Dorothy Lee Sexton Holden, 87, of Hendersonville, NC passed away after almost 3 months of not being able to return to her home due to her many failing illnesses. In the early morning hours on Sunday, August 21, 2022, God called her to her Heavenly home.
She was born on January 7, 1935, in Hendersonville, NC to the late William Lee and Mary Cagle Sexton. Her mother Mary died when Dorothy was thirteen months old and her 14-year old sister Katherine Sexton helped raise her. She had 2 older brothers, Clyde and Grady, and one younger sister Janice Jean, all who preceded her in death. Dorothy met Bobby Joe Holden while attending Fairforest High School in Spartanburg, SC. They dated and were later married, then moved to Homestead, FL.
Dorothy enjoyed selling Avon products, Parklane Jewelry, and oh yes…Girl Scout cookies. She was an assistant GS Leader. She worked several years as a bookkeeper at Southmost Packing House on the Farmers Market. She then became a traffic manager for nearly 40 years with DiMare of Homestead, FL. Dorothy would also work at DiMare Packing House on Johns Island, SC in the summer months. When she was 60 she got her Real Estate license, and earned many awards as a realtor for Century 21 in Homestead. She acquired a dual license while she lived part-time here in NC. We were all so very proud of all of her accomplishments. But she was most proud of all her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. She enjoyed having family gatherings at her home, whether Sunday dinners after church, or celebrations for any and all occasions. She decorated for all holidays, but her favorite time of year was most definitely, Christmas! She would wrap gifts for her family, friends, and everyone she worked with.
She had a lifetime membership after reaching her goal weight of 120lbs at Weight Watchers in 1990. She was a lifetime member of the Ladies Auxiliary at VFW Post 4127. She was a long-time member of the Church of the Nazarene while living in Homestead, Fl. While living her later years in Hendersonville, NC., Dorothy enjoyed being able to watch Pastor Greg from Mud Creek Baptist Church on her TV, although she did like to attend Sunday morning services when she was able. She loved spending the day with her beloved fat cat, Miss Kitty on her lap.
A Celebration of Her Life will be held on Sunday, September 4, 2022, on Labor Day Weekend. In remembrance of Dorothy, we will not be mourning her, but celebrating her. Please wear bright colored clothes or something you know she would have worn! We know she touched many lives, and we would love to hear from you if she in any way touched yours!
Mud Creek Church Family Life Center
403 Rutledge Dr.
Hendersonville, NC 28739