In Memory of

Margaret Holton

October 10, 1929 - May 17, 2014
Margaret (Pitts) Holton, the daughter of Bill and Esther (Anderson) Pitts, was born October 10, 1929, on a farm south of Maryhill, IA. She received her early education and graduated from Holy Name School in Marcus, IA. She married Emmett Holton on February 5, 1951, at the Maryhill Catholic Church. Throughout their married years, they lived in Cherokee. They were blessed with six children. Margaret had a special bond with each one of her children and grandchildren. Her kids could do no wrong in her eyes--they were "always right". She loved her home, the Chicago Cubs, the Iowa Hawkeyes, playing cards and her morning ritual of coffee and toast. She had a dry sense of humor and loved visiting with her many friends and relatives. She enjoyed cooking--her specialties included goulash, meatloaf, chocolate chip cookies, and her famous blueberry dessert. Margaret passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, May 17, 2014, at Unity Point St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in Sioux City, IA, at age 84. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Emmett; brother, Carl Pitts; sister and brother-in-law, Lois and Sonny Kenney; and nephew, Joel Kenney. She is survived by her children: Ellen (Rodney) Robinson, Denny (Cherie) Holton, all of Cherokee, IA, Mike (Jill) Holton of Alta, IA , Tim (Lora) Holton of Dakota Dunes, SD, Terry (Kerry) Holton of Overland Park, KS, and Steven (Joyce) Holton of Plano, TX ; her grandchildren: John (Missy) Briggs, Melanie (Todd) Benson, Heather (Jason) Swarthout, Eric Holton, Adam Holton, Jaden Holton, Paige Holton, Haley Holton, Ryan (Jamie) Holton, Matt (Kristin) Holton, Emily (Aaron Harvey) Holton, Mason Holton, Madison Holton, Nick Holton, Delaney Holton; her great-grandchildren: Mya Briggs, Dominic Foley, Jack, Trey, Joe and Harper Benson, Will, Mitch and Tatum Swarthout, Lane, Logan and Hayden Holton, Henry Holton and Dayne Harvey; a sister and brother-in-law, Darlene and Ronnie Schmillen, sister-in-law, Audrey Pitts, her close friend, Connie Baum; nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.
SERVICES
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee.
OFFICIATING
Father Dan Guenther will officiate
CASKET BEARERS
John Briggs Eric Holton Adam Holton Jaden Holton Ryan Holton Matthew Holton Mason Holton Nicholas Holton HONORARY BEARERS Melanie Benson Heather Swarthout Emily Holton Madison Holton Paige Holton Haley Holton Delaney Holton
VISITATION
Visitation will be at our funeral home in Cherokee beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Monday. The family will be present from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m., and a prayer service will follow at 7:00 p.m.
MUSIC
Organist-Charlotte Groves Soloist-Maribeth Ehrig I.C. Funeral Choir
INTERMENT
Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Cherokee

