Mary Osha Holt, 95, formerly of Sulphur Hollow, Hancock County, passed away on Saturday, December 2, 2017 in Indiana, where she had resided since 1953. She was born in Sedalia, Tennessee on December 17, 1921, the first-born of the seven children of Hugh and Amanda Cole Walker. She struck out into the wider world as an energetic young woman, doing her bit to help win WW II by working for the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, which developed in the first atomic bomb.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Raleigh Holt, the tall soldier from up in Rebel Hollow that she tried not to notice too much as she and her sisters walked home from church one Sunday. They married in 1948, started a family and moved up North, returning annually to bask in the Southern warmth of family and friends.
As a widow, Osha as a widow delighted in her grand kids and great grand kids, traveling, singing and engaging in sassy conversation (which sometimes became heated debates). Her smile, her sparkling eyes and her attention could make your day.
Osha is survived by her children, Fugate Holt and Phyllis McKee, their spouses Barbara Holt and Larry McKee, four grandchildren (Jeff and Andy McKee, Kelsey Ault and Walker Holt), six great grandchildren, as well as her sisters, Ruby Snyder and Bobbie Clifton. Osha’s four brothers, Frank, James, Floyd and Morgan, have passed but will meet her in the next life.
We love you Mom, and we are grateful to the God who created you and who gave you your faith.
Services will be on Saturday, December 9, 20217 at the Little Mulberry Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Taylor-Holt burial ground in Rebel Hollow, Hancock County.
The family will receive friends on Saturday after 11:00 AM until the funeral hour.