita and Carla Holt, parents Joseph and Ruth Martin, brothers Devoy and Ralph Martin, and sister Juanita Rathke.
In honor of Thelma’s wishes, no funeral will be held. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be given in honor of Thelma to St. Jude’s.
Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements, P.O. Box 243, Milan, IN 47031, (812) 654-2141. Please visit their website at www.lawscarrmoore.com to share your condolences and memories of Thelma.