Cecyle Watts Holland
August 16, 1921 – October 20, 2020
Cecyle Watts Holland passed into the arms of her savior, Jesus Christ, on October 20,
2020 at the age of 99.Cecyle was an active resident of John Knox Village for over 20 years, serving as
auxiliary treasurer and sharing her gift of music by playing the piano throughout the
community up until shortly before the time of her passing. “As each one has received a
gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of the many-sided grace of God.” I
Peter 4:10 (TLV)
Cecyle is survived by her daughter, Nancy Brown, granddaughter Ashley (Steven)
Lande and four great-grandchildren, Dante, Angelo, Izzy and Arrow. She was preceded
in death by her first husband, Loye Watts; second husband, Ernest Holland; daughter,
Terre Wilson; granddaughter, Lia Brown; and grandson, Mark Wilson.
The family is especially grateful for the extraordinary loving attention provided by the
JKV Care Center and Village Hospice staff. Their willingness to consistently go above
and beyond their job descriptions to bless the residents they serve is an inspiring
There will be a graveside service at the Grain Valley Cemetery on Saturday, October
31, at 2:00 pm. Contributions in Cecyle’s memory may be made to the John Knox
Village Foundation, 400 N.W. Murray Rd., Lee’s Summit, MO 64081-1498 or
jkv.org/foundation. Online condolences may be left at www.cathyb6.sg-host.com
Cecyle epitomized the description of “Southern grace and charm”. She made everyone she met feel special and one could tell how much she cherished her daughters, her grandchildren and her great grandchildren. We will always miss the twinkle in her eye and the warmth of her smile and feel blessed that we knew Cecyle.
God Bless you Nancy & Ashley – and, we pray for comfort for Steve, Izzy, Arrow, Dante and Angelo. We mourn with you not only for losing Cecyle – but for all the losses you’ve endured the past couple of years.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Don & Nada
Beautiful picture of your mom, Nancy. I know you will miss her.
I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to you, Nancy and family. I have only known Cecyle for about 8 years, I think, but she was a delight. She was in my Wed. morning prayer group here at John Knox Village. She and Corinne Fields came faithfully to that group and I grew to love her dearly . We’ve prayed many times for you and your dear family and “followed” your comings and goings with Cecyle’s reports to us on Wed. mornings. I know you have had tremendous loss just since I have known your sweet mother. May the God of all comfort grant you His peace. (2 Corinthians 1:3b) (I wish I could send her some flowers…I know how she loved them!)