Judith Ann Terry Holland, "Judy", of Pecos, passed away on January 29th with her husband and children by her side. She was 63 years old.
A viewing will be held on Tuesday, February 3rd, from 6 to 8 PM at Pecos Funeral Home's Chapel.
Funeral services will be held at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, February 4th at Pecos Funeral Home's Chapel with Fred Dominguez officiating. Burial will follow at Buffalo Cemetery in western Oklahoma on Saturday, February 7th.
Mrs. Holland was a devoted mother, daughter, wife, and friend, and a dedicated teacher and mentor to countless students at Pecos High School and Odessa College. She loved seeing people find success in their lives, whether that was in the form of college, a career, or a family. She strived to give each person what he or she needed to be successful at whatever they chose to do, always with as much support and encouragement possible. She will be missed by many.
Mrs. Holland was born in Clinton, Oklahoma, to W.O. and Thelma Terry on August 27th, 1951. Her family moved to Pampa, Texas when she was about 6 months old, where she lived until she graduated from Pampa High School in 1969. She attended West Texas State University in Canyon, Texas, where she met Walter Holland during their freshman year. They married June 5th, 1971, in Pampa, Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. Holland graduated from college in 1973 and moved to Pecos that fall. Mrs. Holland initially worked for Boswell Insurance and was a substitute teacher. In 1974, she became a caseworker for the area food stamps program. She was hired at Pecos High School in the fall of 1976 to teach shorthand and typing courses, eventually transitioning to Office Education courses in the early 80's after completing her Master's degree in Vocational Education at North Texas State University in 1984.
Mrs. Holland sponsored the PHS chapter of the Office Education Association (later Business Professionals of America), and often traveled the state and country to take her students to competitions. Her students were often employed at various businesses around town as a part of her courses. Mrs. Holland taught continuously at Pecos High School until she and her husband retired in 2009.
Mrs. Holland is survived by her husband, Walter, her children, Leia and Grant, her parents, W.O. and Thelma Terry, her beloved sisters, Carolyn Ruff, Denise Terry, and Lesa Morrow, and many, many more family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network or another preferred charity.
Our family extends our sincere thanks to the Pecos community, to the countless people who were a part of Mrs. Holland's life, and to the medical professionals in Pecos, Odessa, and Houston who helped her over the past year.