RIVERTON — After turning into nationally acknowledged as a stalwart “Mama Bear” on behalf of her son Josh Holt, who spent two years in a Venezuelan jail earlier than being released final Might, a family social media posting Sunday introduced Laurie Moon Holt has died.
The assertion on Laurie Holt’s Fb web page Sunday afternoon did not point out a reason for dying.
“We’re devastated to announce the tragic passing of our candy Mama Bear Laurie Holt this morning,” the submit learn. “She had a big coronary heart and we’ll miss her dearly. We ask for privateness as we mourn her passing and can provide more details on funeral preparations as soon as potential.”
Utah elected officers who advocated on behalf of Josh Holt’s release also took to social media Sunday evening, sharing remembrances.
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FILE – On this July 13, 2016 file photograph, Laurie Holt holds a photograph of her son Joshua Holt at her residence, in Riverton, Utah.
Former U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch tweeted: “In my complete Senate service there is no memory I cherish more than seeing Laurie hug her son Josh once they have been lastly reunited. Our hearts ache at news of her passing, but Elaine and I ship our prayers and our love to Jason and the Holt family tonight.”
Former Rep. Mia Love, who counted the Holts among her 4th Congressional District constituents and worked on behalf of the Holt household to get government help to secure his release, shared her reminiscences of Laurie Holt.
“My pricey pal Laurie Holt handed away in the present day and I am just devastated,” Love stated. “She was a lovely individual and all the time had a smile. Laurie would all the time end our telephone calls with, ‘OK, love you woman.’ My prayers and love are together with her husband Jason, her youngsters and grandchildren that she has left for now. Laurie, I’ll miss you, love you woman.”
And Josh Holt also took to Fb on Sunday to share a considered his mother.
“I really like you so much mommy,” Holt wrote. “You may be missed greater than you already know!”
Holt was arrested and jailed in the summertime of 2016 following a raid of the Caracas neighborhood where he and his Venezuelan wife, Thamy, lived. Holt met his wife by means of on-line Spanish lessons after coming back from a Spanish-talking LDS mission to Washington state.
In early July 2016, Holt’s family announced it had gone greater than every week without listening to from him, and suspected he was being framed and held as a spy. They acquired a Facebook message from his wife’s mother, stating that her daughter and Josh Holt have been in prison.
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FILE – On this July 30, 2016, file photograph, Laurie Holt, the mother of Joshua Holt, an American jailed in Venezuela, cries throughout a rally at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City.
The message had little information about the arrest but included an area information article concerning the alleged crime, together with photographs of weapons, a grenade, cash, Josh Holt’s passport, credit cards and IDs allegedly…