Condolences

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“My thoughts and prayers are with the Holton family. I was so sorry to hear of Marg's passing. What a great lady! I was lucky enough to see her last summer at The Gardens when I was back visiting my Dad. May you be comforted by all of the wonderful memories of your times with her. God bless all of you. ”
- Dana (File) Kies
Monday, May 26, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sincerely, Dan A. Zembsch ”
- Dan A. Zembsch
Friday, May 23, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Ellen and family, So sorry to hear of your mothers death, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Kae Ehrich Soost”
- Kae Ehrich Soost
Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“i just learned of your mother's passing today and i am very sorry!! what a wonderful woman she was and i am very proud to be able to call her an old friend! God bless her family”
- steven conley
Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“My heart felt sympathy at the passing of your Mother. May God Be With you all, love Michele(Linn)Boomgarden. ”
- Michele(Linn)Boomgarden
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Holton family,
Sorry to hear of your loss. May she rest in peace.
- Tom & Nancy Jarratt
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“My sincere sympathy to the entire family,especailly Denny & Cherie, Ellen, Mike and Melanie. You had the sweetest mother and grandmother. I am sure Emmett is glad to welcome her home.”
- Dorothy Olson
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Our heart felt sympathy at the passing of your Mother. She was a wonderful, kind and caring person. One of those few people that always had a ready smile for everyone.”
- Jerry and Vicki Menke
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“TO THE HOLTON FAMILY:
YOUR MOTHER MARGARET HAS PASSED AND A LIGHT LEAVES THE WORLD. I KNOW YOU WILL ALL MISS HER AND HER LOVING PRESENCE. I SEND YOU MY MOST SINCERE SYMPATHIES. LOSING A MOTHER IS SUCH A FINAL THING. I KNOW THAT MARGARET WILL ALWAYS BE WITH ALL OF YOU THOUGH, FOR ETERNITY, AND HER LEGACY IS CARRIED ON THROUGH EACH OF YOU. SHE WATCHES OVER YOU AND SMILES AND BLESSES YOU. MAY YOU RECALL ALL THE LOVELY TIMES TOGETHER AND ALWAYS REMEMBER YOUR MOTHER AND ALL THE BLESSINGS SHE BESTOWED UPON YOU ALL.
WISHING YOU PEACE AT THIS MOST DIFFICULT TIME,
ANN URSULA LOUGHLIN”
- Ann Loughlin
Monday, May 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Holton family our thoughts a prayers are with you and your loved ones. ”
- Mike & Deb Wienhold
Monday, May 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Prayers to the family of Margaret....May GOD comfort all of you I know how close this family is and know this is a shock, be strong together. ”
- Debra L Sleezer
Monday, May 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Dear Holton Family,
So sorry to hear of Mrs. Holtons passing. She was a terrific person and I have many fond memories of her.
My sympathy to all of you, she will be missed!

Best wishes,
Mark Hultman”
- Mark J. Hultman
Monday, May 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Our condolences to all the Holton family. Your parents were both such special people, we remember them fondly. Even though we haven't lived in Iowa for 33 years, we remember the good times and the good friends. May she rest in peace, and may your memories of good times with her help you through the sad times ahead. ”
- Jackie and Bill Stutz
Monday, May 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“We at Family Dental in Storm Lake were saddened to hear of your mom's passing. She was always a joy to speak to. Loved her sense of humour, the twinkle in her eye still showing the young girl inside, and her quick laugh. She was a joy to know. Our prayers are with you all.”
- Greg Hansen
Monday, May 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry for your loss. Your Mom was such a nice lady. Hold on to all the good memories and cherish them.”
- Randy & Kathy Menke
Monday, May 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“"What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us." -Helen Keller
May you find peace and comfort in the many precious memories of Mrs. Holton. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Marty & Sharon Hast & Family

- Marty & Sharon Hast
Monday, May 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“To the Holton Family Margaret was a very special lady. Enjoyed visiting with her when she would come in Hyvee Drugstore to see Ellen she was so kind. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you God Bless
- Rhonda Jensen
Monday, May 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers to the Holton Family. Thinking of you all. God Bless. ”
- Jim and Brenda Perrin
Monday, May 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“We are so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. Hold on to your memories and celebrate her life. We pray for her and your family as your hearts heal.”
- Kenny and Kim Barrett
Monday, May 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. I have so many fond memories of her. Our prayers are with you all.”
- Jan George
Monday, May 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Holton family, im so sorry to hear of your loss:-( I am praying for you all during this tough time. ”
- Much Love, Molly Ades
Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“May Marg rest in peace. Emmett will welcome her with open arms. Thinking of all you kids and many, many good times!! Nary a better pair than your folks!!!
- Ron and Jan Witcombe
Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Holdfast to your wonderful memories, each of you. She was a wonderful gal, and will be greatly missed. My heartfelt thoughts to each of you.”
- Tricia Vredenburg
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