Anna Marie Holm (Johnson) was born to Algot and Carrie (Hansen) Johnson on October 28th, 1937 in Fargo, ND. Her will to live and her strength was amazing throughout her Parkinson's disease, and she lived a long full life of 85 years old. On September 16th she passed away at Lilac Homes in Dilworth, MN. Her family was with her to provide a beautiful send-off she truly deserved.
As a young child her parents moved to Hawley, MN. She attended school there and graduated from Hawley High School in 1955. After graduation she worked at Riverside Inn in Hawley and then attended Moorhead State College before finishing her college education at Valley City State College receiving a degree in Education. She taught at Barnesville Elementary School for three years. In 1962 she married Thomas Holm and they made their home in Hawley, MN. Marie worked as a custodian for Hawley Lutheran Church for many years as well as Bell Bank. She also had done daycare for many years. She was known for her kindness and worked very hard to make sure her family had everything they needed. Marie enjoyed baking, gardening, dancing, traveling, playing cards, reading, drawing, and spending time with her family. She had coffee daily with her wonderful sisters and every year traveled with them shopping for antiques. Marie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved to bake and was especially known for her doughnuts, which she made for many people in the community.
The Lord crafted Marie so intentionally, she created beauty out of everything she touched. She was able to honor those around her in a way that spoke truth, grace, dignity and love. She made not just a house, but a home…a safe place for her children and grandchildren, a homemaker that showed her love through her baked goods, and homemade meals and creativity through her art, her jewelry, her clothing, her hairstyles- the way she presented herself, shows that she was an indeed an artist. All it took was one gentle smile from her, and one glance into her kind eyes, that spoke more than any words ever could, she was a warrior of love, the strongest woman we've known. How lucky we are to be loved and known by her. There will never be another Anna Marie, what a pure gift.
When grief is ever present, we can remember that so is joy. We can rejoice in the midst of grief that Anna Marie our grandma, our mom, our sister, our friend is free from pain, and suffering that comes in this world, and remember the homecoming that is taking place right now, she is home, welcomed into the kingdom of heaven, she is more alive now, then ever before. Thank you, Jesus.
She is survived by her four children, Mark (Connie) Holm, New Richland, MN, Wendy Krsnak of Fargo, Sheila (Steve) Timmer of Moorhead, Melissa Anderson of Fargo; six grandchildren, Logan Sherman, Jacob (Emily) Holm, Isaac (Mariah) Holm, Jade (Ryan) Novatny, Alexandra (Noah) Fuglestad, Skylar Timmer; great-grandchild, Honor Fuglestad and great-grandchild on the way, (Jacob (Emily) Holm); step-grandchildren, Kayla (Chris) Hanson and Matt (Brenda) Anderson; step-great-grandchildren, William & Dean Anderson, Chloe & Bentley Hanson; five sisters, Janet (Vern) Crabtree, Hawley, MN, Diane (Harlan) Hovelson, Hawley, MN, Katherine (Ken) Dahl, Hawley, MN, Virginia Tangen, Grand Forks, ND, Fran (Bill) Richter, Glyndon, MN; brothers, Gary Johnson and Darrell Johnson, Hawley, MN; sisters-in-law, Karen Johnson, Dundas, MN and Jeannie Johnson, Prior Lake, MN, Maydean Bissell, Johnstown, PA; brothers-in-law, Marvis Thompson of Perley, MN, Arlan (Anita) Holm of Fargo, Tony Holm of WA; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Algot (Carrie) Johnson; parents-in-law, Oscar (Evelyn) Holm; her husband, Tom Holm; brothers, William Johnson, Russell Johnson, Roger Johnson, and Paul Johnson; sister, Margie Thompson; sisters-in-law, Linda Halverson, Mary Doran; son-in-law, Chris Anderson; and brothers-in-law, Richard Tangen, Cliff Halverson, Doug Bissell, Irving Holm, Dennis Holm, Marvin Holm, and Ray Doran.
Visitation will be Monday, September 25, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., followed by the memorial service at 2:00 p.m., at Hawley Lutheran Church, Hawley, MN.