Lela Holden

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Lela Holden chuckles when discussing her "newspaper" career. For 10 years she put together hometown news for Cherokee, a small community 12 miles outside of Pittsburg.

"I was the newspaper," she stresses.

After gathering the news, her biggest challenge was coming up with the money to send it out. Donations from current and former residents of Cherokee helped fund the mailing of the missive.

A native of Cherokee, Lela met her future husband, Rolla Holden, when he came from Missouri to work on the ammunition plant at Cherokee. They married on March 9, 1944. From their union came three daughters, Vivian Pelham, Peggy Coltrane and Patricia Swartz. In later years, Rolla worked on Highway 160 (today's Highway 400). The couple also ran a small tavern in Cherokee, getting to know the community and hosting many receptions.

Lela moved to Via Christi Village in May of 2003, very shortly after it opened in April.

"I really like it here," she smiles. "All the help is courteous and kind, the food is good and there is always something going on. All the games keep your mind active, and there are a lot of people to visit with, which is one more reason to come here."


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