Mary Beth Holliday
Mary Beth Holliday
Mary Holliday was born Mary Beth Lucas on October 28, 1952 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania to Dean and Emily Lucas. She had two brothers, Dean Jr. and Walter Lucas. Mary’s mother became sick with MS when she was just ten years old. From that point on, Mary helped take care of her father, raise her youngest brother, Walt, and take care of her mother until she passed when Mary turned thirty-two. Mary had a giving spirit, always helping others before herself. She gifted the world with her caring soul, beautiful smile, perfect singing voice and gorgeous professional paintings.
Mary grew up with her husband, Rex, and knew all of the Holliday boys, as they were called, while growing up in the San Fernando Valley of California. She and her friends would ride horses down the mountain paths to the Holliday house to play football and pass the time. Mary loved the mountains, horses, and the West Coast with all her heart. Rex asked Mary on their first date to the sophomore Friday Night Dance. Rex did not have a license at the time and Mary refused to walk to the dance. Rex told Mary he would carry her the 4 miles to the high school, and did just that, ensuring they made their date.
It would be almost ten years after high school before they would meet again, this time for good. Rex told her that he would buy her a house and anything she would need if she moved to Houston with him. Rex’s persistence eventually paid off and they moved to Texas and were married on September 20, 1983. Mary prayed faithfully for children for many years and at thirty-six years old she and Rex had twins, Zack and Chelsea Holliday. She would often remark that her prayers were for one child, and the Lord blessed her with two.
Mary is undoubtedly the best mother the twins could have asked for. She loved them with all her being and provided them with a safe and a stable home. Zack and Chelsea speak often about their beautiful childhood and the creativity that Mary shared with them. Mary taught the twins integrity and a deep love for people and for the Lord.
Her love did not just stay within the family, though. Mary’s life touched many people, many of whom helped make this funeral possible allowing the family to give her the respect and love she deserved. She has helped many friends get through hard times and would help many of her children’s friends with anything they’d need. Her love, counsel, and wisdom lives on in the hearts, minds, and souls of everyone. We have loved her dearly and will continue to love her dearly for the rest of our lives. She is missed beyond measure and we cannot wait to be reunited with her and our Father in Heaven. We thank God that she is dancing, singing, and painting with him now, being cared for as she has cared for so many.
Guests are invited to share in a Celebration of Life Visitation from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., with 11:00 a.m. Funeral Services to follow on Friday, September, 30th, 2016 at Carnes Funeral Home – Texas City 3100 Gulf Freeway, Texas 77591. Interment to follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Houston, Texas.