The class of 1970 proudly offer you Mrs. Lucille Friend Holden as a person dedicated to contributing to and serving her community; first as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) and later as owner of an eldercare home. Mrs. Holden is the personification of the saying, “let me see your sermon.”
Mrs. Lucille Friend Holden is the third of eight children born to the late Mr. Willie Walter and Mrs. Mary Thompson Friend. Her childhood and most of her adult life has been dedicated to serving the people of the Huntsville/Madison County area. Her parents laid a strong foundation that instilled moral and religious values. As the daughter of farmers, Mrs. Holden has always understood the meaning of hard work. Her parents provided loving support and insisted on a good education as the way forward for their children. Lucille received her early education at Brownsboro Elementary/Junior High School and her high school diploma from Council Senior High School (CSHS). With classmates from Brownsboro and new ones at CSHS, Lucille became a student known for her friendliness and kindness to all.
For over 45 years, Mrs. Holden has excelled in her chosen field of healthcare. Upon receiving her LPN degree from J.F. Drake Community and Technical College, she worked at Huntsville Hospital and nursing homes in the Huntsville area. Her entrepreneurial spirit lead Mrs. Holden to establish the “Friend’s Home for the Elderly” which she has owned for thirty years. This business is well known for the superb care of its patients. She has no need to advertise as well satisfied family members freely recommend the Friend’s Home to potential clients.
Our humble Mrs. Holden is the mother of three grown children, grandmother to seven grandchildren. She is a wonderful sister, aunt and cousin to her extended family. They all call her the Doc in their box. We conclude with what would be the first words Mrs. Holden would say, “Praise the Lord! To God be all the glory.” Her faith has brought her through many challenging times but she trusts the promise of Psalms 23, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want…”