Mary E Hollingsworth

Born: Mon., Dec. 22, 1952
Died: Wed., Oct. 14, 2020


3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Mon., Oct. 19, 2020
Location: Towne Square Business & Community Centre

Funeral Service

6:00 PM Mon., Oct. 19, 2020
Location: Towne Square Business & Community Centre

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Mary E. Hollingsworth, “Hollywood”, age 67, passed away Wednesday, October 14, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer this past year.  She was born and raised in Winchester, Indiana and graduated from Winchester High School, Class of 1971.   She was a proud graduate of Indiana University with certifications in Public Health and Public Management in addition to her bachelor’s degree.  She also received a degree of Veterinary Technology from Purdue University working with Dr. Howell and Dr. Welbourne for many years.  

Mary is preceded in death by her mother, Miriam “Jean” Hollingsworth, and father, Elvin “Al” Hollingsworth.  She is survived by her wife, Penny York of Muncie, daughter, Laura Brant and 2 granddaughters, Aurora and Alexis, grandson, Auston of Muncie, two brothers, Mark (Debbie) Hollingsworth of Winchester, Garry Hollingsworth of Wolcott, and sister, Gayle (Steven) Fahl of Lynn, several nieces and nephews, and many dear and close friends from Supper Club.

After working 40 years for the State of Indiana, Mary retired from the Department of Environmental Management, as Branch Chief of Drinking Water, in 2018.  In recent years, she also worked with Indiana Rural Water Association and Rural Community Assistance Program.  Mary had a great passion for her work striving to make a difference in the field of public health safety and the environment.  

Anyone who knew “Hollywood,” knew her love for the IU Hoosiers, Colts, and Indiana Fever.   She was a runner, proudly running in 17 Indy 500 Mini Marathons.   She played on several local softball teams over the years, including Leo’s Court.  Whether at work or play, Mary’s dedication to friends and family, and her enthusiastic and humorous personality will be sorely missed by all. 

The family would like to give a heartfelt thanks to IU Hospital Hospice Team, especially Nurses Karissa and Jamie.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mary’s memory to the Shirley Franck Perseverance Scholarship Fund in care of the Portland Foundation, 107 S. Meridian St., Portland, IN 47371 or the Wounded Warriors Project.

Services will be handled by Walker Funeral Home with Viewing and Celebration of Life to be held at Towne Square Community Center in Winchester on Monday, October 19th from 3 to 6 with Celebration of Life service at 6 pm conducted by Pastor Melissa Kleinschmidt.  Burial will be at Fountain Park Cemetery at a later date.

The family asks that COVID protocols and guidelines be followed asking that masks be worn while inside along with the use of hand sanitizers and social distancing please.

Walker Funeral Home in Winchester is entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be shared with the family at


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Jay Jones
   Posted Fri October 16, 2020
So sorry to hear of Mary's passing. Many good times trailriding in Brown County. RIP and Happy Trails.

Marilyn stikeleathet
   Posted Fri October 16, 2020
Are thought and prayers are with you in this time of need

Bob zaltsberg
   Posted Fri October 16, 2020
I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of our classmate, Mary. She was smart, funny and very kind. R.I.P.

Anne Burget
   Posted Fri October 16, 2020
I worked with Mary at IDEM, and she was such a delight. Always had a smile on her face and lit up the room. Hilarious and witty; she will be missed. Prayers are with you.

Barb Edinger
   Posted Fri October 16, 2020
My condolences to the family of Mary

Kim Roberts
   Posted Fri October 16, 2020
My sincere condolences to Mary's wife, children, grandchildren, and to the rest of Mary's family. Although I didn't work directly with Mary, anytime I would see Mary she would always stop and talk to me just to see how my day was going. Mary rest in peace and may you be dancing in the clouds.

Amy Smith
   Posted Fri October 16, 2020
Mary was such a good and special person, but then we all know that. I am so very sorry for your loss. Love and prayers to family and loved ones.

Claire Scheele & Melanie Collins
   Posted Fri October 16, 2020
We will miss Hollywood's humor, laugh and cheers at Fever games! Deepest sympathy to Penny and all her family.

Sharon vanLandingham
   Posted Fri October 16, 2020
I am Sharon my vanlandingham I was her cousin. I'm terribly sorry to hear that Mary has passed away. She was a sweet kind loving woman. Everybody love Mary. She'll be missed very much. Mary had a way of making everybody laugh and she had a way of making you love her even by meeting her for the first time. I'm terribly sorry to hear this sad news of her passing.

Rhonda Sharkey
   Posted Fri October 16, 2020
Mary, Hollywood as we always referred to her, was a delight to be around. Her sense of humor, some of my first memories of Supper Club. She will be missed by many. My heart goes out to Penny and family.

