The Patricia Holland Memorial commemorates a remarkable woman who embodied steadfast belief and dedicated service to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Fondly known as Pat, she was the beloved partner of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, an esteemed member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
Unfortunately, we announce the peaceful passing of Pat on July 20, 2023, at the age of 81, following a brief period of hospitalization.
Her family, friends, and the broader Church community will deeply feel her absence as she leaves behind a lasting influence.
Patricia Holland’s Profile
|Patricia Terry Holland
|Date of Birth
|February 16, 1942
|Date of Death
|July 20, 2023
|Age at Death
|Educator, Writer, Religious Leader
|The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
|Jeffrey R. Holland (Elder of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles)
|Three children, including Matthew S. Holland
|LDS Business College, Dixie College, The Juilliard School
|Her faith leadership and writings within the LDS community
Synopsis of Her Life
On February 16, 1942, in Enterprise, Utah, Pat was born and raised on a farm, surrounded by a community deeply entrenched in belief.
Nurtured by her parents, Maeser and Marilla Terry, Pat’s childhood was filled with farm responsibilities, instilling in her a strong work ethic from an early age.
She fondly remembered the supportive atmosphere where belief was a way of life.
During her high school years in St. George, Utah, Pat underwent a transformation from a shy and reserved girl to a compassionate and outgoing individual.
She encountered Jeffrey Holland during this time and regarded him as the most appealing boy in school.
Eventually, they courted for five years, and their courtship culminated in a joyful marriage on June 7, 1963, at the St. George Utah Temple.
Pat and Jeffrey were blessed with three children, Matthew, Mary Alice, and David, and cherished thirteen grandchildren.
- Further reading: Elder Holland Wife, Patricia Terry Holland, Passes Away At 81
Upholding Jeffrey’s Educational Pursuits
Pat’s dedication to family was exceptional. While Jeffrey pursued advanced degrees at Brigham Young University and Yale University, she attended LDS Business College and Dixie College.
Instructors from Juilliard in New York City trained Pat in piano and voice, extending their talents to music.
She wholeheartedly supported Jeffrey during his educational journey and Church service.
A Maternal Figure: The BYU Presidency years
In 1980, Jeffrey Holland became the president of Brigham Young University, and Pat became a mother figure to the entire campus community.
Despite financial hurdles, she worked tirelessly to create a nurturing environment for her family while maintaining a sense of normalcy for their children.
The Holland family enjoyed filling their dinner table conversations with love, laughter, and meaningful discussions.
An Era of Service in the Church
Patricia Holland devoted her life to serving others within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Throughout her journey, she held the position of Relief Society president four times and actively participated in the Primary and Young Women’s organizations.
In 1984, she accepted the call to counsel Ardeth Kapp in the Young Women General Presidency, further confirming her commitment to uplift women of all ages in their various roles.
Writer and Orator
In addition to her extensive Church service, Pat authored several books, including the award-winning title “A Quiet Heart” and “Strength and Stillness: A Message for Women.”
Alongside her husband, she co-authored “On Earth As It Is In Heaven” and “To Mothers: Carrying the Torch of Faith and Family.”
Her impactful words and unwavering belief continue to inspire countless individuals worldwide.
Patricia Holland Memorial: A Legacy of Belief and Benevolence
According to Patricia Holland Memorial, the funeral services remain pending.
Patricia Holland’s belief in Jesus Christ was unwavering, and she tirelessly exemplified benevolence throughout her life.
She was a living symbol of the blessings that come from trusting in God and dedicating oneself to service.
In a worldwide devotional for young adults earlier this year, Pat encouraged the youth to have belief and hope and to find peace through prayer.