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Patricia Terry Holland: A Life of Faith, Service, and Inspiration



Patricia Terry Holland, a woman of profound faith and devotion, left a lasting impact on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the world around her. On July 20, 2023, at the age of 81, Patricia peacefully passed away after a brief hospitalization. She was the wife of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and had previously served as a counselor in the Young Women General Presidency.

Early Life

Born on February 16, 1942, Patricia grew up on a farm in Enterprise, a small community in southern Utah. Raised by her parents, Maeser and Marilla Terry, she learned about faith, love, and compassion from her mother, who imparted a strong foundation in gospel teachings. Even in her early years, Patricia displayed a caring nature and a desire to make a positive impact on others.

Love, Marriage, and Motherhood

During her high school years in St. George, Utah, Patricia met Jeffrey Holland, whom she described as the “handsomest boy in the school.” Their love blossomed, and after a five-year courtship, they were married on June 7, 1963, in the St. George Utah Temple. Together, they had three children, Matthew, Mary Alice, and David, and their family grew to include 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Patricia’s support and sacrifices for Jeffrey during his educational pursuits and work with the Church Educational System exemplified her commitment as a devoted companion.

Dedication to Service in the Church

Throughout her life, Patricia dedicated herself to serving in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served as a Relief Society president on four occasions and contributed significantly to the Primary and Young Women organizations. In 1984, amidst her responsibilities as the wife of a university president, she was called to be a counselor to Ardeth Kapp in the Young Women General Presidency. Patricia’s cumulative years of service focused on empowering women of all ages, emphasizing their significant contributions and responsibilities in the Church.

Contributions as an Author

Beyond her Church service, Patricia was an accomplished author, co-authoring books such as “On Earth As It Is In Heaven” and “To Mothers: Carrying the Torch of Faith and Family” alongside her husband, Jeffrey Holland. She also penned the award-winning title “A Quiet Heart, and Strength and Stillness: A Message for Women.” Through her written works, she sought to uplift and inspire individuals, sharing her profound faith and insights on life and spirituality.

Faith, Miracles, and Hope

Patricia Terry Holland’s faith in Jesus Christ was unwavering and blessed the lives of countless individuals. During a worldwide devotional for young adults, she shared a simple approach to the religious life: “Please have faith in God, hope that He will help you, and receive the charity that enables Him to work through you to accomplish what only you can do.” She emphasized the power of slowing down, finding stillness, and seeking divine guidance.

A Lasting Legacy

As the news of Patricia’s passing spread, those who knew her remembered her as a woman of pure and powerful faith, generosity, and love. Her legacy will continue to inspire generations to come, guiding them to lead lives of service, compassion, and devotion to their faith.

Funeral Services and Final Resting Place

Funeral services for Patricia Terry Holland will be held on Friday, July 28, 2023, at 11 a.m. in the Conference Center Theater in Salt Lake City. The public is invited to attend, and the service will also be broadcasted for those unable to attend in person. Interment will take place in St. George, Utah.

In memory of Patricia Terry Holland, may we honor her life by embodying the virtues of faith, love, and service, carrying forward her legacy of compassion and inspiration.

Sheri Dew: A tribute to Sister Patricia T. Holland, a woman for the ages

As just one example of her depth and gospel insights, she articulated the vital impact women have in families, society and the Church in one brilliant sentence: “If I were Satan and wanted to destroy a society,” she said, “I think I would stage a full-blown blitz on women.”

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