Coleen Carrigan Driskill Holt passed away on June 5, 2020, after a heroic battle with cancer. She was born March 31, 1948 to Leslie Rawle Carrigan and Margaret Elizabeth McMullin.
She grew up in Midvale, Utah with her five sisters Pat, Joan, Claudia, Susan and Leslikae. They grew up in a home filled with love, laughter and music. They played hopscotch, jacks, cowgirls and Indians, and all shared one pair of roller skates and a pogo stick. She loved to go to the Midvale ballpark and watch the young boys play ball. She graduated from Hillcrest High School, where she loved hanging out with friends, participating in the pep club, and where she met Edward Plummer Driskill. They were married on August 16, 1968 in the Salt Lake Temple. They had three children; Allyson, Spencer, and Michelle. They were later divorced.
Life changed for Coleen when she became a single mother. Her first priority was her children. She found whatever jobs she could to be home with them as much as possible. Besides being an aide at the elementary school, she found other odd jobs including painting and wallpapering homes, making macramé necklaces and cabbage patch dolls, and even creating pictures out of cattails and thistles! She was a talented seamstress and made most of the children’s clothes and their prom dresses, as well as costumes for Promised Valley Playhouse. In her later years she found a love for quilting and made intricate quilts for her children, grandchildren, sisters, and many others.
She was a fun mom and the back door was always open! Many neighbors and friends considered her their second mom. She spent several years being the driver for childhood capers in the yellow Pinto. She was an example of fun, hard work, faith, and determination. She later found a career in medical billing where she stayed for 18 years.
Coleen was a kind and unselfish friend and family member, who loved to be of service to everyone around her. She was a wonderful aunt and spent lots of time with her nieces and nephews. There are many stories of times when she would invite them over to decorate Christmas trees, take them shopping, go to the park and other activities.
After knowing each other almost all of their lives, Coleen and Richard B. Holt were married on July 15, 2006, in the Jordan River Temple. She was a loving and dedicated wife. They brought their children and grandchildren together at many gatherings in their home in Highland, UT. Coleen and Rick loved and served many friends in Highland. They also enjoyed their time spent in Hawaii and built many memories there.
She loved to travel, especially with her family, and had the chance to visit Mexico, Australia, Italy, Alaska, and many other places. She loved making her home a fun and beautiful place, with decorations for every occasion and a pristine garden. One of her favorite pastimes was shopping and she could never pass up a good deal. To her grandkids, she is “Grams.” They will always remember playing games, her quirky sense of humor, and the way she always spoke her mind. She loved her family, and everyone knew it.
Coleen loved her Savior and was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She always trusted in the Lord and acted on the things she felt He wanted her to do. She loved going to the temple and served in many church callings. She would want nothing more than for her children and grandchildren to gain their own testimony of their Savior and stay faithful to His teachings.
Coleen is survived by her husband, Richard B. Holt; her sisters Joan, Claudia and Kae; her children, Allyson (Bill) Hendricks, Spencer (Andrea) Driskill, and Michelle (Travis) Allen; and her stepchildren Justin (Melissa) Holt, Joshua (Samantha) Holt, Heather (Chad) Palmer, Nathan (Dacia) Holt, Leslie (Jaelan) Petrie, and Beth (Brad) Osborne. She has 12 grandchildren and 26 step-grandchildren, with one great-grandchild on the way. She is preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Pat and Susan, and her granddaughter Rylee.
A viewing will be held on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at the Highland Ward, 9681 North 6900 West, Highland Utah.
Graveside services will be held at 2:30 pm on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East Dimple Dell Road (10600 South), Sandy, UT. Anyone wishing to attend may do so, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own seating and observe social distancing as families. A viewing will be held from 1:00 – 2:00 pm prior to the services. For additional information or to leave a condolence, please visit larkincares.com.