ALBANY -- Anne Blackmar Edge Holman was born on June 17, 1920 in Columbus, Georgia where she lived until she was 5 years old. Her family moved to Deland, Florida when her father, David Brainerd Edge, and mother, Evelyn Estelle Bickerstaff Edge of Columbus, Georgia were transferred there. In 1935, the family moved to Decatur, Georgia.
She graduated from Decatur Girls' School in 1938, and was featured in their school annual as "Most Popular". She attended the University of Georgia for two years serving as President of her class, a member of Student Government, a member of Alpha Lambda Delta freshman honor society and finished her sophomore year in the upper 3% scholastically. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority. She played tennis on the first women's sports team at the University.
In the fall of 1940, while attending a dance at Emory University, she met the love of her life, Charlie Holman, a medical student there. They dated about 2 years and married on June 6, 1942 in Atlanta. White he was in medical school, she worked at Retail Credit Company (Equifax now) as a cost accountant for 2 -1/2 years. When they moved to Montreal, Quebec for his Internship at the Royal Victoria Hospital, she transferred to the Retail Credit office there and was a Service Reviewer. Most all there reports were in French. Luckily, Anne had taker French in school for three years.
In the spring of 1949, she and Dr. Holman returned to Albany, Georgia where he began his OB/GYN Practice. There they raised their three children: Tod, Judy and Dinah.
Anne was a member of the Hospital League of Albany and served as their President the year the League was accepted into the Junior League of America. She was a member of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America as well as the Town and Country Garden Club.
Anne always had a great love for children. She conducted a Cub Scout Den for 5 years, a Brownie Scout Group for 3 years, and taught the Sophomore Class Sunday School at First United Methodist Church for several years.
Later on "Nandy" had the most fun of her life taking her 8 grandchildren to their lake house on Lake George every summer for a week for many years. Since many of the grandchildren lived in Tennessee and Alabama, she wanted them to know each other and become good friends. They called the time together, "Kids' Week."
She and Dr. Holman were married 70 years. They were a devoted couple who shared a love of the outdoors, nature, hunting, fishing and bird-watching. They often, laughingly, described themselves as deeply in love as well as "Best Friends."
Anne is survived by her husband, Dr. Charles Milligan Holman, Sr., her sister, Mrs. Walter Marshall Mitchell, Sr. (Evelyn Estelle Edge). Their 3 children: Dr. Charles Milligan Holman, Jr. ("Tod" and Jean Graham Holman) of Ocean Springs, MS.; Mrs. Walter Mabry Deriso, Jr. (Judith Anne Holman Deriso and "Sonny") of Albany/Atlanta, GA.; and Mrs. Rodney Lee Freeman (Dinah Holman Freeman and Rod) of Nashville, TN. Her grandchildren are Mrs. John Bailey (Holly Ann Holman Bailey and John) of Charleston, West Virginia. Mrs. John Hensley (Lauren Elizabeth Holman and John) of Mobile, Alabama; Walter Mabry Deriso III (Walt and Anna) of Atlanta, Georgia; Dr. Charles Holman Deriso (Charlie and Rachael) of Albany, Georgia; Richard Warren Deriso (Rich and Suzanne) of Atlanta, Georgia; Mrs. Scott Davis (Kelly Christine Freeman Davis and Scott) of Ocala, Florida; Mr. Robert Clinton Freeman (Bobby and Adrienne) of Nashville, Tennessee; Mr. Richard Freeman (Richard and Meg) of Nashville, Tennessee. She had 18 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Mary McConnell was a dear family friend who Anne often said was the "smartest person I know."
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Thursday October 25, 2012 at First United Methodist Church of Albany at 2:00 PM with Rev. Dr. Don Adams officiating. A PRIVATE family interment will also be held on Thursday at Crown Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday October 24, 2012 at Kimbrell-Stern from 6-8 PM.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully wishes memorials be considered for these meaningful charities: Albany Community Hospice 320 Foundation Lane Albany, GA. 31707; The Foundation of the Methodist Home P.O. Box 2600 Macon, GA 31203; or Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation Attention Memorial Gifts 1687 Tullie Circle, Northeast Atlanta, GA. 30329.
You may sign the guestbook and share your thoughts with the family of Mrs. Anne by visiting Kimbrell-Stern's website at www.kimbrellstern.com.
Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors