Mary Carver Holder

Friday, March 4, 1932 - Wednesday, August 26, 2020

A Precious Lady

Photo of Mary Carver Holder  - 1932-2020

Canton- As Heaven’s angels watched over Mary Elizabeth Carver Holder, she peacefully passed away and entered into eternal peace and rest on Wednesday, August 26, 2020.

Mary was born March 4, 1932 to the late Arvil Carver and the late Sallie Smith Carver. She was a lifelong resident of Haywood County and was blessed with a family that loved her deeply and with friends that have cherished her friendship all throughout her 88 years of a full and wonderful life. A dedicated homemaker, Mary enjoyed entertaining and those who visited the Holder home were greeted with open arms and were always made feel right at home. She especially enjoyed planning special meals using her beautiful china and preparing a bounty of delicious food for her family and friends. Mary loved to cook and she often shared her homemade cakes, samples of all types of delicious candy and even varieties of jellies and vegetables that she had canned during the summer season with those she loved. Her home was filled with an amazing collection of angels that were admired all throughout the year and Mary was quite talented at arranging beautiful flowers that were displayed throughout her home. Holidays were a favorite time at the Holder home and everyone always enjoyed being together and reminiscing about years gone by. Mary and her beloved late husband, Ray shared a marriage of 62 years of a devoted and wonderful life together. Today, as we hold Mary’s memory in our hearts, do an act of kindness or reach out to share a gift of love to someone special in your life, Mary would be pleased.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Holder who passed away in 2014; and her son, Denver Ray Holder, Jr.; four brothers, and seven sisters.

Surviving are her grandson, Zachary Holder and Maggie McGuin; her sisters, “Tootsie” Lindsey of Canton, and Linda Smith and husband Claude “Buck” Smith of Canton; nieces, Patsy Underwood, Gail Henson, and Earlene Moore who were always there for Mary, and several other nieces and nephews.

A funeral service to remember and celebrate the life of Mary Holder will be held at 2:00 pm Sunday, August 30, 2020 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. Pastor Jimmy Smathers will be officiating. Entombment will follow at The Horizon Mausoleum at Crawford / Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde.

Memorials may be made in Mary’s memory to one’s favorite charity.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Holder family.

Condolences from family and friends

My deepest sympathy to all of Mary's family.
Juanita Dixon
Loved my Dear Aunt Mary so much.One of the nicest caring Angels fly high and join with Judy in the gates of heaven.She is in peace with all her loved ones.Till we meet again.
Kathy Carver
Zach, Sorry about your Grandma. Praying for you.
Leslie and Sheila King
Sorry in loss of your Grandmother. Carolyn and Gerald Stamey
Carolyn and Gerald Stamey
Sorry to hear about your Grandmother.
David Hancock
Special prayers for the family. Mary a sweet lady. Dear friend to my mother, Zelda Grogan. Mary will be missed dearly. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Mike & Angela Grogan
So very sorry for your loss.Mary was a very special lady
Norma Kemp
Our thoughts and prayers are with Mrs. Mary's family and friends. I had the honor of knowing her as Denver's mom while on the NCSAR dogs, during that time she fed us several meals. She even tolerated us using her living room for WFR training video reviews once. Later we were blessed to have her as a neighbor and shared quite a few meals and desserts back and forth. Wonderful lady and hostess.
Cyndi and Charles Blankenship
Sending love and prayers. I will so miss our phone conversation. love Janice and family
Janice Parham
very sorry to hear about Mary's passing she was a beautiful day lady. God Bless you Dawn Hyatt
Dawn Worley Hyatt
I was introduced to Mary a few years ago and became very close with her. She was a special friend to me and I will miss her dearly.
Debora Davis
Zachary and family, We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Mary. We have been neighbors for many years and she will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of loss.
Charles, Kelly and Joanie Jenkins
Sending my deepest sympathy to Mary’s family. She, Ray and Denver were my neighbors when I first moved to Canton and lived with my Aunt and Uncle Dot and Bob Wood. Mary was such a nice sweet lady and I will miss our phone conversations. We had planned a reunion but our plans were put on hold when Covid put us all in quarantine. Heaven couldn’t wait for another angel.
Linda Jordan
Oh how I miss Italian Cream Cheese Cakes for my birthdays and canning sessions with my Aunt Mary and Mom. RIP Aunt Mary... You are missed.... Love and Peace.
Sherrie Smith Carver
Zach, May the love of caring friends soften your grief and for you to know we are here for you. Love, Bill and Frances
Bill and Frances Cook
So sad and sorry to hear about the loss of Mary! Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time! All our love and prayers!
JC and Cheryl Cathey
Our prayers and thoughts are with the family .Very sweet lady who will be missed dearly.My mother and her were friends and talked daily.Will be remembering all in prayers.
Susan Grogan Holt
Dearest Zach, Please accept our sincere condolences on Mary's passing. She will truly be missed
David & Michelle Shipman