Muriel G. Hollar departed this life, after a long illness, on May 14, 2013, in Phoenix Arizona.
A Memorial Service for Ms. Hollar will be held at St. Simon the Cyrenian Church, Saturday, June 22nd at 2:00 pm.
She was born on August 14, 1931 in New Rochelle, New York, to Grace (Hobby) and Dr. Uriel S. Gunthorpe. Muriel attended schools in New Rochelle and graduated 1949. During her high school years she was the Black cheerleader in New Rochelle High School. She attended Syracuse University where she met and married Milton C. Hollar on June 28, 1952. From this union three children were born, Michael Conover Hollar (deceased), Melia Cherie Hollar (White Plains, NY), and Marc Cameron Hollar (Lisa) Phoenix, Az.
Muriel worked for Howard University Medical School as a Medical Secretary from 1958 until 1962. While raising her three children she did numerous volunteer services for the New Rochelle school system, the New Rochelle Human Rights Commission, and Planned Parenthood. Muriel loved the theater, the arts, gardening, and entertaining friends and family at home. She traveled extensively throughout Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico, and South America. Muriel also had a fond love of animals as there were many pets in and out of the household, especially “Rocky and Flower”.
Muriel returned to work in 1989 at Manhattanville College. She retired in 1998 from New Rochelle Hospital and relocated to Sarasota, Fl with her longtime companion Dr. Alexander Jordan. She moved to Albuquerque, NM where her son Marc and wife Lisa resided and later moved to Phoenix, Az. where she resided until the time of her death.
Muriel was predeceased by her parents, son Michael, daughter in law Angela Hollar, brother Uriel Gunthorpe, two sisters Martha Gunthorpe, and Mary Bumbrey and companion Alexander Jordan.
She is survived by her two children Melia and Marc, three grandchildren, Leon M. Byrd III, Mecia C. Hollar, and Marissa C. Buster, and two great-grandchildren Marcos and
Angelina Arjona and her brother Julian Gunthorpe.
She also leaves behind to cherish her memories a host of family, friends, and others who affectionately called her “Mommy”.
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