Frances Catherine Holleyman passed away in her home at the age of 97 from natural causes. She was born Frances Catherine Perry in Cash, Texas on May 31, 1921 to Walter Perry and Ella Ferguson Perry.
Catherine is survived by her oldest son Kirk Bradford Holleyman, his wife Debbie and two granddaughters, Kristen Nicole and Dayna Renee; her youngest son, Carl Reeves Holleyman; her sister Cordella Rambo and brother Reeves Baldwin Perry. She was preceded in death by her husband Jewell Bradford Holleyman and sister Bennie Ariel Drew.
Catherine grew up in Greenville, Texas and graduated from Greenville High School in 1938. In 1943 she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the Texas State College for Women. She taught school for a time during her college years at the Liberty Community School in Greenville.
She started a teaching career in earnest in Hawkins, Texas in 1943. She moved to White Oak in 1944 where she taught Spanish and speech at White Oak High School through 1949. During this time she met her future husband Brad and they married in Greenville on March 2nd 1949. Through several moves and the arrival of two sons, Catherine continued teaching. In 1959, Catherine and Brad settled in Highland Park, Illinois. She was hired to teach first grade at Wilmot Elementary School in Deerfield where she stayed for 23 years until retiring in 1982.
During her working years, she was an active member of the Highland Park Presbyterian Church and gave her time to the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of America. In her retirement she traveled with Brad, joined the Highland Park Women's Club and participated in Meals on Wheels through the church.
Upon the death of her husband in 1998, Catherine moved to Tucson, AZ with her son Carl where she lived for 8 years. In 2007 she moved to Waxahachie, TX with Carl where she lived until her death. She joined the Central Presbyterian Church in Waxahachie in 2008.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, September 28 in the Pat Boze Memorial Chapel of Wayne Boze Funeral Home, 1826 W. Hwy 287 Business in Waxahachie, TX. Visitation will begin 1 hour before the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Central Presbyterian Church in Waxahachie.
For those attending the graveside service, you are invited to join the family at the Chili's Restaurant, 7099 I-30 Frontage Road, Greenville, Texas 75402, immediately following the graveside service.
1826 US-287 BUS
Waxahachie, TX 75165
808 W. Jack Finney Blvd.
Greenville, Texas 75402