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Nena Faye (McCutcheon) Holder

Nena Faye (McCutcheon) Holder, 89, died Jan. 1, 2008, at The Landmark Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Booneville, Mississippi after a long illness. She was born July 11, 1918, in Tishomingo County, MS to Samuel Powell McCutcheon and Callie Gipson McCutcheon. She graduated from Burton High School as one of the top two students of the class of 1936. In her work career, she was the executive housekeeper for the Northeast Mississippi Hospital (now Baptist Memorial Hospital) in Booneville for 17 years. During that period, she served as president of the Mississippi Hospital Housekeepers Association, arranged and conducted both national and regional workshops, and was on the editorial board for the National Housekeeping Journal. Most of her training for the housekeeping field was through the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta with some work done at the University of Memphis and Baptist Hospital in Memphis. After leaving the health care field, she was employed by Holiday Inn University in Memphis to write curriculum guides and conduct training sessions for the worldwide Holiday Inn training center. She also worked with several Holiday Inn franchise groups. While in the hotel business, she lived and worked in Memphis, Puerto Rico, Aruba, Panama, St. Thomas and Jamaica. She also conducted seminars in London for international housekeepers from Euorpean and African Holiday Inns. After leaving Holiday Inns, she continued consulting with hospitals, hotels, schools and private business. She also taught in the Northeast Community College hotel/motel program. In her later life, she returned to Northeast Mississippi Hospital as an administrative assistant to the dietitian and then held a part-time job through the Green Thumb organization working in the Prentiss County Superintendent of Education office's school lunch program. As an avocation, Nena wrote and published poems, short stories and professional articles in a variety of publications. She was a lifelong Primitive Baptist, serving as church clerk for Little Flock Primitive Baptist Church for several years. In all her travels, interaction with her family and in her various careers, she has always presented her faith in Christ.
Services were at Little Flock Primitive Baptist Church. Burial was in Forked Oak Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors included one son, Mackie Holder (Janice) of Booneville; one daughter, Wanda Bunch (Austin) of Greenville, N.C.; three grandchildren, Lenena Brezna (Todd) of Southaven, Gary Holder (Lona) of Knoxville, Tenn., and Sam Holder of Miami, Fla.; two stepgrandsons, Adam Bunch of Jackson, MS and Jon Bunch of Brisbane, Australia; five great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Hattye McCutcheon of Iuka, MS; two nieces, Sue Perry and her husband, Marion, of Rockledge, FL, and Ruth Carroll and her husband, Larry, of the Altitude Community.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Elwyn McCutcheon. Nena was a descendant of John McCutcheon, pioneer to Augusta Co., VA, through his son, Robert.

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