Katherine L. (Lyons) Holden

  • Born: November 7, 1926
  • Died: October 16, 2021
  • Location: Rowley, Massachusetts

Robinson Funeral Home

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Melrose, MA 02176

Tel. (781) 665-1900

Tribute & Message From The Family

Katherine L. (Lyons) Holden, formerly of Reading, N. Reading, The Davenport Memorial Home in Malden and Sea View Retreat in Rowley passed away at Anna Jacques Hospital in Newburyport on October 16, 2021, at the age 94.

Katherine was born on November 7, 1926 in Malden, one of five children of the late Katherine (Neal) and William Lyons. Raised in Medford, she graduated from Medford High School, worked at John Hancock Insurance in Boston and met best friend and future husband Robert J. Holden, Jr. at a church dance. They were married on September 27, 1947, and lived in Malden. They settled in Reading and raised a family of three children, Bob, Alane and Brian.

Kay flourished in the role of being a mother and homemaker. She dressed to perfection while hosting and cooking for a crowd and entertained her friends and family effortlessly. Kay loved trying new recipes, she was the known as the "Jello Mold Queen" and was famous for her whoopie pies.

Her recipes have been passed down from generation to generation and continue to be enjoyed to this day.

She loved ballroom dancing, music, knitting and was an avid sports fan and loved watching her Red Sox, Patriots and Golf.

With the love and companionship of her husband Bob she enjoyed traveling with her siblings throughout New England as well as California and Florida.

A joy to be around, Kay was often described as a pleasant and kind hearted person. She selflessly offered her time and support to generations of family, and maintained deep and personal connections to her siblings. Katherine brought everyone closer together while enriching the lives of those closest.

A beautiful person inside and out, Katherine's hospitable nature was reflected in the warmth of her smile and natural charm. She will be deeply missed, but her beauty, kindness, and positive impact will carry on as her legacy and remain in the hearts and minds of her family and friends.

Katherine was the beloved wife of the late Robert J. Holden, Jr. with whom she shared 71years of marriage. Beloved mother of Robert J. Holden, III and his wife Adrienne of Peabody, Alane H. Kelly and her husband Michael of West. Newbury, and Brian W. Holden and his wife Janice of Billerica. Dear sister of Marjorie Orender and her late husband Joseph of NH, and the late William Lyons and his late wife Anne, and the late Ethel Haskell and her late husband John, and the late Gertrude Arthur and her late husband Jerry. Cherished grandmother of Joshua, Michael, Seth and his wife Christina, Patrick and his wife Bridgette, Daniel and his wife Fanny, Kevin and his wife Brandi, Lucas, and Jacqueline. Adored great grandmother of Maeve, Gemma, Finn, Teagan, Aoife, Callum, and many nieces and nephews.

Services to honor Katherine will be private. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Jimmy Fund, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via www.jimmyfund.org/gift

Condolence & Memory Journal

Wishing all the Holdens peace and consolation at the loss of Kay. The memories from West Hill Circle are flooding back to me (all too numerous to relate) BUT: sharing recipes, card parties when all the kids were in bed, summer and winter visits to the Degel Farm, New Year's Eve parties, etc. All happy, joyous occasions shared with our "Circle" family. Love to all, Betty

Posted by Betty Davidson    October 27, 2021

To Bobby, Elane, Brian, and family, I would like to express my deepest sympathies to all of you. Your mother was a wonderful woman and a joy to be around. I can still remember our Xmas get togethers all these years later. The old neighborhood wouldn´t have been the same without both your parents. They both lived long, productive lives. May they R.I.P.

Posted by Jack Thompson    October 23, 2021

Sending sympathy and prayers to the family of Kay. She was a joy to take care of at the Davenport Home and I know how much she loved her family.

Posted by Eleanor Hennessey - Exeter NH, NH   October 20, 2021

Condolences to the family , especiialy Bob, (GREENS) and to
Marjorie, MHS CLassmate& longtime neighbor

Posted by Virginia C. Marlin & Paul Marlin - Friend   October 19, 2021

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