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Martha Underwood Holland

DAWSON -- Martha Underwood Holland, 98, died Monday, October 29, 2012 in Americus, Georgia. A funeral service will be held at Harvey Funeral Home in Dawson, Georgia, Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 11 a.m., followed by interment at the Bronwood Cemetery in Bronwood, Georgia.

Martha was born February 2, 1914 in Clio, Alabama, the daughter of Sanford Furman Underwood of Macon County, Georgia and Ruth Webb Underwood of Anson County, North Carolina. Martha spent most of her childhood years growing up in Bronwood, Georgia where her father was the station agent for the Central of Georgia Railroad. After graduating from the Bronwood School, Martha attended the Georgia State Teachers College (University of Georgia) in Athens, Georgia and the Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville, Georgia. She returned to Bronwood in 1933 to teach the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades in the local school.

In June 1936 Martha married John M. Holland of Bronwood and left almost immediately for China where John worked as an aviation advisor for the Chinese Air Corps. After a harrowing escape from Shanghai, China at the beginning of the 2nd Sino-Japanese war, Martha returned to the United States with her husband and infant son, ultimately settling in Miami Springs, Florida. During her many years in South Florida Martha dedicated her time to raising her two sons, part-time teaching, and participating in and supporting the many activities of the First Presbyterian Church of Miami Springs. When John retired from Eastern Air Lines, the couple returned to Bronwood where Martha spent more than 20 years as an active member of the community and the Bronwood United Methodist Church.

In addition to being a devoted and loving wife, mother, and teacher, Martha was a talented musician, easily strumming a tune on a banjo or playing a melody on a piano to entertain her children or grandchildren. In her later years she delighted in knitting brightly colored blankets and covers that are cherished by her family and friends. Martha was also a passionate baseball fan, seldom missing a televised game of her favorite team, the Atlanta Braves.

Martha's thoughts were always centered on her faith in God and on the comfort and care of those surrounding her. She will always be remembered by her family and friends for the unconditional and unselfish love she gave to each one. Even in her final days she remained a gracious lady, never complaining, and always thinking of others.

Martha was preceded in death by her parents, Sanford and Ruth Underwood, her brother, Roderick Underwood, her sister, Ada Ruth Underwood McKenzie, her husband, John M. Holland, and a son, David Furman Holland. She is survived by her sister, Helen Underwood Kent of Anderson, SC, her sister, Hazel Underwood Rivers of Tallahassee, Florida, her brother, Sanford Underwood of Rincon, Georgia, a son, John M. Holland, Jr. and wife Patricia, of Tallahassee, Florida, her daughter-in-law, Emily Brown Holland of Atlanta, Georgia, four grandchildren, David Christopher Holland and wife Rema of Glen Carbon, Illinois, John Marc Holland and wife Kris of Portland, Oregon, Paul Wesley Holland and wife Heidi of Atlanta, Georgia, and Paul Lynwood Holland of Atlanta, Georgia, and four great grandchildren, David Wesley Holland, Olivia Grace Holland, William Christopher Holland, and Thomas Furman Holland.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bronwood United Methodist Church, c/o Mrs. Tina Ivey, P.O. Box 9, Bronwood, Georgia, 39826.

Those wishing to sign the online registry for Mrs. Holland may do so at www.harveyfuneralhome.com.

Harvey Funeral Home

Dawson 229/995-2104

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