1931 - 2013
Alice "Virginia" Holt, age 82 years, of Jefferson City, Mo., died suddenly in her sleep Thursday, August 8, 2013, at her home. Virginia was born July 12, 1931, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of Paul W. and Alice G. Kloeris, both deceased. She married Thomas H. Holt on June 11, 1955, in the South Hampton Presbyterian Church, St. Louis, Mo., with the Reverend McLain officiating. Virginia graduated from Southwest High School and attended Harris Teacher's College in St. Louis. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Foods, Nutrition and Dietetics before completing a Masters of Science in Foods and Nutrition in 1955, both from the University of Missouri. She was a Registered Dietician and proudly renewed her certification until she was 81. Virginia and her husband met while students at the University of Missouri and continued their dedication to the university with season football tickets since the 1950's. Virginia was a Legacy Society member of "Mizzou", donating a gift to the College of Human Environmental Sciences for its recent renovations of Gwynn Hall. A room in the new facility will be named in her honor when it is dedicated next spring. The professional organizations of which Virginia was a member were the American Dietetic Association, American Home Economics Association, Missouri Dietetic Association, Central Missouri Dietetic Association, Missouri Home Economics Association, District "H" Home Economics Association and Cole County Home Economists. Virginia received honors from Phi Upsilon Omicron, Kappa Omicron Phi, Gamma Sigma Delta, Eta Epsilon Phi and was named to Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities. She received the AAUW Women of Community Award for Community Service. Virginia received an outstanding achievement Sears-Roebuck Foundation Scholarship to the University of Missouri in 1948-1949. She was awarded "The Borden Home Economics Scholarship" in her senior year having achieved the highest grade point average in her class of Home Economics in Foods and Nutrition. In the summer of 1999, Virginia enjoyed participating in a Saint Louis University Department of Nutrition and Dietetics "Summer Culinary Institute" with chefs preparing outstanding foods at a premiere restaurant. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church for 53 years serving as Deacon, Elder, and Sunday school teacher, member of the Westminster Heritage Board of Directors and leading vespers at the Locke Apartments formerly known as Westminster Heritage. Singing was her joy, and she led singing for residents at Adams Street Place twice monthly while also participating as a member of the Symphony Choir each year since 1988. Virginia led an active life in serving and leading others. She was a founding member of the Jefferson City YMCA Board, planning and developing the initial athletic facilities and operation. She enjoyed its facilities and was a regular at the water aerobics class. She was a member of the Heart of Missouri Sweet Adelines for many years and served as a Girl Scout leader, Cub Scout Den Mother, President of all five PTA units and the Jefferson City PTA Council, co-chair of the Sophomore Pilgrimage, Red Cross volunteer, Moderator of the Inter-Church Campus Ministry Board, and Calvin Class teacher. She was active in Dianas Club, the United Federation Women's Club, Hawthorn Garden Club, Moreau View Extension Club, Phi Upsilon Omicron, Engineer's Wives and Central Missouri Dietetic Association. Virginia helped establish the home economics honorary Kappa Omicron Phi at Lincoln University. For 20 years, Virginia served as a judge of the News Tribune annual recipe contest. Virginia also served others by teaching nutrition. She taught food, nutrition, dietetics and restaurant management at Jamestown High School, University of Missouri, Lincoln University, Central Methodist College and Central Missouri State University. She was the food energy economist for the Missouri Power and Light Company and served as the dietician at the State Hospital in Fulton. When she retired she continued her nutritional work as a volunteer, providing nutrition counseling for the Cole Country Health Department and as dietary consultant to skilled nursing facilities and retirement homes. Virginia showed her care and love by doing for others. She led by example and maintained a strong insight, embracing high moral values and care of her family. Virginia loved to travel and took many tours with her husband in Europe, the Mediterranean and America. Grandchildren were the joy and devotion of her life and Virginia enjoyed playing games, cards and teaching them how to cook. Survivors include: her husband of 58 years, Tom, of Jefferson City, Mo.; son, Dirk Holt and his wife Lila of Knoxville, Tenn.; daughter, Gwen Vasant and her husband Neil of Atherton, Calif.; and son, Todd Holt and his wife Stacie of Jefferson City, Mo. There are four grandchildren, Amy Shewmake and her husband Tripp of Knoxville, Tenn.; Adam Holt and his wife Lisa of Knoxville, Tenn.; and Rachel and Valerie Holt of Jefferson City, Mo. There are three great-grandchildren: Alyssa, Hunter and Alexander, all of Knoxville, Tenn. Additional survivors include one brother, Dick Kloeris of Pasadena, Texas; one sister-in-law, Marcia Kloeris of Winnetka, Calif.; and children of Tom's brother Jack, taken in guardianship after Jack's death - Lisa Holt and her son Levi of Independence, Mo. and James Holt and his wife Angie and their daughter Amber of Holts Summit, Mo. She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Carol Kloeris; one brother, Paul Kloeris; and one nephew, Michael Holt. Visitation will be held at Freeman Mortuary from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m., Sunday, August 11, 2013, with an additional visitation at First Presbyterian Church from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 12, 2013. Memorial services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 12, 2013, at First Presbyterian Church with the Reverend Dr. Robert Erickson and the Reverend Dr. David Henry officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday at Riverview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Virginia requested that memorials be sent to the First Presbyterian Church, 324 Madison Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101 or Girls Town of Missouri, P.O. Box 59, Kingdom City, MO 65262. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary. www.freemanmortuary.com
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