Geordes Lillian Holte passed away at the Thief River Care Center in Thief River Falls, MN, on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at the age of 97.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday, December 8, 2014 at Grace Lutheran Church, Grygla, MN, with Rev. Vicki Saude-Worthington officiating. Burial will follow at St. Olaf Cemetery, Grygla, MN.
Visitation will be held from 4-7PM, with a 7:00 PM Prayer Service on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at Johnson Funeral Service, Thief River Falls, MN. Visitation will also take place one hour prior to Geordes’s funeral on Monday at the church.
Geordes Lillian Mattison was born March 3, 1917 in Beltrami County, the daughter of Ed and Hanna (Muren) Mattison. She grew up and attended country school in Beltrami County and and was confirmed at Moose River Church. Later she earned her GED.
On January 19, 1941, Geordes was united in marriage to Palmer Holte. Together they made their home on Palmer’s grandfather’s farm in Eckvoll Township near Grygla. To this union seven children were born, Judy, Jane, Paul, Roger, Linda, Steven, and LeeAnn. Geordes worked alongside Palmer as they raised their family.
In the early years, Geordes worked in the potato fields. Later she also worked for Arctic Cat and the Grygla Café.
She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Grygla where she belonged to the Church circles and taught Sunday School. Geordes held memberships with the Grygla Lions, the Grygla VFW Ladies Auxiliary, and the Lull-A-While Homemakers Club. Geordes was a great cook and baker. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, sewing, reading, watching the Twins and especially spending time with grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great great-grandchildren, and friends.
Survived by 6 children, Judy (Richard) Miller, Goodridge, MN, Jane (Galen) Dahlen, Thief River Falls, MN, Paul (Vikki) Holte, Sioux Falls, SD, Linda (Jon) Efteland, Knoxville, TN, Steven (Shirley) Holte, Grygla, MN and LeeAnn Nelson, Thief River Falls, MN; 14 grandchildren, Robert (Marilyn) Miller, Tami (Tim) Irlbeck, Lyle Miller and Aaron (Jody) Miller, Jacqueline (Chris) Jorde, Karla (Wayne) Byklum, Josh (Danielle) Holte, Eric (Shannon) Efteland, Erica (Alex) Ford, Alexander (Allyson) Holte, Natalee (Jake) Schultz, Andrew (Amy Christianson) Holte, Jessica Pedersen and Meghan Nelson; 28 great-grandchildren, John (Amy) Miller, Casey (Ryan) Stromlund, Robbie Miller, Zachary Irlbeck, Forest, Ethan and Sierra Mickelson, Clay and Cheyenne Irlbeck, Abe and Henry Miller, Tabitha (Nic) Miller, Chelsey (Bryan) Sorvig, Jace Jorde, Dacotah and Darien Byklum, Lauren, Anders and Elin Holte, Jonas and Liam Efteland, Edward and Palmer Ford, Brecken, Isaiah, and Weston Holte, and Annaliese and Annika Pedersen; great great-grandchildren, Gage and Raegan Jane Miller, Jackson and Ellie Sorvig.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Palmer; son, Cpl Roger Holte killed in action in Vietnam; her parents and sisters, Evelyn Anderson, Ruby Bratteli, and Adeline Legg.
Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky