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Obituary for VIOLA C. HOLLAND
VIOLA CARLENE HOLLAND, was the fifth of 16 children born to the late James C. Long, Sr. and the late Ethelyn Long. She was born August 24, 194 7 in Calvert County, MD and departed this life on Tuesday, October 29, 2019.
Carlene, as most referred to her, was a woman that loved unconditionally. She was a woman of faith and was kind beyond measure. There was nothing Carlene enjoyed more than spending time with the many people she loved. She was a mentor, an advisor and a true friend to all she met. She was a mother and a grandmother to more than just her immediate family. Her nurturing spirit drew many into her life.
Carlene was educated in the public schools of Calvert County, Maryland. She was a member of W.S. Brooks High School graduating class of 1965.
On April 13, 1966, Carlene was united in marriage to Maurice Franklin Holland "Frankie". Their union was blessed with one daughter, Melanie LaTesha Holland. Carlene was a loving and devoted wife until the time God called Frankie home on November 8, 1997.
Carlene began a career in banking in February 1976 as a teller for Maryland National Bank in Prince Frederick, MD. She loved her job and customers, and they loved and adored her. Carlene always greeted everyone with a smile, a kind word, and some even received hugs. Many of the customers would wait patiently to have her help them. Carlene had many opportunities to advance but chose to be a teller. As a testament to her recognized expertise, she was called upon for several years to train in-coming tellers and business bankers on the teller functions and duties. Throughout her career she received numerous awards for 100% settlement accuracy, outstanding customer service, and her dedication and service to the company. After 26 years in banking, she retired in August 2002 from Bank of America.
Carlene enjoyed traveling and often reminisced about past trips taken with her husband. She enjoyed spending time with her daughter and grandsons. She especially loved tl1eir one Sunday a month dinner tradition. Carlene also loved to fellowship with her Patuxent and Plum Point United Methodist church families. She was a current member of the Pas tor's Parish Relations Committee (PPRC). She was very enthusiastic about being a member of the Patuxent United Methodist Church Voices of Praise and volunteering with the Food Ministry. Carlene loved staying after church to assist with cleaning each week. As her amount of years at Patuxent United Methodist Church increased so did all her life-long friendships. Above all, Carlene loved God and put him first in all she did.
Preceding her in death were her husband Maurice Franklin Holland and her sisters Geraldine Johnson, Shirley Rafinello (John), Maxine Murray (Thomas) and brothers Thomas Eli Long (Ruth) and Oliver Long.
Carlene leaves to cherish her memory: one daughter, Melanie Holland; two grandsons, Andre Carter and Isaiah Carter; seven sisters, Rose Long, Ethel Conley, Leslie Gross (Larry), Claudia Smith, Christine Long, Darlene Long, LaShawn Brooks (Howard) and three brothers, James C. Long, Sr. (Alice), Durrell Long (Felicia), Patrick Long (Darlene); and through marriage two sisters in-law, Helen Beverly (Francis), Malinda Evans (Otis) and one brother-in-law, Arthur Holland (Marva). Along with two special groups of friends; the W.S. Brooks High School class of 65 and her Bank of America co-workers as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.