Freida C. Holland, 97
SOUTH BEND — Freida C. Holland passed away at 10:50 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at Hospice House, surrounded by her loving family. She was 97 years old.
She was born May 9, 1915, in Bethel Springs, Tenn., to William Calvin and Jessie (Humphries) Ellis. On December 31, 1931, in Corinth, Miss., she was united in marriage to the Rev. Narvin Loyce Holland. They enjoyed 68 years of marriage until his passing on July 12, 2000. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, and five brothers.
Mrs. Holland worked beside her husband in ministry all of their married life, in Indiana and Tennessee, including 28 years at First United Pentecostal Church of Crawfordsville. She served as the first youth leader for United Pentecostal Churches of Tennessee. She wrote many plays and dramas for the Church and loved writing poetry. She loved people and loved serving her Lord. She was a wonderful seamstress as well. Since living in South Bend, she has been a member of Ironwood United Pentecostal Church.
Mrs. Holland is survived by her daughters, Betty Ruth (Rev. Kenneth) Mendenhall of South Bend, Kay Marie (Robert) Bennett of Granger, and Barbara Sue (Everett) Davenport of Crawfordsville; her sons, Joe Allen (Lavelle) Holland of Birmingham, Ala., and Tommy Dale (Pam) Holland of Lafayette. She is also survived by eighteen grandchildren, thirty-six great grandchildren, and six great-great grandchildren, and two sisters, Jewell Coker of Selmer, Tenn., and June Hill of Yazoo City, Miss.
Services celebrating the life of Sister Holland will be at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the United Pentecostal Church, 4609 S. Ironwood Drive; the Rev. Kenneth Mendenhall will officiate. The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. until service time Tuesday at the Church. Committal services and entombment will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Riverview Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy on behalf of Mrs. Holland may be offered to United Pentecostal Church, South Bend, or to Hospice House, 111 Sunnybrook Court, South Bend, IN 46637. Arrangements for the Holland family is in the care of the Palmer Funeral Home, 3718 S. Michigan St., South Bend, IN 46614. Online condolences to the family may be sent to www.palmerfuneralhomes.com