Marian Holiwell

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It wasn't until Marian Holiwell reached the age of 70 that she considered retiring. The enjoyment she received working with people kept her involved in her work and in the community.             

The mother of 10 children, Marian was a stay at home mother and didn't enter the workforce until her children were all almost out on their own.     It was natural for Marian to care for others, so her first job was working at Manhattan Day Care. Four years later, she and a friend started their own day care at the Douglas Center.

She later worked at Woolworth's Department Store until it closed its doors, as the Director of the Senior Center, and the Green Thumb Job services. Her last job was at the Red Cross helping people.

Marian met her husband at the USO in the Douglas Center. They started dating and married in 1943.  Abraham served two years in the Navy and then returned to Manhattan to work as a baker. This was perhaps the reason Marian loved to make cinnamon rolls and carrot cakes each year for family and friends at Christmas time.

Marian was elected the "Mother of the Year" by the Lions club in 1960. She enjoyed singing in the choir, working with the youth, and making dinners at her church. She also belonged to the Mothers Club and to the Sisters of Soul. 

Marian said her children spoiled her with trips to Hawaii and Las Vegas. They also gave her wonderful birthday and anniversary parties.           

When Marian started to need more help physically, she came to live at Via Christi Village in Manhattan. She laughs when she says she stays involved here too. She is one of the Crafty Ladies craft group that makes the decorations for different events at the village. She also loves bingo and all the special programs and entertaining performances.

Marian Holiwell 


Marian today

Marian as a young girl


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