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Berniece Melba Holaday, age 96, of Success, MO passed away August 27, 2013 in Houston House, Houston, MO. She was born October 9, 1916 in Ellis Prairie, MO to Grover and Polly (Jones) Kirkman.

Berniece was raised in the Ellis Prairie area and spent her entire life living on a farm in Success.

She attended school and received her teaching degree and taught in several Rural Schools and in Licking, Plato and Success. She also helped out at the Success Post office where she was officer in charge.

She married George W. Holaday May 9, 1939 in Houston at the Rev. Halbrook’s home. And to this union three children were born, Gary, Debbie and Linda.

Berniece was preceded in death by her parents, her husband George, a daughter, Linda Wolford, a brother, Delmar Kirkman and two sisters; Juanita Daugherty and Faye Flowers.

She is survived by her son, Gary Holaday and wife Barb of Bucyrus, MO, her daughter Debbie Holaday of Rolla, MO, three grandchildren; Jeffrey Wolford of Houston, MO, Jennifer Leatherman of Texarkana, TX and Darin Leatherman of Texas, two step-grandchildren; Phillip and Andrea Curry of Houston, MO, one great-grandchild, Tyler Curry of Houston, MO and a sister, Mable Mitchell of Licking, MO.

Berniece enjoyed traveling and went on many cruises throughout her life, she toured, Europe, Alaska, Australia, Hawaii, Asia, the Caribbean and many other places. She could also play a mean game of cards, especially pitch or pinochle.

Berniece will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Online condolences may be made to

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Friday August 30, 2013 at Evans Funeral Home. Services will be held Saturday August 31, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at Evans Funeral Home with Pastor David Barbee officiating. Burial will be in Boone Creek Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

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