Flora L. Hollins, 92

Store owner, secretary

September 25, 2007

Flora L. Hollins, former co-owner of an Eastern Shore department store and retired executive secretary, died of complications from a stroke Sunday at Consulate Health Care Center in Sarasota, Fla. She was 92.

The former Flora Lebowich was born in Baltimore and raised on Pennsylvania Avenue. After graduating from Western High School in 1930, she worked as a stenographer and secretary for United Telegraph.

She was married in 1938 to Morton I. Hollins, and together they owned I. Hollins Department Store in Millington, Kent County. After her husband's death in 1970, she worked as secretary to the director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Silver Spring. She retired in 1979.

She was an active member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees and a volunteer with the Montgomery County Public Library.

Mrs. Hollins, who lived in Silver Spring until moving to Sarasota last year, enjoyed attending the theater, symphony and opera. She also like visiting antiques stores and collecting porcelain.

"To all who knew her, she was the model of the energetic, independent woman who loved life and lived it to the fullest," said a daughter, Susan Hollins of Grantham, N.H.

Mrs. Hollins was a world traveler who celebrated her 80th birthday by going mountain climbing in Portugal.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Beth Isaac Adath Israel Congregation Cemetery, North Point and German Hill roads.

Also surviving is another daughter, Paula Hollins of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and three grandchildren.

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