WEST HARTFORD, CT - Mary (Rourke) Holden died peacefully on July 6th at Knollwood Nursing Center in Worcester, MA. She was 97 years old. She lived in West Hartford, CT for most of her life. She is survived by her sister Patricia Carpenter of St. Joseph, MI, son Chris P Holden and his wife Frances Holden of Millbury, MA, her son Roy M Holden of Rocky Hill, CT, granddaughter Leigh Holden Casillo and her husband Joseph Casillo, grandson Marc Holden and his wife Kelly Holden, grandson Ryan Holden, his wife Amanda Holden, and grandson, Nicholas Holden. She is also survived by 5 great grandchildren, her brother-in-law and his wife, Harold and Jane Holden, sister-in-law Joanne Miller, sister-in-law Marie Rourke and many nieces and nephews.
Mary was predeceased by her husband Malcolm P Holden, grandson Stephen P Holden, her brother James Rourke and sister Elizabeth Taylor
Throughout her life Mary carried herself with grace and dignity and enjoyed the company of others, especially her family and close friends. She loved to garden, spend time reading and enjoyed her daily walks with her friends at Westfarms Mall.
Mary grew up in Glastonbury, Connecticut and attended Rochester School of Dental Hygiene in Rochester, NY. She worked as a dental hygienist until her marriage to Malcolm Holden.
A private service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in Mary’s name to Grace Congregation Church, 110 South Road, Farmington, CT 06032 or The Employee Assistance Fund at Knollwood Nursing Center, 87 Briarwood Circle, Worcester, MA 01606.
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Grace Congregation Church
110 South Road, Farmington CT 06032
Employee Assistance Fund Knollwood Nursing Home
87 Briarwood Circle, Worcester MA 01606