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Priscilla J (Christy) Hollingshead
April 1, 1931 ~ February 3, 2024 (age 92) 92 Years Old
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Priscilla Joan (Christy) Hollingshead peacefully passed away on February 3, 2024 at the Heritage Care Center in Red Cloud at the age of 92. The daughter of Frank and Irene (Sutton) Christy, she was born on April 1,1931 at her Grandparent Sutton’s farm, Walnut Creek, Inavale, Nebraska.
Her father worked as a plasterer on big construction projects, so the family lived in several different towns. As a young girl, she went to elementary school in Hastings, Kansas City, and Beatrice. Later Priscilla attended school in Riverton and Inavale during WWII. Her older brother, Bobby, and cousins had enlisted in the Navy for the war’s duration. She graduated as Valedictorian from Riverton High School, and received a scholarship to attend Kearney State College. Priscilla attended college in Kearney, and earned money by working summers, at the Burden Surplus Center in Lincoln, owned by her Aunt Ruth and Uncle Bernard.
She left college after two years, to marry her Riverton school sweetheart, Harold Hollingshead. At the time, he was stationed at the Air Force Base in Bangor, Maine, and Priscilla rode the train to meet him. The couple was married on June 30th, 1951 in the base chapel. After Harold was discharged from the service, they decided to relocate to California, where he could pursue a musical career as a bass-player. Eventually settled in Glendale and Priscilla found work at Lockheed, while Harold made great connections with the music community in Los Angeles. They started a family with the birth of their daughter Christy Ann in 1955, and another daughter Pamela Sue was born in 1958.
When Pam was still little, Harold went on the road with the Stan Worth Trio. The family came along, fitting a large bass, a folding baby crib and two children into a Chevy. Priscilla was a great packer. The Trio played in Lake Tahoe, Reno and other venues all the way up into Canada. Harold also played in Las Vegas where the family lived for awhile. Eventually, the couple bought a house in El Monte, CA. so the girls could start school. Priscilla worked downtown Los Angeles for many years at the State of California.
She later transferred to the State of California Air Resources Board in El Monte, which was closer to home. Priscilla worked for the State until Harold passed away in 1992. Priscilla moved back to Nebraska later in 1993.
She kept busy volunteering, then working for the Willa Cather Foundation and Center. Priscilla gave tours to school groups and visitors, plus helped in the office. Priscilla also enjoyed her mom’s quilting group, they had a long waiting list to hand finish quilt tops from all over the country.
Priscilla was a talented seamstress, creating fashions with a great sense of color and style for herself and her daughters. She even sewed beautiful doll-clothes and coats for her daughters dolls, using up the leftover fabrics from her clothes. She embroidered, also crocheted, knitted, making baby sweaters and sweaters for friends. She had beautiful handwriting, and skilled at calligraphy. She used a collection of colorful pens, was known as the “lady who writes beautiful checks” at her California bank. She knew everybody’s birthday, and was fond of writing letters to people.
Proud of her heritage, she had a wealth of information about her family’s history and connections to the community, also loved listening to other people’s stories. She always planned family road trips, travel experiences combined with family get-togethers. Learning was important, making her enthusiastic, determined, independent and thoughtful.
She is survived by daughters, Pamela Hollingshead and Christy Crafton, her son-in-law Joel Crafton and granddaughter Laurel, including many nieces, nephews, and relatives.
Funeral services are Tuesday, 11:00 am, February 13, 2024, at the Williams Funeral Home in Red Cloud with the Rev. Dan Benedict officiating.
Lunch for family and friends will follow the services and interment in the Riverton Cemetery will be at 1:30 pm, Tuesday.
Visitation will be held Monday, 8:00 am - 7:00 pm and Tuesday, 8:00 am to service time at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to the Willa Cather Foundation in Red Cloud.
Williams Funeral Home
241 West 4th Avenue
Red Cloud, Nebraska 68970