Amy Holland

Obituary of Amy Marie Holland

Amy Marie (Davenport) Holland, born 1931 in Coquille, Oregon, came from a family of loggers and dairy farmers in the Myrtle Point area. In her early years, she trekked 3 miles each way to attend a one-room schoolhouse. She subsequently transferred to a closer school but still had a 2 mile walk each way. Later she relocated to Eugene to pursue her education at the University of Oregon. It was there that she met Otis Holland on a blind date during a school dance, and they embarked on a remarkable 63-year marriage until his passing in 2014. Together, they raised five children.


Despite the demands of caring for her young children, Amy persevered and attended classes at the U of O, earning her Bachelor degree and becoming an English teacher. She dedicated many years to substitute teaching. Amy had a passion for golf and achieved the impressive feat of hitting three hole-in-ones in her lifetime. She served as the President of the Eugene Country Club Women's Club and was a member of the Jaycette’s board, helping raise funds for park animal statues, including the whale statue at Skinners Butte playground and the dinosaur statue at Amazon Park.


Throughout their marriage, the Hollands created cherished memories in the various homes they inhabited. They embraced the country life in Coburg before residing on the Eugene Country Club golf course and eventually settling along the McKenzie River. Amy even built her final home at the remarkable age of 86. Additionally, the family built a vacation home in Black Butte Ranch, where they hosted joyful gatherings for their children and grandchildren. These special events were full of M&Ms, card games, and golf competitions affectionately known as "Holland Daze."


On July 6, 2023, Amy passed away at the age of 92 due to congestive heart failure, joining her beloved Otis in Heaven. She is survived by her daughters Debbie Anderson of King City, Bonnie of Portland, Kim Holland-Turley of Eugene, Jill Thomson (Tom) of Eugene, and son Derek (Cheryl) of Portland. Amy also leaves behind nine grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. A celebration of her life will take place on July 18th. For further details, please reach out to the family. In honor of Amy's memory, consider indulging in activities she cherished—read a book, work on a crossword puzzle, paint a picture, or play a round of golf.


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