Emily B. Holman, homemaker, dies

World traveler and hospital volunteer

September 30, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | Baltimore Sun reporter

Emily B. Holman, a homemaker, volunteer and former longtime Ruxton resident, died Sept. 22 from complications of a stroke at the Fairhaven retirement community in Sykesville.

Mrs. Holman was 94.

Emily Brown, the daughter of a pharmacist and a homemaker, was born and raised in Deposit, N.Y., near Binghamton, N.Y.

After graduating from a private school in Rowayton, Conn., she studied to be a teacher at the Ethical Culture School in New York City.

In 1941, she married Yerby Rozelle Holman, who was serving in the Army. After the war, the couple settled in Westbury, N.Y., and later moved to Pleasantville, N.Y. In 1954, they settled in Ruxton.

Mrs. Holman was a longtime communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Ruxton, where she had been head of the Sunday school primary department, served as the initial head of what is now the Good Shepherd Pre-School, and was an active member of the Altar Guild.

For nearly two decades, Mrs. Holman volunteered at Greater Baltimore Medical Center and served on the hospital's Volunteer Auxiliary Board for several years.

After moving to Fairhaven in 1987, Mrs. Holman worked in the retirement community's library and served on its Altar Guild. She had served as vice president of the Residents' Association.

Mrs. Holman had been a member of the L'Hirondelle Club in Ruxton. She enjoyed bowling and bridge and had been an avid Orioles and Baltimore Colts fan.

She and her husband, a retired Western Maryland Railway executive, were also season ticket subscribers to the Baltimore and Philadelphia symphony orchestras.

Mrs. Holman was an accomplished needle worker and enjoyed reading.

A world traveler, she enjoyed traveling by steamship and had visited nearly 50 countries.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Fairhaven, 7200 Third Ave.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Holman is survived by two sons, John S. Holman of Towson and Hugh F. Holman of Baltimore; two daughters, Emily C. Holman of Toms River, N.J., and Elizabeth W. Holman of Berwyn, Pa.; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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