Ruby Francis CarlLee Holman, 88, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at Conway Regional Medical Center.
She died peacefully in the presence of her devoted daughter-in-law, Judy Holman.
Fran was preceded in death by her parents, Edward A. and Elizabeth A. CarlLee of England; her husband, Eugene M. Holman, Sr.; four sisters, Ruth Hobson, Nuna Dolan, Deatie Rauton and Joy Riley; three brothers, Edward, Robert and Lewis CarlLee.
She is survived by her son, Eugene M. Holman, Jr. and wife Judy of Conway; three loving grandchildren, Eugene M. Holman, III and wife Shannon of Lonoke, Leigh Hillis Schild and husband Stuart of Little Rock, and Dr. Benjamin C. Holman and wife Mary Helen of Memphis; plus two wonderful great-grandchildren, Savannah and Hayden Holman of Lonoke.
She is also survived by her brother-in-law, Lewis S. Rauton of Little Rock, and a large group of loving nieces, nephews and their families, whom she loved greatly and claimed as her own.
She graduated from England High School in England and subsequently enrolled in the University of Arkansas at the age of 16.
There she became a proud and loyal member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, recommending many young women for membership.
She graduated with honors with a degree in banking and finance and became the first "Commerce Queen."
She married the great love of her life, Gene Holman, Sr., also from England, during World War II.
Her husband was a Naval officer, which allowed them to live in New York City, Newport, Rhode Island and Miami, early in their marriage.
After the war they returned to England where she put her business degree to good use for many years as an integral part of their construction and farming business.
Fran was a gracious and loving person, and a devoted caregiver to many friends and family.
Elegant, with a sharp mind and nimble wit, she was a true joy to be around.
She was a long-time member of the Order of Saint Luke and had a great passion for the Episcopal Church to which she actively recruited friends and family.
She had a long-time love affair with opera, was a very knowledgeable fan of football, and enjoyed a debate on politics at every level.
Fran’s desire was to be cremated with her ashes scattered on her husband’s grave.
A memorial service will be held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 925 Mitchell Street, Conway, at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 13.
It will be officiated by the Reverend Teri Daily, who was a comfort and joy to Fran and the Holman family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to St. Peter’s or a charity of your choice.