Mrs. Marion Elizabeth Keith Holloway, age 95, of Columbus, died Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Baptist Memorial Hospital – Golden Triangle. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation will be Sunday, March 19, 2017, at 1:00 PM at Memorial Funeral Home. Her funeral service will follow at 2:00 PM with Charles Box officiating in the chapel of Memorial Funeral Home. Interment will immediately follow at Friendship Cemetery. The daughter of the late Thomas Jefferson and Martha Fredona Suggs Keith, Mrs. Holloway was born May 24, 1921 in Leming, TX. Her rural upbringing in southern Texas during the Great Depression gave her an appreciation for frugality and honesty. After graduating from Secretarial College, she worked at Fort Sam Houston Bank in San Antonio, where she met her future husband J.D. Holloway. They were married May 21, 1943. Hard-working and dedicated to her family, she set up households in several states over her husband’s 24-year military career in the Air Force. They moved to Columbus in 1959 and and decided to make Columbus their home after her husband retired from the Air Force. Throughout her life Mrs. Holloway made a career of service to her family, her church, First Christian Church, and community by volunteering in scouting programs, PTA, Ladies Aid and teaching Sunday School. She enjoyed her membership in the Friendly City Garden Club, Columbus Literary Club and Military Officers Wives Club. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a sister June Keith Chesser and two brothers Ralph Keith and Earl Keith. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Jarrell and Nicki Holloway of Westerville, OH and her daughters and son-in-law Karen and Jerry Holleman of Cornelius, NC and Ann Ferguson of Columbus, her sister Tommie Doris Edwards of Leesville, TX, and her brothers and sister-in-law Arthur King and Jo Keith of San Antonio, TX and Merton Keith of Mountain View, AR. She is also survived by her six grandchildren Jeremy Holleman (Wisty), Chris Holleman, Scott Holleman (Kana), Laurence Moore (Terence) Josh Ferguson and Kach Ferguson (Lexi) and her four great grandchildren Owen Holleman, Henry Holleman, Anli Holleman and Maddie Moore. Pallbearers will be Jeremy Holleman, Chris Holleman, Scott Holleman, Josh Ferguson, Zach Ferguson and Terence Moore. Honorary pallbearers will be the Elders, Deacons and members of First Christian Church and Dr. Michael Duckworth. Mrs. Holloway’s Children appreciate the dedicated care from the staff of Baptist Memorial Hospital, Baptist Hospice and Bedford Suites at the Arrington. They also thank Lillie Gray and Sylvia Richardson for the caring service and Dr. Michael Duckworth for his longtime care and service. Memorials to her church, First Christian Church, 815 N. McCrary, Columbus, MS 39702, are preferred in lieu of flowers.
Appeared in The Commercial Dispatch on March 18, 2017
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