Mary Elizabeth Holliman

Mary Elizabeth Holliman’s life journey began on May 14, 1919 in Bedford, Virginia. She was born to Mr. Charlie and Janie Sharpe. Her family relocated to Columbus, Ohio where she was a graduate of East High School. She would eventually meet and wed her late husband George Holliman, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Holliman were the proud parents of the late George Holliman, Jr. and Sandra Blunt. Mary leaves to cherish her memory; devoted daughter Sharon Brown, who was her regular Sunday road trip and traveling partner. Mary was a member of Refuge Temple Church where she was honored as one of the “Mothers of the Church”. Having a birthday that often fell on Mother’s Day was very fitting for Mary, as she seemed called by God to raise and influence generations of family members and their friends. The Holliman matriarch was affectionately known as “Mommy” and would eventually gain the name all would call her, “Grammy”. Grammy, like many loving grandparents, took on the responsibility of raising three generations of children. Grammy’s unconditional love and candid opinion were two of her greatest attributes. Anyone who met her quickly became a friend because they could not only rely on her love, but also her candid opinion, whether you wanted it or not. All who relied on her advice could bet their money she would be right 99.9% of the time, yet many times they’d take an alternate route only to have her say “I told you so” gleaming that beautiful, yet sly grin. Her home was the gathering place for family functions, holidays, major events, adventures with friends, and the counseling sessions everyone relied on. Grammy loved to travel, take trips to the casino, go on Sunday rides to enjoy a peaceful get away, and go fishing along the banks of the creeks and rivers. The consummate super-woman, she was never afraid to bait or take a fish off the hook. Greater than that, Grammy taught all women, children she raised, and those she guided, what it truly meant to have a back bone and to never yield when you are challenged or when someone does you wrong. She also taught them the true meaning of unconditional love, living her life as a clear example of accepting and loving people no matter their past, short fallings, whom they loved, where they came from, or what they looked like. On Sunday March 3, 2019, at the blessed age of 99, God whispered in her ear telling her to come home and claim her loving place amongst the angels.

Grammy now leaves her life’s legacy of good deeds and a loving heart to her beloved family. Responsible to ensure her legacy carries on are grandchildren Kimberly, Jeni, Diva, Monica (who took loving care of Gram in her latter years), Tanya, Toya, Richard II (Laurel), and Angie; Great-grandchildren RaShaun, Tia, Marco, Crista (Algenon), John, Brittany (Eric), Preston Todd, James, Tony, Briana, Queston, Sandre’el, Bria’, Ryan, Richard III, Noah, Leah, and Spencer; Great-great grandchildren Myleisha, Jaden, Carinn, Camille, Carmen, Alana, Camryn, Jaeshun, Ariana, Ky’air, Eric, Gisella, Audrey, and Saint; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends. Grammy was preceded in death by grandson Todd Holliman.

Visitation 11:00am and Funeral 12:00pm Monday, March 11, 2019 at New Birth Christian Ministries 3475 Refugee Rd, 43232.

Interment at Green Lawn Cemetery.

Condolence Messages

  1. My heartfelt condolences to the Holliman family of the recent passing of Ms Mary Elizabeth.Those who had passed on are in God’s memory because they are precious in His eyes.John 5:28,29.

  2. Helen Sharpe-Williams

    Sharon and Family
    Praying for you in your loss. There will be things that rigger tears and things that bring laughter, things that you never expected, but they’ll remind you of all the wonderful details that made life with your mom such a precious gift. May God hold you close to His heart, where He can feel your deepest loss and fill you with His deepest love.

  3. To the family of Mary Elizabeth Holliman, I give my heart felft condolences to you the family. I just met her not long ago. Blessing to has met and see a beautiful woman of God. My prayers are with you all. Earth has no sorrow that heaven can not heal.
    Lady Brenda Keyes

  4. Aunt Mary was a living Guardian Angel to
    Everyone who was lucky enough to know her.

  5. My prayers and condolences are with the family .

  6. W. Jane Cunningham

    Prayers & God’s peace to all Grammys LOVE ones especially Kimberly & Diva

  7. Irish J. Richardson

    To the Holliman family. My heart is with you and your family at this time of your loss. There is comfort in knowing God’s promises about the resurrection hope. (Acts 24:15) and (John 5:28,29) In the past God has resurrected humans and He is eager to do it again because He hates death. (Mark 5:41-43) To learn more about God’s promises go to JW.ORG. There are online Bible study lessons featured and more. Love Your Neighbor Irish J. Richardson

  8. Anna Fuller Harper

    Sharon and family so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing she was such a beautiful woman inside and out. I will never forget the wonderful times I spent with my dear friend Sandra and your family on Buckingham. please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.❤ Anna Fuller Harper.

  9. From the Phillips Family (Rev. Jan)

    To our dear cousins on the loss of your beloved ‘Mother’ , ‘Grammy’ & our ‘Aunt Mary’,
    May we all take comfort in Jesus’ promise: “Let not your hearts be troubled; You believe in God, Believe also in me. In my father’s house there are many mansions. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you unto myself, that where I am you may be also. I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you.” (The Gospel of John)

  10. Although no words can take away the sorrow that you bear. May it be comforting to you to know that I am praying for you and your family.

  11. RaShaun Holliman

    On behalf of our family, thank you so much for your words of love and sympathy. It means so much to us.

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