Mildred "Tut" HOLLAND, 95, of Sequin, Texas, formerly of the Beaconsfield area, died June 6, 2007, at Qualdalupe Valley
Nursing Center in Sequin, Texas. Mildred HOLLAND, daughter of Bess (FARLEY) and Harvey KITSELMAN, was born Aug. 30, 1911,
in Chariton. She graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1929. In December 1929, Mildred married Kenneth T. "Bill" HOLLAND.
She was a farm wife. Mildred moved to Mount Ayr in 1919. She lived on farms near Tingley from 1939 to 1940, then on a farm
near Beaconsfield from 1940 until 1952 when they moved to Des Moines where she worked as a secretary for the Des Moines
school system. Mildred moved to Sequin, Texas, in 1971. She was a member of the United Methodist Church.Survivors include
two children, Phyllis (husband Jack) MANNING of Kellerton and John (wife Anne) HOLLAND of Sequin, Texas; six grandchildren,
Linda MANNING, Janet MANNING, Vicki (husband Mike) HARRINGTON, Jennifer (husband Craig) GRIFFIS, Rebecca HOLLAND and Thomas
HOLLAND; granddaughter-in-law Emily HOLLAND; nine great-grandchildren, Joseph and Katie HARRINGTON, Christopher CALLAHAN,
Samantha STEFFENS, Meghann, Caroline and Stephen HOLLAND and Ruben and Amy HOLLAND; and sister Ruth DORAN of Rio Verde,
Ariz. Mildred was preceded in death by her parents, husband in 1980, grandson Gregory HOLLAND and brother John KITSELMAN.
[Interment was at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa.]
NOTE: Kenneth T. HOLLAND, husband of Mildred L.
(KITSELMAN), was born on March 4, 1910, and died October 9, 1980 with interment at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr.
Mildred Lee KITSELMAN was born August 30, 1911 in Chariton, Iowa, to Harvey and Bess (FARLEY) KITSELMAN. Her life
ended June 6, 2007 at the Guadalupe Valley Nursing Center in Seguin, Texas.
Her parents operated the “Fair Store” in Chariton until 1919, when they moved to Mount Ayr, Iowa, and opened a Fair
Store there. John and Ruthe KITSELMAN were her siblings, and she got her nickname “Tut” from John, who said “Tutter”
instead of “sister”.
Tut graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1929, and planned to go to nursing school, but she and Kenneth Thomas
"Bill" HOLLAND ran away and got married in December of that year. They had two children, Phyllis Lee and John Thomas.
Bill worked for his brothers: Arthur at the Mount Ayr Hotel, and Sam "Mutt" at the Holland Café, both businesses in
Mount Ayr. In 1938 Bill, Tut and children moved to a farm northeast of Tingley, Iowa, where they farmed until 1940.
They then moved to the KNIGHT farm, north of Beaconsfield, then the ONSTOT farm west of Beaconsfield, where they
lived until moving to Des Moines, Iowa, in 1952. Bill worked as a printer for the State of Iowa, and Tut was a
secretary in the Des Moines Public School system. Because of Bill’s ill health, they moved to Seguin, Texas in 1971,
where they lived close to son Tom and daughter-in-law Anne (O’NEAL) HOLLAND.
Tut was a wonderful pianist. She played piano for the Mount Ayr Methodist Church when she was 12 years old, then played
for the Beaconsfield Methodist Church when they moved there. She gave piano lessons to many children around
Beaconsfield, and played for the many Beaconsfield school programs. She was a member of the 1922 Club and the Ladies
Aid Society of the Methodist Church while in Beaconsfield.
Tut was a loving and caring person who involved herself in community volunteer work and was a finalist in the
“Volunteer of the Year” award in Seguin. She loved caring for and babysitting children, and also assisted elderly
persons, some of them younger than she was. When Bill died in 1980, she stayed in their home until her health failed,
moving to the nursing center in 2001, where she was cared for by loving hands.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother John, husband Kenneth “Bill” HOLLAND, and grandson Gregory
She is survived by her daughter Phyllis MANNING and husband Jack of Kellerton, Iowa, and their children, Linda
MANNING of Minneapolis, MN, Janet MANNING of Des Moines, IA, Vicki HARRINGTON and husband Mike of Adel, IA, and
children Joseph and Katie HARRINGTON; son John Holland and wife Anne of Seguin, Texas and their children: Jennifer
GRIFFIS and husband Craig of Raleigh, NC, and children Christopher and Samantha; daughter-in-law Emily HOLLAND of
Thibodaux, LA, and children Meghann, Caroline and Stephen; Rebecca HOLLAND of Mingo, Iowa, and her children Ruben
and Amy; and Thomas HOLLAND of San Antonio, Texas; her sister Ruthe DORAN of Rio Verde, Arizona; nieces and nephews
and many friends.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Beaconsfield United Methodist Church, or to the charity of one’s choice.
Services were held Saturday, June 23, 2007 at 2:00 p.m., United Methodist Church of Beaconsfield, Iowa.
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