Laurie Tanner Barger, Rev. Dennis Barger
   Posted Fri October 16, 2020
Dearest Beloved Penny, Family and Friends,
We are joining with you in mourning for dear cousin Mary, in sorrow for her struggle and now your great loss, trusting her loving Spirit found release. We remember her TLC of collies, ballgames, important work, and her dear Mom. Mary remains a bright Light, with our love and condolences.

David Holder
   Posted Sat October 17, 2020
Sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. Mary was an outspoken and forthright manager. I always appreciated her honest comments during our managers meetings. She never failed to bring a smile or laugh into any situation. She made a difference in the world. Bless her spirit in the hearts and minds of her loved ones and friends.

Anita Ashley
   Posted Sun October 18, 2020
I'm so very sorry to hear Mary's passing she's always a great friend in school. We haven't spoke much in the last years. I wish we had kept better contact. To Penny, Gail and her brother again so very sorry.

Joy Brown Salmon
   Posted Sun October 18, 2020
I was so sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. I will forever remember all the great times we had in high school. The”doggie wagon adventures”, playing cards at her house (Jean’s laugh and trying to teach us Bridge.). Euchre was our game! Mary was always kind to everyone. My heart is heavy in her loss. Mary RIP. Carla is there and will help welcome you!❤️

Bonnie Keys Eppert
   Posted Mon October 19, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss of Mary. She was a good friend to me kindergarten through graduation. She was always fun to be around and had a competitive nature. But, Mary was also very sweet and kind. She will be missed by many.

David Majewski
   Posted Mon October 19, 2020
Rest in Peace Mary. A truly wonderful person!

Valentina Hathaway
   Posted Mon October 19, 2020
I'm so sorry for your loss. I'll be praying for the family. I had the pleasure of working with Mary for 8 years with IDEM. She was a riot. She was so much fun to work and be around. We had so much fun working together. I was under her for about 2 years until she transferred to Drinking Water, but we still stayed close. My nickname for her was Mary Mary, and she loved it. We joked around a lot. She was full of life, I loved that woman for her spirit, and she was always the same. My girl. Rest In Heaven my friend.

Condolences from the heart...….. Much love

Kathy Burrows
   Posted Mon October 19, 2020
I am very sad to hear about Mary. I have worked with her over the past years at IDEM. She was always such a joy to work with bringing her beautiful smile, encouragement and laughter to any situation. My heart goes out to her family she will be missed greatly.

Connie Stevens
   Posted Mon October 19, 2020
Our hearts and prayers are with you. Rest in Peace, Mary.

Jason Randolph
   Posted Mon October 19, 2020
My condolences to Mary's family. She was my Branch Chief at IDEM for a couple of years. She had a quick wit, was passionate, always smiled, and truly cared about other people. She was a great comfort and a rock for me as I was dealing with my mothers cancer. Rest in peace Mary and GO IU!

Vicki Perry
   Posted Mon October 19, 2020
It was an honor and a pleasure to have Mary on our team at RCAP. She was a talented trainer and worked very hard on behalf of Indiana's rural drinking water systems. We will all miss her. Our condolences to her family and friends.

Catherine Whittier
   Posted Mon October 19, 2020
Mary served as advocate and champion to our small community during her time at Rural Community Assistance Partnership. She was highly respected among all of the professionals we worked with. It was because of her credibility, integrity and hard work that we see solutions to our problems on the horizon. When I first met Mary, I knew she would be my friend- though I could offer nothing in return. She was a smart, funny, compassionate, straight-shooting leader who was always there to help. I have missed her so much and really can't imagine how grieved those who have loved her for years must feel. My deepest sympathy is with the family. She has made a difference in this world and I will never forget her.

Julie Vanaman
   Posted Mon October 19, 2020
I worked with Mary for many years at IDEM. She was a awesome, wanderful boss. She was always happy and always had a happy smile that would cheer you or anyone up. She was also a friend that would be there to help out or listen to you when needing someone to talk to. She will be missed dearly. My life was very blessed having known her and having worked with her and her friendship. Prayers for her family during this time and the days to come. RIP Mary

Linda (Brown) Cavanaugh
   Posted Mon October 19, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with Mary's family. We started out together in kindergarten and she was always smiling and brightened up any room.

Becky Reynolds
   Posted Tue October 20, 2020
Prayers to Mary's family. I worked with Mary at IDEM. She was always quick to say hello. Mary supported me through my bout with cancer. She was a friend to all. Bless her heart and soul. Rest in peace, Mary.

Angela Bottom
   Posted Tue October 20, 2020
Mary was a great person to have in your corner! She was always thinking of other people. She was hilarious, scary smart and always had that smile! She was very good to me at IDEM and I will miss her terribly! Heaven is in for a real treat!!!
May she rest in peace

James Bachman
   Posted Wed January 13, 2021
I just read that Mary Hollingsworth pasted away in October 2020. Sorry to hear that . She was a good lady.