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Elaine Holt

Elaine Holt, while surrounded by her family and friends, passed away peacefully October 11, 2007 in Sacramento after a six month fight with lung cancer.

Born May 1, 1930 in Evanston, Illinois to Irving and Lauraette Smith, she moved with her family to Belmont, California and graduated from Sequoia High School in 1948 excelling in English. Elaine met Jack Holt on a blind date, decided he was a keeper, and married him in August of 1957. The couple lived in many California communities before coming to Davis in 1974 to stay. Once in Davis, Elaine began work as a secretary at the University of California, and worked for Internal Medicine, Cardiology, and finally finished her career in the Chemistry department; where she was known for her excellent typing skills and helped several professors and graduate students prepare their books and dissertations for publishing. More importantly, Elaine was known for her candy dish and bright smile she had for every student or faculty member that approached her desk.

Elaine is survived by her sons Greg, Bob, Jim Holt, and Glen Thomas and their wives Bobbie, Holly, Stephanie and Dena; sister, Lauralee and brother-in-law Jack Verderame; grandchildren Jason, Rachael, Jeremy, Derek, Trevor, Harrison, Garret, Kaitlyn and Kyle; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who were all very dear to Elaine.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, October 20, 2007 at 11:30 A.M. in the UC Davis University Club and all those who knew and loved Elaine are encouraged to come.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Elaines memory to the American Lung Association.

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Greg, Bob, Jim, Glen, wives and children........ I felt honored when Bobbi & Greg, found my house and came by to tell me of Elaine's passing.. Elaine was a very special friend of mine! I first met Elaine when she came over to the Cardiology Department at UCD where I was working. What a great addition to the office! If you had a qustion about anything, Elaine always had the answer. She was such a loving, caring, person to all of us. She was truly a fantastic (yes, I use that word, because that was one of Elaine's favorite words!) individual. I will never forget her blue/blue eyes and little laugh, I can just see it coming from the picture in the Enterprise! Guess we better behave ourselves now, because she can watch all of us together at one time from above! She and Jack can have their cocktails" again! Love, Betty Paro

Betty Paro Oct 18 2007 12:00 AM

Dear Glen & Dena, We were so sorry to hear about Elaine. We know you were very close to her. She was a fun person to be with and very loving. "Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger generation. For they are us, our bodies are only wilted leaves on the tree of life." ~Albert Einstein Love, Darrin & Sandy Ogletree

Darrin & Sandy Ogletree Oct 18 2007 12:00 AM

Our thoughts are with Jim and his family.

Doug & Frances Austin Oct 18 2007 12:00 AM

Your family has always meant alot to me. You were always there. You Mom was a neat woman who was very proud of you 3 as was your Dad. Take Care.

Neal Oct 18 2007 12:00 AM

Greg and family, My heartfelt condolences to all of you. I hope all the years of memories of your mom/grandma will help ease the hurt that you're feeling. I'm so sorry that you had to lose her so soon. Hold on to the memories. God bless. Juanita

Juanita Harless Oct 17 2007 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathies to Greg, his siblings, and his family

Evan McDermott Oct 17 2007 12:00 AM