In Loving Memory of Linda Lea Holtz – Our Family’s Heart

Linda Holtz
Date Of Birth: 04/29/1944
Date of Death: 09/03/2022

Linda was born in Petaluma, California to Charles and Thelma Cope. She had an older brother, Colin, and a twin sister, Lena. Linda spent her childhood in Oklahoma and Illinois. In high school, she and her twin sister worked as carhops where Linda met the love of her life, Dennis Holtz.

They were married on Sept. 22, 1962, and decided to move out West to start a family. After settling in Colorado, they had their three children: Tamara, Stephanie, and Matthew. As a family, they embraced their desire to live in beautiful places with lots of mountain terrain. In the mid-1970’s, the family moved to the Land of Enchantment – New Mexico. This is where Linda developed her love of spicy food and hot peppers. She even hung some very busy cactus wallpaper in the kitchen.

In 1980, the family moved to the Last Frontier – Alaska. Where Linda dealt with bald eagles and bears in her front yard and was once attacked by a hive of wasps when she dug into an old tree stump. In the winter, she would take on the task of shoveling the snow off the roof of the family home.

When Dennis retired, the family moved to Washington. She and Dennis built a beautiful home. During this time, her decorating style changed to Victorian with lots of roses and pink accents throughout the home. This home was her very favorite of all the homes she had ever lived in.

After their children left the nest, Dennis and Linda, along with Matthew and his young family, moved to Florida to be by Stephanie. Once settled, Linda realized that she may be an old person, but she did not want to be surrounded by them. She wanted to move back to the Pacific Northwest. Linda found a new home she loved in their oldest daughter’s neighborhood. Linda and Dennis moved for the last time in 2004 to Hillsboro, Oregon.

Throughout all the years, Linda stayed focused on her raising her family as its designated Domestic Engineer. She had a passion for the Lord, studying the Bible and attended church faithfully. Linda was a quiet beauty who found humor in unusual situations. She would rather work in the yard any day over cooking. She was known for following her kids around with her camera, always capturing those special moments that we now treasure more than ever.

Linda heard God’s whisper calling her home and held on tight to her family until all of her strength was gone and she could no longer fight. Linda landed with both feet in heaven on Sept. 3, 2022 after battling a brain tumor, Alzheimer’s, and finally cancer. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Dennis, her daughters, Tamara Prince and Stephanie Correa, her son, Matthew Holtz, and her grandchildren, Christian Holtz, Clemente Correa, Grace Correa, and Gabrielle Prince.

The Broken Chain

We little know that morning that God was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly: in death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone.
For part of us went with you, the day God called you home.
You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide.
And though we cannot see you, you are always at our side.
Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same.
But as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.

-Author Unknown

Linda’s wish was that her family would always stay close. We will honor her wish.

A private interment will be held at Willamette National Cemetery on Sept. 27, 2022.

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