Audrey Jean Holm

Youth camp secretary, 74Audrey Jean Holm, 74, of Naselle, Wash., died Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2003, in Naselle of injuries received in an automobile accident.

Mrs. Holm was born Jan. 12, 1929, in Astoria to Andrew and Pearl Paju Mattson. She grew up in Deep River, Wash., where her father was a commercial fisherman. She attended Rosburg (Wash.) Elementary and Naselle High School, graduating in 1946. After high school, she worked at Appello's Store in Naselle.

On Feb. 19, 1951, she married Kenneth Holm at Naselle Lutheran Church. He died in 1985.

The couple lived in Albuquerque, N.M., where Kenneth served in the U.S. Air Force. After the completion of his military service, they returned to Naselle.

Mrs. Holm raised her family and again worked for Appello's. After her husband's death, she began working at the Naselle Youth Camp as night secretary and was employed there at the time of her death. Staff and residents often referred to her as the "resident grandmother."

She was a member of the Long Beach Elks No. 1937, the Astoria Eagles and the Astoria American Legion Post 12 Auxiliary. She attended Naselle Lutheran Church. Family members said she enjoyed attending movies, watching golf on TV, reading and attending her grandson's athletic events. She was an avid Naselle Comets supporter. To know her was to love her, family members said, and she always had a smile on her face. She dearly loved her daughter and grandchildren, according to family.

Mrs. Holm is survived by one daughter, Sherrill Holm of Gresham; a brother, Floyd Mattson of Naselle; one grandson, Greg Kilponen; and one granddaughter, Marcie Anderson. Her son, Ronald "Buck" Holm, preceded her in death.

A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Peaceful Hill Cemetery in Naselle.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ron Holm Scholarship Fund, care of Bank of the Pacific, Naselle branch.

Penttila's Chapel by the Sea in Long Beach, Wash., is in charge of arrangements.


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