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Funeral Saturday for mom of man freed from Venezuela jail

FILE - In this July 13, 2016 file photo, Laurie Holt holds a photograph of her son Joshua Holt at her home in Riverton, Utah. Holt spent nearly two years pushing to get her son freed from a Venezuelan jail. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A public funeral is scheduled Saturday to remember the life of a Utah woman who spent nearly two years pushing to get her son freed from a Venezuelan jail.

Anderson and Goff Mortuary owner Chad Anderson said Wednesday Laurie Holt’s funeral is Saturday at 12 p.m. at a Mormon church in the Salt Lake City suburb of Riverton. A viewing is scheduled Friday night at the mortuary in Draper.

The 50-year-old Laurie Holt died unexpectedly Sunday at her Riverton home, less than one year after her son Josh Holt returned to the U.S. after being imprisoned for nearly two years on weapons charges that the Holts and U.S. politicians said were invented.

Her husband says she died peacefully but the family has not said what caused her death.

Laurie Holt was originally from Idaho.

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