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Mary Rose Holley
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Birth: Jun. 7, 1947
Merry Hill
Bertie County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Oct. 20, 2005
Essex County
New Jersey, USA

Dr. Mary Rose Holley
Dr. Mary Rose Holley was born on June 7, 1947, to the late Ruth and Cecil Holley in Merry Hill, North Carolina. She departed this life on Thursday, October 20, 2005 at Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, NJ. Mary Holley graduated from C.S. Brown High School in Winton, NC in 1967. In her quest for further knowledge she enrolled at St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh, NC where she earned her BA degree in Sociology in 1971. She continued to pursue in the field of Sociology and obtained her Master’s degree in 1973 at Fisk University. In 1978 she received her PhD with a major in Sociology and a minor in Sociology Gerontology from North Texas State University (University of North Texas), Denton, Texas. Dr. Holley was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Montclair State College in Upper Montclair, NJ. She achieved numerous accomplishments in the educational field. Some of her major accomplishments include the following: Research Assistant at Urban Observatory of Nashville-Davidson County, Assistant Project Director for Cultural Enrichment in Nashville, Tennessee, Project and Research Assistant at North Texas State University, Teaching Fellow for the Dept. of Sociology at North Texas State University, Associate Professor of Sociology at St. Augustine College, Fulbright Visiting Professor at National University of Lesotho, Roma, South Africa, Professor at Governor’s School on Environment at Stockton State College, Pomona, NJ. Dr. Holley was an active member of several professional societies: American Sociological Association, Association for Black Sociologists, Eastern Sociological Association, Gerontological Society of American and the National Council of Negro Women (Montclair Chapter). Due to her compassionate heart, Mary was a constant contributor to various organizations which included the State of NJ Employees’ Charitable Campaign. UNICEF, Montclair Art Museum, United Negro College Fund, United Way of Essex and the American Cancer Society. Dr. Holley was an active member of St. Paul Baptist Church of Montclair, NJ, where she attended Bible Study regularly as well as taught Sunday School. She was also part of the Youth Education Aid Council. Mary was a compassionate, giving, thoughtful and intelligent person who will be truly missed by her family, friends, colleagues and students. Survivors include a sister, Celestine Holley Speller of Colerain, NC; brothers, Cecil I. Holley, Jr. (Hattie) of Garner, NC, Carl Holley (Gloria) of Marshall, Texas, Kenneth Holley (Maxine) of Ahoskie, NC and Gregory Holley (Nicole), of West Germany. Final services for Dr. Mary Rose Holley will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2005 at 1 p.m. at Zion Hill Baptist Church, Colerain, NC. Interment will follow in Ashland Baptist Church Cemetery, Colerain, NC, with the Rev. Willie J. Best, Jr. officiating. Wilder’s Funeral Home, Inc., Aulander, NC, is in charge of arrangements.

Obituary, News-Herald, October 27, 2005. 
Ashland Baptist Church Cemetery
Bertie County
North Carolina, USA
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Originally Created by: Garver Graver
Record added: Oct 27, 2005
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