Marjorie Russell Holliday, whose family has hosted the Galivants Ferry Stump for nearly 140 years, died of pneumonia Saturday at home. She was 93.
Holliday was not a person to seek the limelight, her daughter Russell Holiday said, but served a strong pillar for her politically active family.
“She always stood behind my dad [Joseph Monroe Holliday] and let everybody else shine,” Russell Holliday said of her mother. “You need to have somebody strong behind you.”
The Holliday family has hosted the Galivants Ferry Stump for Democratic candidates at Pee Dee farms every two years since the 1876 governors race. Marjorie Holliday supported her family’s tradition in the background, Russell Holliday said.
“She would talk about politics but she never went out on the stump,” Russell Holliday said.
Four generations were represented at this year’s stump in May, with both Marjorie Holliday in attendance and her 1-month-old great-grandchild there as well.
“With Margey’s death it’s the end of that generation of the Holliday family,” said Sally Howard, who helps organize the stump.
Marjorie Holliday loved to dance and always had a smile on her face, she said.
“She was the epitome of a southern lady in that southern women are known to be so strong, but gentle,” Russell Holliday said. “She raised us to be that way.”
Marjorie Holliday was born in Florence on July 19, 1920. She attended Queens College and received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of South Carolina before marrying John Monroe Holliday in 1943, when she moved to Galivants Ferry.
“She loved the Gamecocks,” Russell Holliday said. “And her sense of humor was always so good.”
There will be a funeral services 11 a.m. Tuesday at her home in The Pines in Galivants Ferry followed by a visitation and Celebration of Margy at the house. A burial will take place 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Marion.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the George Judson Holliday Scholarship at Woffard College, 429 N. Church St., Spartanburg, S.C., 29303 or the John Monroe Holliday Scholarship at The Citadel, 171 Moultrie St., Charleston, S.C., 29409.
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