HOUSTON — A 71-year-old woman who grew up on a farm in Arrowsmith was found dead Thursday night in Houston, and a 41-year-old man has been charged with her murder.
Houston police said Enid L. Holderly was found dead in her Houston house Thursday night with an ax beside her body, and she had suffered blunt trauma to her head. Robert E. Renfrow, 41, who lived in the house, has been charged with capital murder in Holderly's death.
Margie Roberts, one of Holderly's cousins in Farmer City, said Holderly had moved to a home in nearby Conroe, Texas, 10 days before her death, and Renfrow was overseeing the Houston home while it was up for sale. She said Holderly had lived in Texas about 50 years.
Roberts, who is less than one year older than Holderly, said she and her cousin were close, and she long wanted for Holderly to move back to Central Illinois. She said her cousin had a "heart as big as all outdoors."
And Holderly's heart led her to befriend people who needed help for most of her life, Roberts said. Holderly had previously bailed Renfrow out of jail and helped pay his child support, she said.
Holderly worked for about 30 years in an attorney's office in Texas, retiring at about the age of 64. She spent her last years making crafts, such as ceramic flowers and decorated sweaters, and traveling to locations such as Mexico, Alaska and the Caribbean, Roberts said.
Holderly is survived by two cousins in Farmer City and two cousins in LeRoy, Roberts said.