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Remembering Mrs. Holden

We are heartbroken to share that Sally Leitch Holden, a beloved counselor at Saint Francis from 1995-2019, passed away yesterday, October 29. Sally was admitted to the hospital over the weekend after a brief illness and went home to God.

As a counselor, Sally had the gift of connecting with students. They sensed her authenticity right away, and she made it easy for them to trust and confide in her. For her last six years at Saint Francis, she was a freshman counselor who helped our newest Lancers make the adjustment to high school. Many upper-classmen returned to share with her how her support helped them to grow and develop at Saint Francis. Sally cared for her students as if they were her own children and was the epitome of a Holy Cross educator.

Counselors inevitably have rough days, but Sally was known for injecting positivity in the Counseling Office. She reminded her colleagues that each day was a new opportunity to impact and guide a student, and she brightened countless days with her trademark smile and genuine warmth.

In addition to being a freshman counselor, over the 24 years she worked at Saint Francis she also served as a college counselor, a social studies teacher and English teacher. She was also the moderator for Chess Club, Interact Club, Teen Awareness Program and Women’s Club. 

If you would like to honor Sally’s legacy, you can make a gift to the Holy Cross Educators Fund in her name at https://www.sfhs.com/support-sf/what-to-support/financial-aid/honor-a-legend.