MOUNT VERNON — Vera Pauline Holdren, 96, quietly slipped into eternity on the evening of July 3, 2009.
Pauline was almost a lifelong resident of Westerville, where she owned and operated the Colonial House Tourist Home for many years. She prided herself in making world-class pies and was a superb cook of good basic food. She was a devoted Christian who loved her Lord and read her Holy Bible almost daily. She was part of the congregations that built the Westerville Bible Church and Grace Baptist Church in Huber Ridge. Her faith was a good example for others and as she makes her way to heaven, she gently invites others to join her by accepting God’s gift of forgiveness of sin and salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.
She is survived by children, Sharon Lee Holdren of Mount Vernon, John Howard (Pamela) Holdren of Dayton and Rebecca Jane (David) Bryant of Tampa, Fla.; grandchildren, Todd Bryant, Jason Bryant, David Holdren, Sidney Holdren and Zackary Holdren; five great-grandchildren; brother, Leroy Hardbarger of Niceville, Fla.; and sisters, Geraldine Hardbarger of Ruskin, Fla., and Lillian Nethers of Sun City Center, Fla.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest C. and Lee Ann (Wade) Hardbarger; her devoted husband of 50 years, Samuel Osborne Holdren; and brothers, Clarence, Carl and Edgel Hardbarger.
A celebration of Pauline’s life will be held Monday, Aug. 3, at 10 a.m., at Johnson-Melick-Moreland Funeral Home, 46 W. Church St., Centerburg, followed by a private family interment service at Hitler-Ludwig Cemetery in Circleville.
Special thanks to the nurses, aides and staff at Country Club Retirement Center in Mount Vernon for over three years of loving kindness. In lieu of flowers gifts can be sent to Hospice of Knox County or Grace Baptist Church.