Maben church honors Margaret Holland

By Terry Harpole

MABEN — Sept. 23 was a full day at Maben Methodist Church, with the Methodist Men’s meeting and a dinner given to honor and remember Margaret Holland, one of the many faithful members of the church.

Miss Margaret, born Margaret Williamson in Clinton, came to and attended Wood College in Mathiston, where she met and later married Malloy Love, who was a native of Webster County.

Malloy served in World War II, and Miss Margaret and Malloy lived in San Antonio, Texas. They were blessed with three daughters: Lilley Margaret, Melinda and Rebecca, or Becca.

Miss Margaret continued her education at Berea (Ky.) College. Malloy came home from the war and the couple lived in San Antonio for nine more years. Malloy Love was killed in an airplane crash in 1953, leaving young Margaret alone with three young daughters to raise.

Miss Margaret met Wilbur Holland from near Maben-Mathiston area and they were later married.

Wilbur Holland, a longtime bachelor and son of George and Ina Holland, instantly became not only a husband but a father to three lovely young girls. Margaret, Wilbur and the girls lived a happy life together.

Miss Margaret beforehand had gone to Mississippi State University, where she got her bachelor’s and master’s, and continued a career of teaching. She taught in Belzoni High School for three years and Maben High School five years, and retired after teaching at Mathiston High School 12 years. She did work in the offices at Wood College for a few years, too.

Wilbur and Miss Margaret were avid Mississippi State Bulldog fans, and attended many athletic events at the university, including the baseball tournaments in Omaha, Neb., when Mississippi State played.

Wilbur Holland died in 1962 after a happy married life with his new family. Miss Margaret continued to live on in the home she and Wilbur built at Holland Crossing on Wood College Road until the last few years, when she moved to a retirement center in Starkville.

Miss Margaret, who was still active and very sharp and still is today, decided this was not for her. After the move to Starkville, Miss Margaret’s home, which she had rented to another family, was destroyed by the tornado that swept across Webster County and much of Mississippi in 2011.

She now spends the fall and winter months with her daughters: Lilley Margaret Scott and her husband, Scott, in Orlando, Fla.; Dr. Rebecca “Becca” Wilkes and her husband, Dr. Sam Wilkes, in Starkville; and Melinda Young and her husband, Dr. Rick Young, president of East Mississippi Community College in Scooba, who live in the Ticky Bend community.

When Miss Margaret is with the Youngs, she will be found at Maben Methodist Church every Sunday for services. A longtime supporter and faithful member of the church even when she is away from the Maben area, Miss Margaret continues her support for her church with her financial support and her prayers, and continues to keep in touch.

The dinner on Sept. 23 was a happy occasion honoring a person who has for a long time been a faithful and appreciated member. She will next be going to Orlando to spend some time with her daughter there.