Holdens celebrating 50 years of marriage Nov. 28


Lee and Jackie Holden of Eldridge will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 28!

Lee Charles Holden and Jacquelyn Lee Taber were married at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Davenport on Nov. 28, 1970, at 7 p.m. A reception was held in the church basement.

Lee, in the 101st Airborne Unit, was being withdrawn three weeks early of his one-year tour in Vietnam. So the wedding was moved up one week earlier! Lee and Jackie had to report to Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Dec. 5, 1970, which was the original wedding date. They spent six months in Colorado Springs, then moved to Bettendorf, and then in 1975, with Jason, 2½, and Lisa, four months old, moved to Eldridge.

Since COVID-19, a family vacation is put on hold until a later date. So in mid-September, Lee and Jackie decided to pack their travel trailer, and headed west for 38 days, visiting Glacier National Park, Redwoods in California, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and The Arches National Park. It was a beautiful way to celebrate!

Lee was a builder/contractor for 25 years, and then was employed by Green Valley Cabinets until he retired in 2014. Jackie also retired in 2014 after 33 years from Northwest Bank & Trust Company.

Their children are Rev. Jason Holden of Carbondale, Ill., and Dr. Lisa (Troy) Klaus of Eldridge, and four wonderful grandchildren, Tristan, Luke, Cole and Lauren.