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Official Obituary of

Mary Ann (Marshall) Holcomb

June 17, 1935 ~ March 1, 2024 (age 88) 88 Years Old

Mary Ann Holcomb Obituary

Mary Ann went to be with Jesus in Heaven & reunite with other family members on March 1, 2024, at Chester County Hospital, with family by her side at the age of 88.  She was born June 17, 1935, in Carroll County, VA, to the late Harless & Vera (Goad) Marshall.  She was married to Luther “Lou” Holcomb and shared 49 years of marriage.

She graduated from Hillsville High School, VA, in 1952.  Shortly after high school, she moved to Wilmington, DE, to live with her cousin, Maxine Goad.  She worked as a telephone operator for the Bell Telephone Company.  One weekend in 1954, she & Maxine went to New River Ranch a country music venue in Rising Sun, MD.  It was that that night she met the love of her life, Lou.  They were married February 5, 1955, & moved to Avondale, PA, to start their family.  They eventually settled in West Grove in 1968 on Sunnyside Road where they lived for 36 years.

She was a homemaker and cared for her three children and mother-in-law, Lelia (Cox) Holcomb until 1979.  She also worked at Kendall Retirement home for over two decades, serving as a waitress in the medical dining room, forming lasting friendships along the way, before eventually retiring.  She was a lifelong member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, in support of her husband who served in the Korean War.

She was a devout Christian, and her life was a true testimony.  During her youth, she actively participated in the Liberty Bible Church in Laurel Fork, VA.   She faithfully attended all church events and even won a Bible verse contest.   Additionally, her father’s donation of the land facilitated the construction of the church. 

After moving to PA with her husband, thanks to her sister-in-law, Ruth Richards, she became a member of the Toughkenamon Presbyterian Church.  Over the years, she faithfully served in various roles such as a greeter, and a Deacon demonstrating her dedication to the church and community.  She continued to attend services until she no longer could drive, although remained a member.  She cherished her church family deeply.  They continued to visit and pray with her, offering support and companionship.

She was a loving, kind, compassionate, sweet, and gentle woman who loved caring for and spending time with her family.  Each & every family member felt her unconditional love.  She loved flowers, had the ultimate “sweet tooth” and collected salt & pepper shakers. No matter what she was faced with in life, she Always kept her Faith!

She is survived by her daughters:  Mary Lou Thomas & Ruth Ann Gilbert (Ronnie).
8 Grandchildren:  Shannon Whitt (Billy), Sara Sexton, Betsy Schmidt (Stephen), Zachary Wilson (Amy), Michael Holcomb II, Amanda Dugger (Josh), Cassie Wilson & Erica Gilbert.
21 Great Grandchildren:  William (Krista), Alivia (Artie), Ronnie (Hayleigh), Makenzie, Karly, Paige, Chelsea, Owen, Madisen, Athena, Sean, Zachary, Aubrey, Michael III, Mason, Kendra, Amelia, Alex, Wyatt, Stella & Jessie.
3 Great Great Grandchildren:  Arthur, Carter & Alorah.
Brother: Joel Racine Marshall, Daughter-in-law: Mary Ellen Jackson & many nieces & nephews.

In addition to her parents & husband, she was predeceased by her son: Michael L. Holcomb, Brothers:  Wayne Marshall, Ralph Marshall & Saford James Marshall, numerous brothers-in-law & sisters-in-law, son-in-law: John Thomas & Grandson-in-law:  Bobbie Sexton.

Visitation will be held from 9:30AM to 11:30AM on Friday, March 8, 2024 at Foulk Funeral Home, 200 Rose Hill Road, West Grove, PA 19390. Services will begin at 11:30AM and interment will follow at Union Hill Cemetery.  

As Mary Ann would say, “Turn the other cheek”, “Jesus Never Fails” & “Bye. Be good & God Bless.”


Arrangements by Foulk Funeral Home of West Grove, PA. 

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March 8, 2024

9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Foulk Funeral Home of West Grove, Inc.
200 Rose Hill Road
West Grove, PA 19390

Funeral Service
March 8, 2024

11:30 AM
Foulk Funeral Home of West Grove, Inc.
200 Rose Hill Road
West Grove, PA 19390

March 8, 2024

1:00 PM
Union Hill Cemetery
424 N. Union Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348


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