Mary Matilda Holley

Submitted by Wendy Maxey

Mrs. M.M. Holley Passes Away at Home in Shirley

Mrs.. Mary Matilda Holley, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Huggins, was born near the Banner school in Van Buren county, October 10, 1863. She died at the home of a son in Shirley Thursday, April 14, 1949, at the age of 85 years, six months and four days. Interment was in Shed cemetery with Olmstead funeral home in charge of funeral arrangements. January 1, 1887, she was married to George Holley, and to their union three sons were born, all of whom survive, as follows: Ben of Shirley, Leroy of Heber Springs and Elzie of Lomita, Calif. One brother, Vincent Huggins of Shirley, nine grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren also survive. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. A. Duncan at 1 p. m. Friday, April 15. Mrs. Howard Johnson was in charge of the singing. Mrs. Holley was converted at an early age and joined the Presbyterian church, but, following her marriage, she united with a General Baptist church and was a faithful member for nearly 50 years. Following the death of her husband she made her home with her son in Shirley but visited extensively with the other two sons. All three of her sons were with her constantly during her last illness. The pages of Mrs. Holley's life reveal a beautiful story -- one of Christianity, thoughtfulness and kindness for others and love of God and her fellow man (Note: This was taken from the original newspaper clipping, which Wynona (Garrett) Maxey has, great-great granddaughter of Mary Matilda Holley.)