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Emma Magdalena (Gackle) Holden Emma was born April 25, 1915, To Fred F. and Magdelena (Sandau) Gackle on their homestead at Watkins, Montana. She was the oldest in a family of seven children. During her years at home on the farm she was baptized and confirmed in the German Postal Congregational Church. Her 1930 confirmation class consisted of 28 students taught by Rev. Jacob Urich She received her elementary education in two rural schools; the Gackle and Berry Elementary Schools where she completed eight grades. She then attended Broadway High School in Brockway, Montana, for four years from 1931-1935 graduating third highest in a class of fourteen students. That fall she enrolled in Intermountain Union College at Helena, Montana. That lasted for only four months when Helena had a series of earthquakes which demolished the school. Even thought the college and staff moved to Great Falls, Montana she decided to go into nursing and enrolled in the Montana Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing in Great Falls. This was a three year program from which she graduated on 1939 on a class of 45 nurses with perfect attendance. As a registered nurse, she accepted fir first nursing job with the Shodair Children's Hospital in Helena, Montana. She served as Supervisor of this hospital for two years after which she decided to move to Minneapolis, Minnesota, to work for the Swedish General Hospital. She stayed in Minneapolis for a short time and then moved to Bismarck, North Dakota, where she worked as a supervisor of the Urology and X-Ray Department at the Bismarck General Hospital for three years. On January 12, 1946, she was united in marriage to Charles Calloway Holden, in the Methodist Church in Bismarck. Charles was born Jones County, MacCully, Texas. He had served in the U.S. & Canadian First Special Service Force in World War II and had just been honorably dismissed, received the Purple Heart, having served for three years. The newlyweds made their first home in Abilene, Texas, where Charles was engaged in the trucking business for a short time until his business took him to Levelland, Texas, where they lived for four years. As an independent trucker, he decided they should move to Aztec, New Mexico, where they lived for the next two years when he decided to move back to Texas and this time settling in Lubbock, Texas, where they lived from 1954-1959. When Charles dad had a stroke the moved to Clyde, Texas, near his folks. That was in 1959 when they bought land on Hwy 36 where Charles continued his trucking but added a dragline business. While Charles was often gone on his trucking routed, Emma decided to enroll in Hardin Simmons University in Abilene to get her Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Home Economics in 1948. Whenever she had time, she continued to work doing private duty nursing. In 1972 they considered making a move to Rhodesia, Africa, now know as Zimbabwe. While Charles was moving machinery, Emma took a trip to the Holy Land and settled in Salisbury, Rhodesia, where she lived for a short time. Since that move didn't work out they returned to Clyde and settled on the 30acre tract on Hwy 36. Charles then resumed his trucking and dragline business and this then became their permanent home. Emma became a Life Time member of John Birch Society joining in 1-1961. She served 38 years as the leader of the Chapter in Abilene and 8 years in Clyde. She also was a life Time member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Emma is preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Charles; her parents, Fred F and Magdalena Gackle; two sisters, Clara Gaub and Katharine Gackle; and one brother, Harold F. Gackle. After the death of her husband, Charles, September 13, 2008, she moved to Vancouver, WA, to live with her younger sister Eltina Wright. She also has two living sister; Leah Huber of Tucson, AZ and Rachel Pribbeno of Aurora, CO.