Lillian Holt

Lillian Hofstra Holt, 91, passed away, March 26, 2013, at Saint Luke’s Northland Hospital after a cerebral hemorrhage. She was born November 9, 1921, to Rose A. (Becker) and George J. Hofstra in Leavenworth, Kan., at the family home on Market Street.

After graduation from Leavenworth High School and business college in Kansas City, Mo., Lillian joined the war effort, working in Washington D.C. in the defense industry, and began a long career in the U.S. Federal Civil Service.

Not liking Washington much, she returned to Kansas City to a position in the Internal Revenue Service. A few years later, she began work at Fort Leavenworth, where she was in the finance department and then was a systems analyst, beginning with early mainframe computers, until her retirement. Retirement soon gave way to commuting to Kansas City to work for Waddell and Reed, where she continued her interest in the expanding capabilities of information technology. Lillian was the first digitally literate person in her family.

Lillian loved to travel in the United States and abroad, independently and with her sisters, Virginia and Elaine. Favorite trips included the Netherlands, ancestral home of the Hofstras, and locations for the University of Kansas basketball team away games. Lillian was a passionate Jayhawk basketball fan, with lasting recall of favorite players and their statistics over years. For nearly three decades, Lillian and her sisters were valued season ticket holders, with seats on the floor of Allen Fieldhouse. She loved other sports, too, especially Kansas City Athletics baseball (in old Municipal Stadium, always with a stop at Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque), and Chicago Bears football in the days of George Halas.

Lillian was a wonderful daughter, sister, cousin, colleague, friend and aunt. As “Aunt Cookie” to three generations of nieces and nephews, she was always ready to play a game, hide an Easter egg, cheer an accomplishment or listen to a story. She had wide-ranging curiosity, a lively sense of humor and a generous willingness to see the best in most every circumstance. She will be greatly missed.

Lillian was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Virginia Hofstra; her brothers, Harold and Leonard Hofstra; and her niece, Susan Hofstra Butzin. She is survived by her sister, Elaine Hofstra; her sister-in-law, MaryAnn Hofstra; her nephews Phillip (Jane Mobley), David (Lynne Tillman), Terry (Marilyn), and Gordon Hofstra; niece Linda Hofstra, grand- and great-nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Monday, April 1, 2013, at the R. L. Leintz Funeral Home, and a service will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mt. Muncie Cemetery. The family requests memorial gifts to the Capital Fund of the First Presbyterian Church, Leavenworth, Kan., or to a charity of choice.