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Mary Ann HARRIS HOLLEY


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Mary Ann HARRIS HOLLEY Obituary
HARRIS HOLLEY, Mary Ann Mary Ann Harris Holley, 82, passed away Friday, November 3, 2017, while she slept in her home in Garner, NC. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, William Wallace Holley, Sr., and her parents, Jessie Ginn Harris and Hubert Lamar Harris, Sr. She leaves behind her brother, Hubert L. Harris, Jr. of Atlanta, and sisters, Dorothy Zazworsky of Atlanta and Susan McCue of Bowling Green, KY; 4 children: Dianne Holley Mountain and her husband, Richard Thomas Mountain of Austin, TX; William Wallace Holley, Jr., and his wife, Irene N. Holley of Dallas, TX; Clayton Harris Holley and his wife, Sharon Elizabeth Ray Holley of Cotati, CA; and Amy Lee Holley Hauk and her husband, Ronald Scott Hauk of Garner, NC; 7 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Born and reared in Atlanta, GA, Mary Ann graduated from Grady High School and attended North Georgia College. Later she received an AA from Univ. of Dallas and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Amber Univ. in Dallas, TX with a degree in Accounting. Early in her professional life, Mary Ann shined in multiple areas. She hosted multiple local TV and radio programs, including writing advertising copy, and worked in the fashion industry as a model and in marketing. She even wrote financial computer programs in Fortran for a developer. She retired as a Revenue Agent with the IRS after 10 yrs. Mary Ann had a passion for politics, serving as Precinct Chair in Dallas and Planning Commissioner in Cary, NC. She was asked to run for Congress in NC, but declined. Mary Ann was a gourmet in the kitchen and loved good food. She also loved gardening, reading, oil painting, dancing, games of any kind, and watching Britcoms on Saturday nights with her husband. She adored her family and animals and pets of all kinds, even the non-traditional ones her family was always bringing home. Mary Ann was well-traveled. Her husband's job took them to Atlanta, GA; Louisville, Ky; Rapid City, SD; Abilene, TX; Dallas, TX; Saudi Arabia; and Cary, NC. They also traveled through Europe and Asia. Bill and Mary Ann then retired and moved to Twin City, GA. There they embarked upon a decade-long renovation and restoration of an historic 1904 home. Mary Ann was extremely creative and turned this home into a gorgeous showplace, inside and out. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to The William Harris Homestead (online at www.harrishomestead.com ): 3636 Georgia Highway 11, Monroe, GA 30656; or to the (online at www.heart.org): , 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060-9979; or to your . Visitation will be held 5:00-8:00 pm, Friday, Nov 10th at the Tim Stewart Funeral Home: 209 South Hammond Dr., Monroe, GA. 30655. 770-267-2594. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, Nov 11th at the William Harris Homestead: 3636 Georgia Hwy 11, Monroe, GA 30656. Pastor Joe Hughes will officiate. Please leave online condolences at www.stewartfh.com.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Nov. 9 to Nov. 10, 2017
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