Mary Kay Holladay, 79, of Virginia Beach, passed away on June 9, 2020. She was born on November 28, 1940, in Muncie, Indiana and, through her life, resided in Muncie, Dayton, Ohio, and Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Mary Kay graduated from Ball State University in Indiana with a degree in Medical Technology, and performed laboratory work at Ball Memorial Hospital for many years, and served as the Lab Director at the Community Blood Center in Dayton later in her professional career.
A lifelong hobbyist in arts and crafts, she took her passion for painting to new heights after retirement from lab work, painting over 200 original pieces and traveling as a vendor to several arts festivals each year throughout the Hampton Roads region. Mary Kay also created the cover art for the 2010 Artistry in the Kitchen cookbook, published by the Chesapeake Bay Art Association, and several commission pieces for clients across the country.
Mary Kay is survived by her children, Chris (and wife Marci) Holladay, Debbie (and husband Bill) Ritchey, and Greg Holladay, all of Virginia Beach, and Kevin (and fiancée Jesska Pinyon) Holladay of Anderson, Indiana. Also surviving are grandchildren, Alison, Matt, Isabel, and Anastasia Holladay, and Helen Ritchey, siblings Michael and Sally Huffman, as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dean and Mary Huffman, and her grandson, Newport News firefighter, John Michael Ritchey.
Mary Kay passed peacefully in her home, spending her final days surrounded by family and friends. As in life, her legacy of love, family, and lifelong learning will continue to be a source of inspiration to all who knew her.