Funeral services for Dee Holst, 89 year old Buffalo woman who passed away quietly Wednesday afternoon at the Johnson County Health Care Center, surrounded by her family and friends, will be held Saturday, March 26th at 10:00 a.m. at the Adams Funeral Home Chapel in Buffalo with Reverend John Dice officiating. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. Interment will be in Willow Grove Cemetery with graveside services to follow the funeral. Donations in Mrs. Holst’s memory may be made to the Union Congregational Church in care of the Adams Funeral Home.
Martha Helen Cordelia Holst was born on August 30, 1921 in a log cabin near Saum, Minnesota to Peter and Minnie Nordby. She started her education in rural schools near Argusville , North Dakota. Because her mother died when she was six years old, she was raised by her grandmother and three aunts in Fargo, North Dakota. After graduating from Fargo High School in 1938, she attended Moorhead State Teacher College in Moorhead, Minnesota for two years and then taught school in Minnesota and North Dakota for three years before her marriage to Ernest Holst in 1943. She became the mother of two daughters, Kari and Terry. She resumed teaching when Terry was in first grade in 1954. During her 29 plus years of teaching, she taught in Wyoming at Burns, Sundance, Torrington, Cody, Farson and Savageton. She was one of four finalists for Wyoming teacher of the year in 1976. Taking summer school through the years Dee received her a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education in 1962. After retiring from Sundance in 1986, she substitute taught for five years in Sundance. In 1999 they moved to Selz, North Dakota where Mr. Holst passed away in 2005. Dee then moved to Buffalo, Wyoming where she was a volunteer teacher and continued to live until the time of her death.
Dee loved children and loved to teach. She has been expressing her thoughts through poetry for more than 70 years and has had many poems published. Dee’s poetry reflected her gentle spirit and gracious manner, traits that allowed her to see and appreciate the simple things of life.
She is survived by two daughters Kari Deck and her husband Al of Harvey, North Dakota and Terry Madison of Monument, Colorado; four grandchildren; five great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, two brothers and one sister.