Nora Lee (Temple) Holdman

Born: Thu., Jun. 21, 1934
Died: Mon., Jul. 30, 2018


Recitation of the Rosary

7:00 PM Fri., Aug. 03, 2018
Location: Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, Folsom-Bishop


Funeral Mass

9:00 AM Sat., Aug. 04, 2018
Location: St. Andrews


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Nora Lee Holdman was born June 21, 1934 in Pendleton, Oregon. She was the daughter of Lee and Celeste Friedman Temple. She was the oldest of 4 children, followed by brothers Joe, Mike and Tim.

Nora Lee grew up on a farm on Yellow Jacket Road out of Pilot Rock and attended the historical Byrd School House. Her family later moved to Pendleton where she completed her education at St Joseph’s academy. After graduating from high school at the age of 16, Nora Lee attended Eastern Oregon College where she received her teaching credentials and met her future husband, Ben Holdman.

Ben and Nora Lee were married June 11, 1955 and had four children, Pam (deceased), Vicki, Robyn and Chris. She took several years off from teaching to raise her four children and then returned as a teacher in Helix when her children were all in school. She taught for over 17 years before retiring.
Nora Lee and Ben enjoyed travelling and they had the opportunity to visit many countries, including her favorite, China, twice.

Nora Lee was also very active in her community. She was an avid bridge player, a member of Tea at Two (TAT), a past president of the local chapter of the Delphian Society, a past president of Pendleton Country Club’s Women’s Board, and led a women’s investment club in Pendleton for several years. She loved volunteering at the Umatilla County Historical Society and its thrift store, and for the Pendleton Art Center. She was an avid supporter of the arts, often hosting home stays for guest musicians for the Eastern Oregon symphony. She and her husband, Ben, golfed, and were members of a Great Decisions Group and Kilkare. She was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church, attending St Mary’s church and later St Andrew’s parish in Mission.

Nora Lee is survived by her husband Ben Holdman, two brothers Mike and Tim Temple, daughters Vicki Kimbrel and Robyn Holdman, son Chris Holdman, two son-in-laws John Dunlap and Dan Cavagnaro, daughter-in-law Katy Holdman, and eight grandchildren.

In lieu of a gift of flowers, please make a donation in her memory to the Umatilla County Historical Society.

A Vigil will be held Friday, August 3, 2018 at 7:00 pm at the Pendleton Pioneer Chapel. A Funeral Mass will be at St Andrew’s Mission at 9:00 am on Saturday, August 4th.

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Robert J Park
   Posted Wed August 01, 2018
Dear Ben, Vicki, Robyn and Chris -

I was very sorry to read about Nora Lee's passing. She was a great person and a good friend when we taught together in Helix. I really missed her when I returned to Helix in 2005.

I give you this one thought to keep--
I am with you still --
I do not sleep--
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on the ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not think of me as gone--
I am with you still in each new dawn.

You have my deepest sympathy -

Bob Park
“Life is a dream walking, death is a going home.” - Chinese Proverb

Helen Evers
   Posted Wed August 01, 2018
Eddie and I were very sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are prayers are with the family.

MerrieSue and Pete Dobert
   Posted Fri August 03, 2018

We are sending our love and sympathy to the entire Holdman Family. May beautiful memories of Nora Lee flood your hearts.

M. Jones
   Posted Sat August 11, 2018
Please accept my heartfelt condolences. No words can erase the pain and emptiness we feel when we lose a dear loved one. The scriptures give us hope in Revelation 21:4, "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning, nor outcry, nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away." What a wonderful promise to look forward. Death and pain was not God's purpose for us. When this promise is fulfilled we will enjoy life the way our Grand Creator, Jehovah God purposed for us.....life on earth forever (Psalms 37:11,29).

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