Evelyn A. Holman


MARION – Evelyn Ann Holman, 84, of Marion, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at her home.

The visitation will be from 11 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, at the Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home, 900 N. Court St., Marion. Following the time of visitation the funeral service will be at noon at the funeral home with Dr. Bob Dickerson presiding. Interment will follow at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017 at Bethel Cemetery in Swanwick in Perry County. Those wishing to attend the committal service should gather at the cemetery prior to 3 p.m.

She was born Thursday, March 30, 1933, in Oregon, Ill., the daughter of Terry and Esther Mae (Craig) Tripp. Evelyn was united in marriage to Lawrence Holman on Tuesday, April 15, 1952, in Covington, Ind., and together they shared over 39 years of marriage before his death on Dec. 31, 1991.

She is survived by her six daughters and one son-in-law, Marilyn Howell of Colorado, Isabelle Gates of Florida, Cassandra and Stanley Beggs of Marion, Patricia Besix of Marion, Elizabeth Messervey and fiancé Jim Zimmerman of Marion, Anna Smith of Arlington; four sons and three daughters-in-law, David and Hermilyn Holman of Maricopa, Ariz., Robert and Jean Holman of Dothan, Ala., Jimmy and Mary Holman of Cocoa, Fla., and Donald Holman of Marion, a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister and brother-in-law, Irma and Amos Sommers of Metropolis; brother and sister-in-law, Elmer and Lavonne Tripp of Rockford, other extended family and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lawrence Holman; son, William Holman and infant son, Daniel Holman; sister, Winifred Coy and brother, Albert Tripp.

She grew up and attended school in Oregon, and later moved to Southern Illinois, first living in Creal Springs, before moving to Marion where she made her home for the past several years. 

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Marion and for many years has attended First Baptist Church of Marion. 

Before moving to Southern Illinois she was a factory worker in Spring Valley and Mendota, and worked as a home nurses aid in Amboy.

She not only worked outside of the home, but also worked with that of a “Pioneer Spirit” at home raising her large family. She spent hours canning vegetables from the large garden they grew and what they didn’t use they shared with the neighbors. She spent a good portion of her time washing laundry with an old wringer washer and hung the clothes outside to dry. Evelyn cleaned her home relentlessly, while listening to good ole country music with some of her favorite singers being Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn.   

She was a loving wife and mother who always enjoyed caring for her family and her home Evelyn and her beautiful smile will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Arrangements for Evelyn Ann Holman have been entrusted to Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home, Marion.

For those who prefer, memorial contributions may be made to, Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home to assist with the final expenses and mailed in care of Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home, 900 N. Court St., Marion, IL 62959. Memorial envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

For additional information or to leave an online condolence please visit www.wilsonmcreynolds.com or call the funeral home at 618-993-2131.

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