Alta Lynn (Holman) Holman

December 21, 1945 ~ July 9, 2021 (age 75)


Lynn Holman (75) went home to rest with the Lord on July 9, 2021 while surrounded by her beloved daughter, Elizabeth (Ryan) and grandson, Brooks.
Lynn was born on December 21, 1945 in Newark, OH and was preceded in death by her mother (Mary Jean Holman) and father (William Holman). From a young age, Lynn quietly pushed boundaries and blazed her own trail: playing basketball on the boy’s team, serving as scorekeeper for the Hebron Lancers,  and dedicating her life to a higher calling.
The latter led her to Black Mountain, NC where she served as a houseparent at the Presbyterian Home for Children. “Ms. Holman” touched, shaped and ultimately transformed countless childrens’ lives while at The Home.
Lynn later followed her passion for literature to Montreat College where she was a librarian for over twenty years. A lifelong learner, she earned two Master’s degrees during this time while also attending Appalachian State University. Montreat served as a special place for Lynn, filled with countless memories of fun and laughter with the Montreat College staff and with her daughter, Elizabeth.
A longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Swannanoa, Lynn served as Treasurer and first female deacon. She later went on to earn the designation as a lay pastor, which enabled her to preach on occasion.
“Lynn was the strongest woman I’ve ever met. Her quiet nature and self-assuredness made her as unique an individual as you’ll ever meet. Her humbleness, ‘roll up your sleeves’ strength, grace and humor are qualities that make her passing all the more heartbreaking. She is proof that angels do exist on Earth. The world is truly a better place because she was in it."
Until her passing, Lynn resided in Charleston, SC with her daughter Elizabeth. She was active in bingo, Wii bowling, Rummikub and (begrudgingly) crafting. Her grandson, Brooks, was the sunshine in her day and he is blessed to have known her.
Lynn is survived by her daughters, Elizabeth Roberts (Ryan) and Rachel Weir (Robert); grandsons, Seth Weir and Brooks Roberts. She is also survived by her sisters, Nan Thiel, Lisa Holman and Joyce Bendick.
The family holds a special place in our hearts for Melody Boscio of Crescent Hospice and the caretakers at Summit Place of Daniel Island for their kindness and support.
A private service will be held at Piney Grove Cemetery where Lynn will be laid to rest amongst her beloved church family, surrounded by the North Carolina mountains which she considered home.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Lynn's name to the Friends of the Montreat College Library (PO Box 1297, Montreat, NC 28757) or the Black Mountain Home for Children (
We encourage those who loved Lynn and mourn her passing to take time to pick up a book, smell the pages and indulge in a nice, long read- it’s what she is likely doing herself at this very moment.


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