|Birth: ||Aug. 11, 1896|
|Death: ||Jan. 9, 1972|
Alma Cecilia Holmquist was born to Mortimer and Mary Sullivan on a farm in Lockport Township in 1896. Her only sibling was Mabel (Stevens).
Alma's father was killed his first night on the job in the EJ&E freight yard in 1912 when she was 15. Her mother Mary never remarried and lived until 1956.
Alma married Carl "Pete" Holmquist in Bloomington, Ill on April 5, 1919 and gave birth to Leonard, Phyllis, Howard, Gordon, and twins Richard and Donald over the next eight years.
When Pete suffered a broken back during the Great Depression, Alma went to work at Illinois Bell and later sold Nutra-Lite health supplements.
Suffering from arterial sclerosis, Alma's health failed in the early 1970's and she and Pete were placed in the Morris-Lincoln Nursing Home. When pneumonia developed, she was admitted to Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet where she died on January 9, 1972, less than a year after Pete passed away.
Grandma Alma was wonderful to me and bent over backwards to see to it that I grew up decently and earned an education. I only wish she had lived to see me graduate from college on May 21, 1972.
Howard D. Holmquist (1923 - 2009)*
Donald G. Holmquist (1927 - 1995)*
Created by: DEX
Record added: May 03, 2011
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