VAN WERT, Ohio — Virginia Marie (Kelsey) Holden-Gamble, 91, of Van Wert, died at 4:15 p.m. Friday, July 4, 2014, at the Van Wert Manor, Van Wert.

She was born Feb. 20, 1923, in Toledo, Ohio, to the late Ray Howard Kelsey and Gladys Marie (Gill) Kelsey-Billieu who died on Oct 27, 1982. Her stepfather Orley Billieu is also deceased.

Her husband, Paul F. Holden, died April 10, 2006.


Survivors include a son: Larry J. (Linda) Holden of Convoy; sister: Pauline M. (Richard) Ellinger of Ohio City, Ohio; a grandchild: Steven J. (Shelly) Holden of Convoy, and five great-grandchildren: Derek (Erin) Holden of Van Wert, Ashley and Matt Holden of Convoy, Tyler (Elizabeth) Gibson of Convoy, and Jordan Gibson Ohio City.

She was preceded in death by a son: Barry R. Holden, who died Jan. 18, 2004; an infant daugher: Sandra Sue Holden; a granddaughter: Kimberly K. (Holden) Gibson-Farmer; one brother: Ray Howard Kelsey, Jr.; a sister: Marilyn Kathleen (Billieu) Darras, and a sister-in-law: Bernice Kelsey.

Virginia was a homemaker, caregiver of the elderly and writer of Christian poetry. She was a former member of the Wassenberg Art Center and YWCA. She attended Ohio City Liberty School.

Private family service and burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Ohio City.

Preferred memorial is Wassenberg Art Center.

Arrangements were handled by Cowan & Son Funeral Home, 616 S. Washington St., Van Wert.