Celebrating the Life of Former President's daughter-in-law, Barbara Holm

*Below is an excerpt from family obituary.
After a two year courageous battle with breast cancer, Barbara Anne (Cackler) Holm at the perfect age of 33 is now in Heaven with her Lord Jesus Christ. She fought with courage and faith, always positive, honest in sharing her feelings and the encourager to others. Barbara was a humble, quiet, sweet "best friend" to everyone who knew her. Her whole life was a witness to others of her faith and the strength it provided her in the last two years. (Joshua 1:9) Her strong desire to be the loving supportive wife showed in the way that she cared for her husband, Mike of almost 10 years.
Then to be the best mommy she could to her three beautiful children, Julianna, Jackson, and Joshua was her next desire. Greeting her in Heaven is her father, William F. Cackler, Jr. and grandmother, Beulah May Cackler.

Barbara was born at Fort Benning, Georgia, as an Army dependant, and lived in Mannheim, Germany, Santa Maria, California and Bakersfield, California. She attended college at Fresno Pacific University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1999. She married Michael Holm on May 15, 1999 in Reedley, California. They moved to San Diego, CA after their honeymoon where Mike was starting his first job after college. She began teaching 4th grade at Horizon Christian School for almost 4 years until it was time to give birth to their first baby, Julianna Michelle Holm. Barbara gladly gave up teaching to be a stay-at-home mom for her precious, Julianna. 22 months later along came Jackson Wesley Holm and 22 months after that entered Joshua William Holm. All Barbara ever really wanted was to be a wife and mommy which she carried out exceptionally well, teaching her children about her own personal faith in Jesus. She was involved in "Mothers of Preschoolers", "Moms In Touch", active in her local church, Calvary Chapel Hidden Valley of Escondido.

Barbara was so loved by so many people around the country and this was obvious in the outpouring of prayers, cards, and never ending meals, daily visits, child care, personal care, trips to the doctor. A special thank you to Lori, the nanny, who in a short time became part of the family and showed Barbara such tender care to her and her children. Also, to all the Hospice staff tending to her over the weeks. Barbara leaves a huge hole in all of our hearts. We will miss her terribly. In lieu of flowers please donate to Susan B. Susan G. Komen for the Cure (ww5.komen.org) or to Barbara's children's college fund.

Posted: April 13, 2009


Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations