Your wings were ready but our hearts were not.
Edna Jeanette Bodine Holdren, age 83, went to be with her Heavenly Father on June 2, 2020. She was born in Harriman, Tennessee to Arthur Anderson Bodine and Maude Lucille Bodine.
She is survived by her 5 children, Suzanne (Roger) Williams of Roanoke, VA, Patricia Holdren of Dayton, TN, Kim (Kris) Dixon of Chattanooga, TN, Rick (Jennifer) Holdren of Jackson, TN, and David (Melissa) Holdren of Hendersonville, TN.;8 grandchildren, Kristin Dixon, Sarah (Robbie) Jones, Patrick (Kazia) Williams, Brittany (Kyle) Harris, Matthew Holdren, Houston Holdren, Abby Holdren and Emma Holdren; and 7 great grandchildren, Jacob Jones, Aaron Jones, Attie Dixon, Hudson Williams, Matthew Jones, Briella Harris and Harrison Williams.
Faith, family and service to others accurately describes her life. Everything she did was in service to the Lord and she leaves behind a legacy of her unwavering faith and character in everyone she met. She was part of the founding of Lake Drive Church of Christ in Roanoke, VA. While living most of her life in Roanoke, she moved to Tennessee 9 years ago and was a faithful member of Hendersonville Church of Christ and for the last 3 years, Tyner Church of Christ. She loved to lift her voice in praise and was a beautiful alto.
As an early childhood educator, she selflessly gave her all for 50+ years and molded hundreds of young minds in the Roanoke, VA area. She imparted on them the importance of being good and doing good works in service to others. She ensured that every child who crossed her threshold was safe, healthy, and happy. She believed in sowing seeds into future generations and building a legacy of faith, hope, and confidence in our God. She loved each and every one as if they were her own.
She was loved by so many and her passing has left a void in many hearts. Being together with family brought her so much joy. While she may no longer be here physically, we will still see her everywhere the light shines, in our service to others and in the retelling of her story. She will forever be our angel.
In memory of our mother, Edna Jeanette Holdren, the family’s wish is that in lieu of flowers, donations be directed to Rhea of Sunshine (400 Greenway Boulevard, Dayton, TN 37321). Rhea of Sunshine provides services to adults who have intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and they operate in a group home setting in the Dayton, TN area. All contributions will directly impact Patricia and other residents at Rhea of Sunshine who benefit from the extraordinary works this organization provides.
A memorial service and celebration of life will be conducted at a later date.
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