Kathleen Holland, 86

Administrative assistant

April 30, 2007

Kathleen W. Holland, a retired administrative assistant, died Thursday of complications from Alzheimer's and cardiovascular diseases at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The former Towson resident was 86.

She held several positions handling administrative duties, including at the Baltimore Department of Social Services in the 1960s and 1970s.

Kathleen Walker was born and raised in King George, Va., and graduated from King George High School in 1937. She graduated from the Smithfield Massey Business School in 1939, and moved to Washington to work for the War Department.

In 1942, she transferred to Richmond, Va., where she worked for the Department of the Navy. There, she met Howard Holland, and they wed in 1948.

The couple moved a few times before settling in Baltimore in 1953.

She was a homemaker before returning to work for the Baltimore Department of Social Services.

She was a member of St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, where she was active with the altar guild and choir. She later was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter in Lutherville.

She was an avid bridge player, played piano and enjoyed attending performances of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

In retirement, she and her husband traveled, visiting Britain and Western Europe, Hawaii and the Caribbean Islands. They also cruised through the Panama Canal.

Her husband died in 1997, and she moved from her Towson home in 1999 to the Pickersgill Retirement Community, and moved from there in 2004 to Mays Chapel Ridge in Timonium.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Church of the Holy Comforter, 130 W. Seminary Ave., Lutherville.

Survivors include a son, Joseph Holland of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; two daughters, Anne Holland of Marco Island, Fla., and Susan Friedman of Timonium; and two sisters, Marjorie Strother of King George, Va., and Joann Burnette of Mechanicsburg, Va.

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