Special quilt drawing to be held in November

Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Members of the Stones Prairie Ladies Aid have crafted a queen-sized quilt, honoring the late Margaret Ann Holle, and donated the gift to the Barry-Lawrence County Development Center in Monett. The quilt will be used as part of a fundraiser, with proceeds benefitting the center’s new building fund. The quilt, made with materials colored in sage, burgundy, blue and cream, features the “Back to Nature” pattern. Contributed photo

Tribute made in honor of Margaret Ann Holle

The ladies at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Stones Prairie near Purdy, have made a queen-sized quilt to be offered in a drawing in November, with proceeds benefitting the building fund for Barry-Lawrence County Development Center in Monett.

The quilt was crafted in honor of the late Margaret Ann Holle, who co-founded the Development Center in 1973. The quilt, made with materials colored in sage, burgundy, blue and cream, is made in the “Back to Nature” pattern.

The tribute honors Holle, who, along with her husband Eldred, raised two children, a son, Kevin, and a daughter, Annette, who was born with special needs. When faced with the challenge of parenting a special needs child, she helped in co-founding the development center. She and her husband made many sacrifices to assure the center’s success, which included making apple butter to raise support in the early years. Margaret continued to serve on the center’s board until her death in April 2020. She was also actively involved in Monett Lions Club, Barry-Lawrence County Youth Camp, Trinity Lutheran Church and School, and the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation.

In addition, Holle worked as the Monett City Collector, holding the position for 25 years, until her retirement in 2005. She then became the school secretary for Trinity Lutheran School, working until her health required her to permanently retire in 2010.

Tickets for the drawing are $2 each or $10 for six. They may be purchased at the Barry-Lawrence County Development Center at 408 Third St. in Monett. Tickets may also be obtained by calling Lynda Painter at 417-235-9803.

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