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Obituary for BEATRICE HOLLAND
Beatrice, better known as "Lil Babe" and "Bea", was born on February 19, 1924 to Thomas and Gertrude Plater Rawlings of Sunderland, Maryland. She peacefully passed on to glory at approximately 4:00a.m. on Sunday, October 22, 2017.
Bea attended Mount Hope Elementary School (now the Mt. Hope Community Center) and graduated from the William Sampson Brooks High School in 1942. Upon graduation from high school she began employment at a restaurant in Rose Haven, Maryland of the southernmost end of Anne Arundel County.
She was joined in Holy Matrimony to Otis Odell Holland of Huntingtown, Maryland, in December of 1953. Their marriage spanned a period of over six decades.
Bea and Otis started a family and she was devoted to raising her children. Her son, Quentin, stated, "She was a 100% mother and some change." During the course of raising their children, Bea and Otis experienced the joy of building their own home. They were, also, blessed to be able to travel (usually accompanied by long-time friends Calvin and Mary Gorman) while nurturing the children. On Sundays, Bea and the family's worship experience was initially at Mount Hope United Methodist Church in Sunderland, Maryland. The family then began to attend Plum Point United Methodist Church in Huntingtown, Maryland, where they continued their attendance. Bea attended Plum Point United Methodist Church until she was no longer capable of doing so.
Her favorite pastime was watching television shows such as, "I Love Lucy", "General Hospital" and "As the World Turns" to name just a few. She had an abundance of patience and she was a great cook.
Cherished memories of Bea will be kept by her loving and devoted husband of sixty-three years: Otis; her loving children: Kenneth, Quentin, Patsy, Dean and Dexter; two sisters-in-law: Florence Wills and Rosalee Holland; two brothers-in-law: John Wills and Monroe Holland, Sr.; one daughter-in-law: Shawn Wills; twenty-three grandchildren; twenty-seven great-grandchildren; numerous great-great grandchildren; a special nephew, Robert "Bobby" Rawlings; two special cousins, Mildred "Reds" Wills and Patricia Wills; and a host of other special nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Bea was preceded in death by: her parents; three sons, James Roscoe ("Butch"), Ronnie and Michael; her siblings, Myrtle T. Wilson, Eva Rawlings, Edna Ray, Mildred Hall, Gladys Adams, Thomas Rawlings, Sr. and Bernard Rawlings; and her long-time friend, Marie Jones.