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Striffler-Hamby Mortuary - Columbus

4071 Macon Road, Columbus, GA

OBITUARY

Zereda Hicks Holland

February 22, 1923January 7, 2020
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Zereda Hicks Holland, age 96, of Columbus, Georgia passed away on January 7, 2020. A Celebration of Zereda’s Life will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at Striffler-Hamby Mortuary. Inurnment will be at Fort Mitchell National Cemetery on Monday, January 13, 2020 at 2:30 pm.

Zereda was born on February 22, 1923 in Talladega, Alabama to her parents, Archie Hicks and Mary Butler Hicks. She grew up in the Talladega area and graduated from Talladega High School. She joined the U.S. Navy during World War II and worked for the Secretary of the Navy in Washington, D.C. In 1945 Zereda married R.C. Holland, and they had three sons, Kenneth, Mike, and Gary.

Zereda lived life without expectations and found great joy in being down to earth. She was honest, humble, and enjoyed every opportunity she had to serve others. She volunteered at Camp Joy, knitted angels to sell at charity fundraisers, and knitted hats for cancer patients. She led a Christ-like life by serving others all of her days. Zereda enjoyed many things during her life, including the Atlanta Braves, auto racing (her favorite drivers were Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr.), volunteering at Meals on Wheels, Feeding the Valley, Valley Rescue Mission. She started two Red Hat Society Chapters in Columbus, and she was a volunteer with the Piedmont Volunteer Auxiliary. Zereda also enjoyed traveling, seeing new places, and meeting new people. What she truly loved was her family and spending time with them, especially those times when she was able to cook for them.

Zereda is preceded in death by her parents and her son, Kenneth Holland. Survivors include her two sons, Douglas Michael Holland and Gary David (Debra) Holland; numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; and numerous additional family members and friends of family that will cherish her memory. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation on Zereda’s behalf to the American Red Cross.

  • FAMILY

  • Douglas Michael Holland, Son
  • Gary David Holland, Son
  • Archie Hicks, Father (deceased)
  • Mary Butler Hicks, Mother (deceased)
  • Kenneth Holland, Son (deceased)
  • Mrs.Holland also leaves behind numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, many other family members and friends to cherish her memory.
  • DONATIONS

  • American Red Cross

Services

  • Memorial Service Sunday, January 12, 2020
  • A Visitation of Family and Friends Sunday, January 12, 2020

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Steve Swenson

January 13, 2020

What wonderful testimony to leave great-great grandchildren and children and grands. Our prayers are with you as you grieve the loss of someone so dear. I hope memories of her love continue to draw you all together. Much love from Augusta, GA.
Steve Swenson

Marci Doran

January 12, 2020

Gran made me feel loved my entire life. She took every opportunity to show that love by giving of her time, her hand made gifts, and affection. Her love was shared with my husband and daughters, too. Her passing leaves a hole in my life , and we will miss her dearly.

Hugh Warren

January 12, 2020

Ms Holland was truly a joy to know. I enjoyed talking with her about her hobbies and interests, family and her favorite charities. She taught me how to prepare her roasted nut mix and shared some of her cooking secrets. Once we were chatting about her knitting and I asked if she could make some hats for the oncology patients where I worked. She not only made some but took it on as a project and with the help of Mike shipped them to me. She loved to show me the various patterns and colors. I’m truly blessed to have known Ma Holland and cherish the time spent with her.

Charlene Rhodes

January 11, 2020

She was one of the best grandmothers I’ve ever known.

Emily Feltman

January 11, 2020

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January 11, 2020

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