Nancy M. Holden, longtime community volunteer, dies

Nancy M. Holden, a homemaker and community volunteer, died Oct. 4 from a non-malignant brain tumor at the Edenwald Retirement Community in Towson. The former Guilford resident was 85.

The former Nancy Ann Morrison was born in Garden City, N.Y. She was the daughter of Jack Morrison, a salesman, and Lillian Neilson, a homemaker.


She moved with her family to Sudbrook Park in the 1940s. She was a graduate of Notre Dame Preparatory School and attended the College of Mount St. Vincent in the Bronx, N.Y.

She worked as an executive assistant at then-Olin Mathieson Chemical Corp. in Baltimore.


In 1960, she married Thomas J. Holden, who became a chief counsel for AAI Corp., a Hunt Valley-based aerospace and defense manufacturing firm. He died in 1991.

Mrs. Holden volunteered for many years with Union Memorial Hospital and the Maryland Colonial Society, and had served as president of those two organizations.

She also volunteered at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Edenwald and the Make-A- Wish Foundation.

“She did the tasks and chores that needed to be done, not for the recognition, but for helping others,” said son-in-law Frank Dickson of North Baltimore.

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She had been a 67-year member of the Baltimore Country Club, and had earned the distinction of being the first woman to head a committee at the club.

An inveterate world traveler, she had visited all seven continents, including trips to South Korea, Russia, China, Turkey, Egypt, Chili, Argentina and others, family members said.

The former Guilford resident moved to Edenwald six years ago.

Mrs. Morrison was a communicant of the Roman Catholic Shrine of the Sacred Heart, 1701 Regent Road, Mount Washington, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday.


She is survived by three daughters, Elizabeth “Liz” Holden Dickson and Ann Holden Harris, both of North Baltimore, and Lynn Holden Carhart of Montclair, N.J.; two sisters, Elizabeth M. “Betsy” Fair of Lutherville and Patricia M. Bowersox of Atlanta; and six grandchildren.

—Frederick N. Rasmussen