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Joan E. Holland, 90, of Youngstown, NY, died Thursday, April 27, 2017 in Niagara Hospice House, Lockport, after a lengthy illness. Born in Wayland, NY, on July 26, 1926 to the late Burton and Lena (Barnhart) Carney.
Joan was a graduate of Youngstown High School and the Kelley Business Institute. She was a woman ahead of her time raising her three young children along with working full time as a dispatcher at Harrison Radiator in Lockport after the death of her 1st husband, Charles C. Gray, in 1957. Joan loved crafts - seamstress, crocheting and needlepoint along with traveling and camping with her 2nd husband, Donald 'Dutch' Holland, who passed away April 21, 2009. Joan was a member of the Niagara Frontier Bible Church and the Ransomville Rural Retirees.
She is survived by three children, Donna Gray of Youngstown, Charles Gray of Dayton, OH, and Donald (Deborah) Gray of Dunkinsville, PA; two stepchildren, Douglas (Connie) Holland and Debra Targon; two sisters, Donna Hohenasee and Arlene Finley; six grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; several step-grandchildren; and one step-great-great-grandchild. She was very fond of her two nephews for all their help throughout her later years, Larry and Bruce Houck.
Friends may call at the Hardison Funeral Home, 3648 Ransomville Rd., Ransomville, on Saturday from 10 AM-12 PM. Funeral service will follow at 1 PM from the Niagara Frontier Bible Church, 5287 Bronson Dr,. Lewiston, with the Rev.Thomas Broderick officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Dr., Lockport, NY 14094.
Please visit hardisonfuneralhomes.com.
Published on April 27, 2017
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