Rachel Bernice Holland, 98, passed away Friday, March 7, 2008, at The Gardens Care Center in Kingman. She was born in Thompson, Iowa, on March 10, 1909. Rachel graduated from Thompson High School in 1927, and in 1929, she enrolled in a nursing program in Waterloo, Iowa. She graduated and received her nurse's cap after three years of intense work and study, and was licensed as a registered nurse in 1932. In 1935, Rachel and her sweetheart, Therald Holland of Thompson, escaped for a weekend getaway to Quincy, Ill., across the Mississippi River and were married.
Rachel and Therald lived in Mason City, Iowa, until the December holidays of 1944 when they headed west for California with their two young sons. Thus began a new adventurous chapter in their lives. Rachel applied for and received her nursing license in the state of California and eventually in Arizona. She worked some shift duty but preferred private duty assignments, a nursing role in which she was eminently successful.
Continuing their adventure, Rachel and Therald moved to Kingman in 1960, where Rachel worked at the Mohave General Hospital for a short time before they moved back to California, first to Blythe and later to Santee, where she continued to do her private duty nursing. In 1967, they began their retirement preparations to Golden Valley.
In March 2003, her older son, Jerome, passed away in Wayland, Mass. Rachel is survived by her husband of 72 years, Therald Holland; her son, Jon and his wife Susan of Golden Valley; her daughter-in-law, Jerome's wife, Renata of Maynard, Mass. Also surviving are her four grandchildren, David Holland of Bedford, Mass., Steve Holland of Ames, Iowa, Kirsten Baltzly of Tempe, and Matthew Holland of Davis, Calif.
Arrangements have been made by Sutton Memorial Funeral Home of Kingman. Services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 14, at Grace Lutheran Church, 2101 Harrison St. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. at the church. Interment will be at Mountain View Cemetery, 1301 Stockton Hill Road, following the service.
Faith, family and her calling as a nurse were the most important priorities in Rachel Holland's life and work. She lived a good life and touched us all.