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Date of Birth: September 27, 1936

Date of Death: December 27, 2020

Ethel (Parr) Holt-Stout of Sun City AZ, formerly of Aurora IL passed away on Sunday December 27, 2020.  She was born September 27, 1936 in Sandwich IL the only child of Merle & Clara (Clark) Parr.  She was a graduate of Plano High School class of 1954. Ethel married the first love of her life Herman A Holt on April 15, 1955, and they were married until Herman passed on May, 22, 2001. She married the second love of her life James (Mr. Jim) Stout on January 5, 2008 and was blissfully married until Mr. Jim's passing on December 14, 2011. She was a devout Catholic that attended Annunciation & Holy Angels Church in Aurora IL, Saint John the Baptist in Somonauk IL., St. Boniface in Germantown WI., and St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Sun City AZ. She took communion to shut-ins on a regular basis. Ethel was employed for many years by Osco Pharmacy on Galena Blvd in Aurora and previously at Carrol's Pharmacy in North Aurora as a Pharmacy Technician.  During her working career she was also a waitress and a sewing instructor.  During her life on earth, she was very active in her children's lives as a Girl Scout leader, Cub Scout Den Mother, and a PTA member.  She was also a very active member of the Moose.  She was a WOTM in Batavia, Sandwich IL and Sun City AZ. She was an active member of the Handi-Capables  in Sun City AZ.   She loved to travel going to Hawaii, Alaska, Florida, Wisconsin, California, Minnesota, New York - Niagara Falls, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Bahamas, Cayman Islands- she even went to Hell (Hell, Grand Cayman Island that is, and they kicked her out because she was too good for Hell)  Iowa, Nevada, Grand Canyon & multiple cruises. But above all things Ethel's most cherished job was being a Mom, a Grandmother, Great-Grandmother & Great-Great-Grandmother.   Her family may not all be created by blood but it was by LOVE!  Together they raised seven children Stephen (Phyllis) Holt, Gay Lynn (Kevin) McDuffee, Patricia Schwartz, Rebecca (Leo) Chapman, Kevin (Tina) Holt, Richard (Kim) Holt, Susan (James) Miller Jr.   Over 20 grandchildren, Thomas (Xi Luo) McDuffee, Michael McDuffee.  Barbara Schwartz, Robert Schwartz, II, Elizabeth (Dale) Harpold,  Rachel & Rebecca Schwartz,  Deborah (Joseph) Glass. Joel (Brandy) Holt,  Jón (Katrina) Chapman, Sommer (Joshua) Milligan.  James (Jee) Holt, Diana, Ariel & Jami Feeley.  Jason (Becky) Nufer, Carrie Quinto.  Erin, James III & Derrick Miller.  Great-Grandchildren,  Danielle (Bradley) Burkhalter,  Brandon Holt.  Justin and Jonathan Lewandowski, Lukas Whitaker, Ezra, Shilo, Galen & Nyla Harpold.  Alexandria & Peter Chapman.  Harmonee Chapman.  Shakti Marie Amsbary  & Jack Verdone.  Amber & Kathryn Moenkemier. Parker & Jacob Quinto, Nathan, Natalie, Talan, Liam, Levi Olivia Nufer. Archer McDufee  .  Great-Great-Grandchildren Emerson Higdon, Alice Sullivan, Grayson von Saalfeld-Schwartz, Connor Lewandowski, Liam & Ezrah Burkhalter.  Sister-in-law Arlene (Zimmerman) Holt, two nieces Karen Holt & Barbara (Wayne) Benard, and many great & great-great nieces and nephews. And beloved cousins Ron & Georgean Holt of Bay City WI.   She was preceded in death by her beloved Husband Herman A Holt, her second husband James J Stout,  her parents Merle & Clara, her father and mother-in-law William & Henrietta (Reese) Holt, son Stephen (Phyllis) Holt, grandson William Bolly, brother-in-law Robert Holt, and a beloved cousin Shirley Nolan.

Service Information

Due to the Covid-19 restrictions a celebration of life will be held later when conditions will allow family and friends to gather safely. 


In lieu of flowers the family wishes that you send a donation to Mooseheart or to Saint Jude's hospital in Ethel's name as both charities we're near and dear to her heart.