Alice's Story

BANGOR - Our beautiful Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Sister and Friend Alice "Emma" Holt passed away September 4, 2015 at the age of 84 surrounded by her loving family.

Emma was born in Portland, Maine on March 7th, 1931, the daughter of the late Roland F. Capen & Lumina Cote Capen. She grew up in Auburn, Maine, graduated from Edward Little High School in 1950. She worked in several Insurance Agencies as a CSR, then studied and later received her Agents License. She worked in the Insurance field 35 years before retiring.

She loved playing cards of all sorts, Bridge, Pinochle, Hand & Foot, and knitting.

On July 3rd, 1950 she married Robert H. Holt who was a firefighter for the city of Auburn.

Emma was dedicated to the community and worked in several places. She was leader of Girl Scout Troop 150 of New Auburn. She was secretary to the ELHS Band while her daughters were majorettes. She was president of the Women's Auxiliary of the Auburn Fire Department, known as the Sparketts. She belonged to the Insurance Women of Southern Maine and was a charter member of the Insurance Women of Androscoggin County.

In 1992, she moved to Sacramento, California, where she lived for 7 years. She was a Eucharistic Minister at St. John's Church in Carmicheal, California and belonged to the New Comers Club. She joined the bridge group, and two Pinochle groups, one a traveling one. She made many new friends. She moved back to Sabattus, Maine and was a Eucharistic Minister at Holy Cross Church in Lewiston, and was on the council group which was involved in their fund raising projects. She moved to Hampden in 2004 and was President of the Senior Citizens, and worked at different functions. She was a volunteer at Roe Village Senior Lunch on Tuesdays, worked at Seniors at the Kiwanis Hall on Thursday for Lunches. She also Volunteered at the Food Cupboard in Hampden and volunteered at St. Joseph's Hospital in the gift shop once a week.

Emma loved life and shared so many happy memories with her husband Robert who predeceased her in October of 2012. Family was always her focus. She was always giving of herself and asked little in return.

Christmas was always a favorite time of year and she would make a big deal about it. So many wonderful memories were shared during the holiday and we will remember them for years to come.

She was very involved with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and always made time to make sure she was there for as many events in their lives as possible, which were many.

She is survived by her three children and their spouses, Nancy Heroux and husband Raymond of Bangor, Debra Tardif and husband Dana of Hampden, Marc Holt and wife Phyllis of Hartford, Maine, five grandsons, Michael Tardif and wife Megan of Hampden, Scott Tardif of Belgrade, Mt, and Sean Tardif and wife Johanna of Bangor, Jas and Jonathan Holt of Hartford, Maine, 5 step-grandchildren Kim, Craig, Laurie, Jennifer and Julie of Massachusetts, great grandchildren Allayna (Ally), and Charlotte Tardif of Hampden, Darcy, Daphne and Miles Tardif of Bangor, Brooke, Levi, Catelynn and Zeppelin Holt of Hartford, 8 step-great-grandchildren, Dameon, Mathew, Ryan, Jacob, Andrew, Alexander, Grace, Jillian, and Nathan. They were the joy of her life. She was also survived by three sisters, Nancy L. Lindgren of Jay, Rolande Poulin and husband Bertrand of Sun City, Florida, Arlene Lizotte of Roseville, California, and a special sister-in-law, Joyce Capen of Leeds.

She was predeceased by a son, Donald Robert Holt in 1952, her parents Roland and Lumina, sister Jeannette Menard and husband Paul, brother John Capen, and brother-in-law Robert Lindgren.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday September 9, 2015 at the Hampden-Gilpatrick Chapel of Brookings-Smith, 45 Western Ave., Hampden. A funeral Mass will be held at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, St Matthew's Catholic Church Western Ave, Hampden on Thursday, September 10, 2015, at 11 a.m. followed by the Rite of Committal at Mt. Pleasant Catholic Cemetery, Bangor. Those wishing to remember Alice in a special way may make gifts in her memory to the Hampden Neighborhood Food Cupboard, 101 Main Road North, Hampden, ME 04444. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com
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