Mary Edna Clark Hollins

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1934 - 2015 Mary Edna Clark Hollins died on Monday, July 20, 2015, at age 81, at Givens Highland Farms Healthcare in Black Mountain, NC. Born in New Orleans, on May 4, 1934, Mary spent her childhood in New Orleans, LA and many summers in Montreat, NC. She was a 1956 graduate of Agnes Scott College with a BA degree majoring in psychology. In 1955, she was Queen of Olympians, a New Orleans Mardi Gras organization. The Presbyterian Church and faith have been a common theme in Mary's life and decisions. She met Bill Hollins at North Avenue Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, GA, and they were married in June 1956 at the St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church in New Orleans. In 1960 the family moved to Beaumont, TX. Mary was a busy mother, member of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church serving as Deacon, Elder, and Sunday school teacher. Presbytery Hunger Committee, Chairman of the Board for Sabine Oaks (home for the aged), and Parent Outreach all benefited from Mary's dedication and leadership. Mary was a member of the Junior Forum, docent for the McFaddin-Ward House Museum and a substitute teacher. She owned a needlecraft shop and later worked as a program coordinator for a local radio talk show. Mary was dedicated to her 3 children and husband, cooked healthy meals, she enjoyed country western dancing, playing bridge and was an avid tennis player. Mary and Bill moved to Montreat, NC, in 1991 and joined Black Mountain Presbyterian Church. Mary taught Sunday school and served on numerous committees. She was President of Presbyterian Women and an honorary life member. Mary co-chaired the Refugee Resettlement program in Western North Carolina and was one of the founders of the Chaplaincy program for the Black Mountain Women's Correctional Facility. She served as a volunteer for the Montreat Conference Center and Montreat College. Mary and Bill loved to travel and enjoyed many cruises and trips overseas. To celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, a large family group was treated to a New England Islands cruise. That trip created many fond memories for Mary and her family. Mary had a passion for helping others and for serving her Lord. Her knowledge of scripture and theology were amazing. When faced with Parkinson's, at age 55, she kept her zeal for living life to its fullest. Several back surgeries and chronic pain ensued that slowed her physical activity, but not her mental and spiritual life. A wonderful sense of humor and grace remained until the end. Mary loved socializing, beautiful things, her God, family, travel, pets, and books. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. William Burton Clark & Grace Carr Clark of Metairie, LA. Surviving are her husband for 59 years, William (Bill) Hollins, and children, Ruth Hollins Gibbs and husband, Ken, of Houston, TX, William Clark Hollins and partner, Jennie Zeisz, of Asheville, NC, and Fred Hollins and wife, Lisa, of Houston, TX. Also surviving are sisters, Betty Clark of Asheville, NC and Catherine (Kitty) Clark Manson and husband, Ken, of Atlanta, GA., grandchildren, Lauren Kelly Nichols of Atlanta, GA, Alex Kelly of Houston, TX, and Gabriel Hollins of Silver Spring, MD, and many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be conducted at the Black Mountain Presbyterian Church at 2:00 PM, Friday, July 24. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Ministry of Hope, PO Box 998, Black Mountain, NC, 28711, or the Black Mountain Presbyterian Church Endowment Fund, PO Box 39, Black Mountain, NC 28711.

Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on July 23, 2015
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