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June 10, 1946 - December 12, 2021
Holleman, Catherine Jean, 75, of DeSoto, MO passed away peacefully with her children and dear friend by her side from her tough battle with Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma on December 12, 2021.
Catherine was preceded in death by her loving husband of 48 years, Bobby Rex Holleman; beloved son Gregory; her mother Catherine McKenzie; uncles Paul Linville and Kenny Steckman; nephews Timothy Hilliard, Thomas Hilliard, and Ronald Davidson; sister-in-law Shirley McKenzie; and great-niece Rachel Warren.
Catherine is survived by her beloved sons Patrick and David Holleman (Pamela Bechler and her daughter Lilian Schneider); sister Roberta (Duane) Mahlo; brothers Michael (the late Shirley) McKenzie and Ronald (Nancy) McKenzie; aunt Agnes (the late Paul) Linville; nieces Donna (the late Ronald) Davidson, Sherry Bechtle, Diana (Ben) Meyer, Patricia Smith, and Christina (Stanley) Baker; nephews Kenneth McKenzie, Richard Butler, Mark Linville, and Glen Linville; great-nieces Beth (Justin) Hamilton, Nicole (John) Reese, Amanda Davidson, Linda Meyer, Catherine (Ramsey) Hoffman, Mary Meyer, Summer Dawn Hilliard, Shannon Bechtle, Kristen Bechtle, Tiffany Brown, Paulina Baker, and Hannah Baker; great-nephews Matthew Hilliard, Joshua Edwards, Corey Smith, Daniel Hilliard, Dakota Smith, Joseph Butler, Alexander Butler, Christian Butler, and Matthew Linville; great-great-nieces Raelyn Hamilton, Arya Davidson, Taveah Brown, Kairi Bechtle, Natalie Waln, Nevaeh Waln, Gracie Waln, Tessy Lorenz, and Amelia Hoffman; great-great-nephews Gavin Hamilton, Credence Reese, Xander Baker, and Tavanta Brown; and beloved friends Linda Cruise, Linda (Wayne) Stein, Susan Walls, Debbie (the late Jeffery) Cresswell, Betty (the late Steve) Simms, Margie Allen, Matthew (Christa) Russo, Frank Russo, Joseph (Hannah) Ellis, Chris (Becky) Farrell, Travis Cresswell as well as the entire Holleman, Adams, Farmer, Moore, Malone, Smith, Calvert, Whaley, Davidson, Russo, Farrell, Ellis, Simms, Thrasher, and Cresswell families.
Catherine served 33 years as a Girl Scout troop leader and received numerous awards for her service. She worked for several years as a switchboard operator at Southwestern Bell and later as a licensed real-estate agent at Century 21 Heartland Realty.
The pride and love that Catherine had for her family and friends knew no bounds. She inspired them to reach for the stars, be the best they could be, and was the rock that provided comfort when they faltered. Catherine was their safe haven in a storm. She touched so many and seamlessly made it a point to make all those she encountered feel important and special.
“A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again.” -Maya Angelou
Visitation will be held Sunday, December 19 from 3 to 7 pm at Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home, 220 N. Main St., DeSoto, MO. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, December 20, at 10 am at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 504 S. 3rd St., DeSoto, MO. Interment will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Human Society of Missouri, 1201 Macklind Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110.Photo Slideshow