At Claudia Joy's funeral and spreading of her ashes, it was revealed that she wrote a goodbye letter before her kidney surgery in case something happened to her. Bringing everyone to tears, Michael, Emmalin, Denise, Roxy, Roland and Pamela took turns reading Claudia's Joy's last words. Read it below:
So the worst has happened, and now you’ve gathered to pay your respects. I’m not going to say don’t be sadjust don’t feel sad too long. As I sit here tonight, my heart is full of joythinking about all the happiness my family and friends have brought me through the years.
I have enjoyed a life fully lived. I married a man I fell head over heels in love with when I was 24 and never fell out of love with. A man I admired as much as I adored. A man who made me laugh, made me think, made me curse on occasion, but always made me feel loveddeeply, truly loved. Michael, no wife was ever happier. Together we raised two vibrant, beautiful, intelligent daughtersAmanda, whose time with us was much too brief, and Emmalin, whom I grew strength from, even when she didn’t know she was giving it. I have such faith in you, my darling girl to embrace life, and be as strong-willed, big-hearted woman in the Holden tradition. No mother has ever been prouder.
I’m grateful beyond words for my friends. People outside the Army will never know just how much we rely on each other, how much we need each other, how much we love each other. I only wish we could’ve enjoyed it longer.
[SPOILER ALERT] They never imagined losing the one that held them together... On last night's Season 7 premiere, we tragically said goodbye to Claudia Joy Holden, who passed away from heart failure while in Germany on a mission with the First Lady. In what may have been the saddest episode to date, we watched her husband Michael, daughter Emmalin, best friend Denise and rest of Fort Marshall mourn the loss of their wife, mother and friend.
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Described as "sophisticated, strong and smart," for six seasons, Claudia Joy Holden (Kim Delaney) has been the heart of Fort Marshall. She's married to now Major General Michael Holden and has two daughters, Emmalin and Amanda. Amanda was tragically killed during a bombing at the Hump Bar in the Season 1 finale, just weeks after Claudia Joy was held hostage at the hospital by a mentally unstable soldier.
It was also revealed in Season 1 that because she got married to Michael, Claudia Joy never finished her law degree at Harvard. In Season 4, Claudia Joy returned to school, completed her degree and got a job at a Charleston law firm. She eventually quit the firm because her boss (and former law professor), Grant Chandler, disclosed that he had romantic feelings for her.
Claudia Joy has also had her fair share of health issues over the years. In Season 3, she was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. In Season 5 she discovered that she had an ovarian cyst, but it turned out to be non-cancerous. In Season 6, a doctor told Claudia Joy that she was having kidney failure and needed a transplant. Denise came to her rescue, donated one of her kidneys and just as the surgery was deemed successful, Claudia Joy went into cardiac arrest on the operating table. Luckily, the doctors were able to revive her.
View Claudia Joy's best moments in photos:
-Season 6, Episode 15: Tough Love
-Season 6, Episode 14: Fatal Reaction
-Season 5, Episode 11: Drop Zone
-Season 5, Episode 3: Movement to Contact
-Season 4, Episode 14: Be All You Can Be
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Going crazy waiting for new episodes of "Army Wives" to start on June 24? Luckily, you won't have to wait until then to get your fill! Lifetime Movie Network (LMN) will be airing Season 6 episodes of "Army Wives" on Saturday nights starting June 9. The schedule is as follows:
June 9, starting at 6/5c: "Army Wives" Season 6 episodes 1-6
June 16, starting at 7/6c: "Army Wives" Season 6 episodes 7-11
June 23, starting at 10/9c: "Army Wives" Season 6 episodes 12-13
And once you catch up on the first 13 episodes of Season 6, make sure to tune to the premiere of Episode 14 on June 24 at 10/9c on Lifetime.
What's been your favorite episode of Season 6 so far?
Now that's a cliffhanger! [Spoiler Alert!] On last night's episode of "Army Wives," after what was thought to be a successful kidney transplant, Claudia Joy's fate quickly turned bad after she flatlined on the operating table, leaving fans guessing: will Claudia Joy survive?
"CJ just can't die. Please don't let her die. A lot of tears in their eyes in previews, but please don't let her die," myLifetime.com user pachilds wrote. "Only me guessing but I think maybe CJ does die," user Penny Winter added.
All will be revealed when "Army Wives" returns on June 24 in its new time, 10/9c. Talk about the longest five weeks of our lives!
Sound off: what do you think will happen to Claudia Joy? Will she live or die?