“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his faithful servants.” Psalm 116:15 (NIV)
Laura Knight Holland, who was affectionately known as Frances to many in her family, was born on February 23, 1936, in Pensacola Florida.
She was married to Attorney William E. Holland and gave birth to two adoring sons, Kevin Eugene Holland and the late Shawn Knight Holland.
Though Laura was an entrepreneur and businesswoman, her passion and life’s work were in the field of education. She was the first in her family to graduate from college, earning a Bachelor of Education degree from Chicago State University in 1962, a Master of Science degree from the University in Chicago in 1973, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Education degree, in the Graduate College of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in 1994.
Laura loved imparting knowledge to others and empowering them to excel. These gifts served her well as she was a teacher, counselor, consultant, and administrator for the Chicago Board of Education, for over 30 years. She also served as an education consultant for DePaul University.
Laura was a beloved disciple of Jesus and was baptized into Christ on December 27, 2008. She was a member of the Chicago church of Christ.
Laura’s heroic and sacrificial love for her family and others lives in our hearts. She has our love as well, forever. Laura is survived by an adoring family including her son Kevin, his wife Tracena, her daughter-in-law Sheena, three beautiful granddaughters, Tory, Taylor, and Kennidy Holland, numerous brothers and sisters in Christ and dear friends.
Laura entered Paradise on Saturday, December 13, 2014.
I will always love and honor you Mom. Thank you forever. Rest in peace and joy eternal.