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LAKNAHOUR -- Holly Beth Hickson Laknahour, PhD., died December 17, 2008 after an illness that began in June. Holly graduated from Mount Gilead High School in 1972 and from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1976. She received her Master's and Doctorate degrees in Education and Counseling from American University. Holly spent several years in Memphis, TN in private practice and working for a number of organizations as a clinical psychologist and crisis counselor. While in Memphis, she completed a number of conferences and interviews in her role as an expert in crisis intervention and hostage negotiation. She was active in the Memphis School of Servant Leadership, helped organize and conduct the Memphis Conference for Racial Reconciliation in 2002, and served on the Shelby County (TN) Interfaith Council. Holly served on the Memphis Commission for Jubilee 2000 for several years. She was an instructor at Mid-South Community College and worked extensively for the YouthBuild U.S.A. program in West Memphis, AR. In 2003, Holly moved to Albuquerque, NM. While there she served as the program director for Help New Mexico, a nonprofit organization that assists service and other nonprofit organizations to obtain grant support for their work. She was an active supporter of social causes and worked on behalf of the Wings for L.I.F.E. organization. In 2008, she received the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year for 2007 award from the L.I.F.E. ministry. Holly was a talented writer and educator, an accomplished grant-writer, and she was a fine cook and gifted musician. She was an active member of the United Methodist Church. Holly was predeceased by her parents, Dr. David James Hickson and Gloria Smith Hickson, formerly of Mount Gilead, OH. She is survived by her son, PFC James Habib Laknahour and his wife, PFC Jennifer Laknahour; sisters, Dr. Amy B. Hickson and Sarah Hickson de Salazar; a brother, David James Hickson, Jr. and several nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, December 21, 2008 at 4:30 p.m. at Daniels Family Funeral Services, 3113 Carlisle Blvd NE. (Please note that the address listed for the Memorial Service is different than the address listed below.) A Memorial Service and Inurnment in Mount Gilead, OH will be held at a later date. Holly requested that, in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Coalition on Human Needs, 1120 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 910, Washington, D.C. 20036. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com Arrangements have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd, NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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