Beatrice Gwendolyn Larkin Holloway was a former public school teacher.

She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

Holloway died on Wednesday, May 23, 2012. She was 85.

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She was the third of four children born to Rev. George W. and Matoaka Vinson Larkin in Bergaw, N.C., on May 8, 1927.

Holloway, who was known as “Gwen” or “Bea,” was educated in the public schools of North Carolina and received her bachelor’s degree in education from Shaw University. She continued her education by receiving master’s degrees from New York University and Penn State University in elementary education and elementary administration respectively. She taught in the public schools in North Carolina and Pennsylvania for over 35 years and retired in 1985.

After joining the church at an early age, Holloway was a faithful member of St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in North Carolina and transferred that same devotion to Mt. Olivet Tabernacle Baptist Church in Philadelphia.

She met Hiliary H. Holloway at her sister’s wedding and they were married in 1951. From this union, they had two children, Hiliary H. Holloway Jr. and Janis L. Holloway.

She was a very quiet and systematic person who was a member of many organizations.

Holloway was preceded in death by her husband.

She is survived by her son, Hiliary Jr. (Renetta); daughter, Janis; granddaughter, Olivia Yvette Holloway; one sister, Margaret Wilson; four sisters-in-law, Martha Larkin, Anna Morris, Lily Holloway and Josephine Brown; and other family and friends.

A memorial service will be held June 2 at 11 a.m. at the Mt. Olivet Tabernacle Baptist Church, 647 North 42nd Street. Burial will be private.

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