Holli J. Wallace, 37, of Freeland, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, at her home. Holli was born Oct. 8, 1976, in LaGrange, Ind., to James K. Wallace and Denise M. Reiling and has resided in the Freeland area since 2005.
Holli was an attorney who got her J.D. from Michigan State College of Law in 2004. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University
in 1999, after graduating from Lakeland High School in 1995. She was a member of the State Bar of Michigan and served on its Justice Policy Initiative and Solutions on Self Help Task Force. She was also a member or the Saginaw County Bar Association where she served on its Pro Bono Committee and volunteered at the Bar Association's Free Legal Clinic. She was on the executive committee of the Saginaw Democratic Club where she also chaired its Highway Clean-up Committee. She also served on the Board of Directors of Emmaus House and was a member of the Saginaw County Democratic Party. She volunteered regularly at the Freeland Learning Center. She was a member of the National Organization of Women and recently helped organized Beyond the A. Word Reproductive Justice Conference. Her role model was Rosa Parks, whose motto was: "I sat down to stand up for courage." Holli was a dedicated and inspirational activist committed to make the world a better place.
Holli also enjoyed sewing clothing for her children and photography. Holli was also a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Midland. On May 25, 2002, Holli married Brian J. Thomas, he survives her. Also surviving are her two sons, Elliott J. Thomas and Oliver H. Thomas, both at home; her father, James (Jeryl) Wallace of Ontario, Ind.; her mother, Denise Reiling and her husband, Mike Nusbaumer of Adrian.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at the Cunningham/Taylor Funeral Home, Freeland. The Rev. Jeff Liebmann will officiate, with burial to follow at Westside Cemetery, Freeland. Friends may call at the Cunningham/Taylor Funeral Home, 310 E. Washington St., Freeland on Sunday from 2-8 p.m. and on Monday from 10 a.m. until time of services. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Emmaus House of Saginaw or to support reading at the Freeland Community School District.