Mary Booth Lowrey Holman
Beloved wife of the late Philip A. Holman, Jr., passed away peacefully on January 8, 2021. She was born on September 25, 1924 to Joe Jarman Lowrey and Gladys Tyler Lowrey in Washington, DC where she spent her childhood and graduated from Roosevelt High School. Mary enlisted in the Nurse Cadet Corps, and worked as a public health nurse. She received a BS from Columbia Union College and a Master's in Public Health from Johns Hopkins.Mary was deeply involved in the Civil Rights Movement, working with the Medical Committee for Human Rights, Pride Inc., and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. She went to Mississippi with an MCHR medical team during the Freedom Summer, and was their medical coordinator for Resurrection City. Mary was a health planner for the D.C. Government, served on the Mayor's Task Force on Public Health Goals, and was the founding Director of the Child Protection Center at Children's Hospital. Mary was an avid gardener, and a loving, kind, and generous person. She once rescued a baby left on her front lawn by a car thief.Mary is survived by her daughter, Marjorie Holman (Robert Lawrence), her son, Matthew Holman (Patricia Murphy), her grandson, Andrew Lawrence (Kerry Lawrence) and three great-grandsons, her sister, Jo Leeds, her nieces and nephew, Madeleine, Anne, and John Leeds, her cousin, Nigel Simmons, her dear friends, Wilhelmina Basie-Arthur, Martha Brockway, and My-Hanh Pham, and many other relatives and friends. At Mary's request, no service will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome a gift to Montgomery Hospice in Mary's name.
Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 21, 2021.