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Obituary: Holton, Patricia Anne (Pat)


Ming Yee Chen
Patricia Anne (Pat) Holton

Holton, Patricia Anne (Pat)


Patricia Anne (Pat) Holton passed away unexpectedly in her home June 14, 2021, at

age 76. Pat is survived by her two sons with their spouses, Richard and Julie

Salvatierra of Atlanta GA; Christopher and Rian Salvatierra of Hailey ID; brother and

sister-in-law Nelson Holton and Dee Hyslop of Boulder CO; nephew, Eric; four

grandchildren, Kate, Carson, Isla and Zane; cousins and their families.

Pat was born May 17, 1945, in Gloversville, NY to Valerie Cummings Holton and Nelson Laurence Holton, while Nelson was stationed in Greenland during WWII. After Nelson

returned home, they moved to Greenbelt and then to Beltsville, MD. Pat graduated from

High Point High School and the University of Maryland.

Pat loved travel and adventure and visited various countries as a young adult and then

later with her sons, Richard and Christopher. She enjoyed vacationing with family on the

Delaware/Maryland coast. There were few who ate crabs and clams with more gusto.

She loved her family dearly and often flew to Atlanta to see Rich, Julie, and her

grandchildren Kate and Carson. Just as frequently, she would fly to Napa to visit Chris,

Rian, and her grandchildren Isla and Zane (now in Hailey, Idaho). She also loved music

and dancing. When at home, she was often playing her piano or listening to all different

kinds of music.

Pat worked at the APWU Health Plan where she enjoyed the camaraderie of her co-

workers and associates and was dedicated to the mission of expanding benefits to

postal workers and others. She was set to retire July 1.

Pat was a wonderful mother and loving sister. She spoke warmly of her close friends

and their importance in her life. She was quick with a laugh and loving kindness,

interacted with discretion and hidden strength, and exemplified morality and honesty.

Her warm smile and caring words, understanding, support, conviction, and upstanding

nature will be sorely missed.

A Celebration of Life will be held at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 4512 College Ave, College Park, MD in College Park at 1:00 pm July 16.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donating in Pat’s memory

to Prince George’s County Memorial Library Foundation, Books from Birth, providing

books to children ages 0-5, pgcmls.info/donate (or call Shelly O’Brien 301.699.3500) or

to Hungry for Music, which provides musical instruments for children and teachers,

hungryformusic.org.

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