Halcyone Holt

Halcyone Frances Wheeler Holt, 90, died on Sunday, September 16, 2012 at her home in Frankfort, Kentucky.

Halcyone was born on September 29, 1921 in a log cabin; the first of two children.

She received a bachelor’s degree from Asbury College and a master’s in religious education from Scarritt Teachers College. She taught junior and senior high school for 28 years.

She began teaching Sunday School at the age of 12 and continued until her death 78 years later. She served as a deaconess and under the Board of Missions of Muhlenberg County until she married. She was a longstanding member of the United Methodist Church where she was several times president of the United Methodist Women and was a member of the Wesleyan Guild. Halcyone hosted two Bible studies in her home and was instrumental in starting the Chapel at Ashwood Place. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mark and Mary Wheeler, her husband Allen Holt, and her son Mark Holt.

Survivors include two daughters, Marilynn Cunningham and Frances (William) Crumbaugh; a daughter-in-law, Carol Holt; nine grandchildren, Cheri (William) Snyder, Elizabeth (Philip) Poindexter, Ronda (John) Webber, Stephanie (Aaron) Wagner, William (Amy) Crumbaugh, Kimberly (Brian) Harvey, Robert (Abby) Cunningham, Nathan Holt, and Rachel (Daryl) Swartzentruber; fifteen great-grandchildren; and a brother, Ruric (Joyce) Wheeler. 

Halcyone claimed her greatest accomplishment was her three children, nine grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.She wanted to be remembered as a praying woman. Although she lived up to her name, Halcyone, which means calm and peaceful, she was bold for the Lord. 

Pallbearers will be her grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Rogers Funeral Home at 507 West 2nd Street and from 1:00-2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at Frankfort First United Methodist Church at 211 Washington Street. The funeral service will be on September 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm at Frankfort First United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made to Frankfort First United Methodist Church, 211 Washington Street, Frankfort, KY 40601 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Kentucky/Southern Indiana, 6100 Dutchmans Lane, Suite 401, Louisville, KY 40205.

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  • I have always admired Halceyon and have had the highest respect for her. I am so sorry that she is no longer with us. She will be greatly missed by all that knew her. Halceyon was a wonderful and loving aunt. I want to extend my deepest sympathy to Marilyn,Fran and all of their families during this difficult time. You are indeed in my thoughts and prayers. Jane