Marion Elizabeth Holdsworth Harrigan, 92, surgical nurse and excellent artist

Marion Elizabeth Holdsworth Harrigan
Marion Elizabeth Holdsworth Harrigan

Marion Elizabeth Holdsworth Harrigan, was born in Bristol, Conn., Feb. 15, 1924. She died peacefully at her home Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. Married for 52 years, Marion was the widow of retired U.S. Army Col. William F. Harrigan.

She was also preceded in death by her sister, Virginia Powers; and grandson, Paul DeLapp.

She is survived by two brothers, William Holdsworth (and Hope) of West Covina, Calif., and John Holdsworth (and Justine) of Belchertown, Mass.; and a sister, Margaret Holdsworth of Littleton, Mass. Marion was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She leaves three daughters and two sons, Kitty (and Roger) DeLapp of Roanoke, Va.; Liz (and David ) Keese of Fitchburg, Mass., Marti (and J.J. Shaw) of Herndon, Va.; Bill (and Kathleen) Harrigan of Key Largo, Fla., and Dave (and Marie) Harrigan of Riverside, Calif.; and 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Graduating in 1946 from St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing in Hartford, Conn., Marion worked as a nurse at many hospitals during her husband’s Army career; principally for 10 years as a surgical nurse in Massachusetts. Marion was an excellent artist, graduating with honors from Virginia Wesleyan College and studying at Woodstock Art School in New York.

In 2012, she held a Retrospective Art Show. Marion was an avid tennis player, who enjoyed playing tennis while making lifelong friends. Marion was a devout Catholic who found much comfort in her faith and in her commitment to prayer, especially the rosary. She taught Catechism, met with her prayer group, and served as an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion.

The family is grateful to Nina Amanico, Dr. Barbara Parks, and Hospice of Tidewater, for their exquisite care of our mother. Thank you to so many others we wish we could name.

A rosary service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Great Neck Chapel, 1264 Great Neck Road N., Virginia Beach, where the family will remain to greet friends until 8 p.m. A Mass of resurrection and celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 5345 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, with Father John Peck, OSB, officiating. A reception will follow in the church’s Tobias Room. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery.

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