Thelma Louise NeView was born to Joseph NeView and Grace Emmatine Todd July 4,1909. Both parents died early in her life. She then moved to Lawrence, Kan. to live with her maternal grandmother. Thelma received her Bachelor Degree in Education from the University of Kansas in 1929. She also did some post graduate work at Columbia University in New York City. Thelma, then moved to Leavenworth where she Began her teaching career.
Thelma met Sgt. Harry H. Hollowell in 1936. After a five year courtship they married June 14,1941. To this union two daughters were born, Louise E. and Janice M. During their 65 year marriage Harry was posted to Bases in the United States, Germany, Japan, and Liberia.
Thelma was interested in children and taught Sunday School at Bethel A.M.E. church in Leavenworth Kansas. She was instrumental in establishing a local center for children known as the Neighborhood House. Children in the neighborhood came to this house of safety where they received help with their studies, and snacks were provided for them. They were introduced to social graces and learned about the history of their race.
Thelma was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, a lifetime member of Bethel A.M.E. church, a member of the Missionary, and a Cleo B. Love recipient, and a member of the American Contract Bridge Association and was a life long avid Bridge player. She and Harry established the E.M. Lawson Scholarship fund to aid the youth of Bethel A.M.E. church.
In 1999, Thelma won as the Kansas entry for the Kodak picture of the century contest. Country wide 100 contestants wrote essays explaining why their photos should be included in the picture were selected. Thelma won a trip for herself and Harry to Philadelphia for the July 4th tours and activities in the making of that picture.
Mrs. Hollowell was proceeded in death by her husband. Harry H. Hollowell Mrs. Hollowell leaves to mourn her daughters Louise Jones (Michael), Janice Hollowell, grandsons Michael H. Jones Jr. (Robin), Jonathan H. Jones, and great grandson Chandler Jones, a host of nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews, and many friends across the country and around the world.
Family will receive friends Friday October 5, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Bethel AME Church ,411 Kiowa, Leavenworth, Kan. with a funeral service at 11 a.m. Following the service interment will be at the Leavenworth National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the E.M. Lawson scholarship fund.
Arrangements entrusted to Davis Funeral Chapel.