Mrs. Pauline Denise “Dennie” Holmbeck of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, died in a hospital in Omaha, Nebraska on Dec. 31, 2019, after very, lengthy battles with cancer and a missed diagnosis of Type 2 Bipolar Disorder.
Dennie was united in marriage with her husband, David G. Holmbeck of Grand Rapids, Minn., on Oct. 20, 2002, at the Longville Bible Chapel in Longville, Minn.
Dennie was born to her mother, Martha Rose Darner and her real father, Paul David Brinkley in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Feb. 4, 1954.
She is preceded in death by her beloved infant son, Ian; and, therefore, Dennie must go to him, Ian cannot come to her (2 Samuel 12:23). She is also preceded in death by her parents and her beloved grandmother, Ida.
Dennie is survived by her husband, David G. Holmbeck; her beloved step-mother, Helen Fryckman of Chisholm, Minn.; and her most-beloved great granddaughter, Lillie Williams of Red Oak, Iowa. She is also survived by her sister, Marty Johnson; her brother, Steve Gravett; her half-brother, Tad Gravett; her nephew, Steven Wade; three children from Iowa, Eric (Kenna) Johnson, Aimee (Wade) Banning, and Erin (Richard) Munns; and three step-children from Minnesota, David O. Holmbeck (Terri), Daniel G. Holmbeck, and her beloved step-daughter, Sarah E. Holmbeck; 8 grandchildren from Iowa; and 3 step-grandchildren from Minnesota.
During the prime of her health, Dennie and her husband, David, knew that there was more to life than the four horses that she owned in her lifetime: “Penny”, “Bandit”, “Dakota”, and “Pecos”. But as Dennie’s health deteriorated, she spent more time diligently and meticulously recording her training sessions with her most recent horse Pecos. Indeed, from the beginning, David and Dennie were soul mates for 17 years whom God seemingly joined together, after each had previously been married and had had children and grandchildren of their own. They were once camp cooks at her Uncle Kirt Darner’s elk and mule deer camps in the Cibola National Forest near Pie Town, New Mexico. She and David also enjoyed ballroom dancing to the Bemidji State University Orchestra, and were members of the Grand Rapids Friendship Dance Club.
They were members of the Cuyuna Rock & Mineral Club, collected rocks, minerals, fossils, agates and arrowheads from Northern Minnesota; and then sold rocks and minerals all over the world on EBay, including Spain and Germany. They enjoyed watching their eleven, co-mingled grand children at numerous school sporting events, swimming with them at the LaRoux Mine Pit near Nashwauk, camping at McCarthy Beach State Park at Side Lake, Minnesota, swimming and throwing rocks in Lake Superior at Park Point, Duluth, Minnesota, hiking and swimming with them at the Joyce Estate in the Chippewa National Forest, and picking agates with them in gravel pits near Cromwell. Dennie loved watching her husband, David, perform with his daughter and her step-daughter, Sarah, at the West Range Country Show in Coleraine, Minn. That is to say, Dennie could only watch, because she knew that she couldn’t match the singing talent of the Holmbeck duet—the future rising stars of country music on the Iron Range.
Dennie loved cooking for church friends and family, especially Mexican cuisine. She loved picking blueberries near Atikokan, Ontario, with her daughter Erin, husband David, David’s sisters Claudia and Jackie, while camping in their 1998 Dodge Diesel Truck. And the couple regularly went to see her real father Paul David Brinkley, her two half-brothers, Paul and Matthew Brinkley, and her Uncle Eddie Brinkley-cousins in Farmington, New Mexico. On the same trip, she would visit her mom’s family in Albuquerque, especially her beloved Grandma, Ida, who happened to be one-half Apache; and who, David feels, passed-on wisdom, and both inner and outer beauty to her granddaughter, Dennie. She also enjoyed fishing for brook trout with her husband, David, and her brother, Steve Gravett, on the Dark River north of Chisholm. For five years, Dennie and David patiently and lovingly mentored Travis and Tasha Mathews through the Kinship Mentoring Program. And of course, Dennie loved mixing soil in her greenhouse, designing her walking trail and rock garden, and tending to her plants and flowers at her home in LaPrairie.
Now, however, she’s serving her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by showing Him the wonderful flower garden that she’s been tending for her Lord’s Glory (Revelation 22:3). But most importantly, her husband, David, believes (and the Bible states) that Dennie and her infant son, Ian, are finally and forever united in heaven where there is no longer any weeping.
In remembrance of Dennie’s entire life here on earth, since Feb. 4, 1954, David asks that, in lieu of flowers and gifts, donations on Dennie’s behalf be given to Project GRL at joycemeyer.org; and using account #10021777. Project GRL is a special ministry of Joyce Meyer specifically directed to helping women and girls recover spiritually and emotionally from past sexual abuse. Joyce Meyer Ministries can also be contacted by calling 1-800-727-9673.
During Dennie’s Christian memorial service in May, her husband David will be sharing from the Bible and wants you to know that throughout the service there will be discreet opportunities for repentance of soul (Mark 10:46), for those seeking mercy (Micah 6:8) and especially for those seeking forgiveness from themselves (Joshua 20:1-5). David intends that these discreet opportunities for seeking God’s mercy will be without coercion or public display, and during personal and private prayer times with a select group of local men and women of God.
A Christian memorial service for Dennie is planned by her husband David at the LaPrairie Rock Church of God in LaPrairie (Grand Rapids), Minn., and is set for Saturday, May 2, 2020. Visitation at the church is set for 10 a.m. and the service is set for 11 a.m. Interment will be in the Holmbeck family plots, near Dennie’s mom’s grave (Martha Rose Gravett) and David’s first wife’s grave (Merrilyn Joyce Holmbeck) at Itasca-Calvary Cemetery in Grand Rapids; but there will be no graveside service. A meal will be provided after the church memorial service.
Arrangements are by the Libbey Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Grand Rapids, MN. To sign the online guestbook or send condolences visit www.libbeyfuneralhome.com.