Holly Ann Auman, age 72, passed away
peacefully in the early morning of August 15, 2021, due to
cancer. She was born on November 6, 1948, in St. Louis,
Missouri, to Lillian and Velmer Dorsch.
Gallaudet University, a Deaf university, in Washington, DC, from
1966 to 1971. She learned American Sign Language there and
graduated with a degree in religion and philosophy. Holly joined
the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints in 1970. She
married and was sealed to Wilson Edward Auman in 1976 at the Los
Angeles Temple in California.
Holly loved children. She spent many years
teaching and working for the Utah School for the Deaf and Blind
and for the California School for the Deaf, Riverside.
While not at work, she served as a volunteer,
visiting families in their homes, to teach American Sign
Language to the parents of deaf children. She loved doing family
history research for herself and for others and enjoyed taking
mini trips in the United States. She was dedicated to a holistic
lifestyle, learning all about alternative natural approaches to
health. Music was her passion, and she often translated songs
into ASL at church for fellow church members and for musical
accompaniment with as; in fact, her sign name was associated
with music. She was specifically proud of her four children and
of having served the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
in many callings. Holly loved and supported people in all these
ways and more.
Holly is survived by her husband, Wilson; her
sister, Sharon; her sister-in-law, Cathy; her children, Cedar,
Eric, Allen and Britton; her daughter in law, Celeste; her
grandchildren, Ezekiel, Arianna and Malakai; and her many
nephews and nieces; all of whom she loved and touched deeply.
Family and friends are invited to join in
celebrating Holly’s life on Saturday, October 9, 2021, at 11:00
AM - 1:00 PM. The event will be held at the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints’ Sherman Building, 3680 Jackson St.,
Riverside, CA 92503. The Riverside Deaf Branch will provide
light refreshments after the service. Please RSVP by Thursday,
October 7, at 5:00 PM (PST) to Britton Auman at