Carolyn Frances Holden, affectionately called “Bobbie,” was born on July 9, 1930 to Raymond and Annie Townsend in Horntown, Virginia. She gained her wings and departed this life early Thursday, November 16, 2023 after an extended illness.
At an early age, she accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior and became a long-serving member of Dea’s Chapel United Methodist Church. She served in many capacities including the United Methodist Women, Adult Fellowship Choir, Finance Committee, and the Trustee Board. She could always be counted on to help and cut up with ladies cooking in the kitchen. She was especially known for her clam fritters. Bobbie received her education in the public schools of Accomack County. She later received a cosmetology license. She worked for many years at Golden Pride Poultry and retired as a USDA Food Inspector.
Bobbie was united in holy matrimony to Houston Lee Holden on February 20, 1953. He lovingly referred to her as “Dump,” for the dumplings he loved for her to fix. They enjoyed 53 years of marriage and kept a mistletoe hanging up year round. Although she was not blessed to be a mother, she loved as a mother to her many nieces and nephews. Bobbie shared her love with everyone and was not selfish in spreading it always with an easy smile, laugh, and “Hey!” to greet you. She loved nothing more than spending time with family, especially her sisters cutting up around the kitchen table while cooking meals. In her final years, she took much pleasure in spending long hours in her Find-A-Word puzzle books and gazing out over the water while on Fran’s porch.
Bobbie was preceded in death by her husband, Houston; parents, Raymond and Annie; brothers, Raymond, Jr, Vernon, and Albert; sister, Gloria; and constant companion, her dog, Tasha Mae.
Left now to cherish her memory are her sisters, Barbara (Paul) Savage of Washington, DC and Doris Cropper of Horntown, VA; god-daughter/niece, Francine Savage of Newcomb, MD; and host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.