Holdom, Elizabeth Mary (nee Higgs) (1864-1911)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1911

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by John S. Buckley

Mrs. Eliz. Holdom, of Drayton Parslow, was but 47 years of age when she passed away. She was the devoted wife of Mr. Arthur Holdom, the organist of our Church here. She never knew what it was not to love the Saviour, and her religion was deep and real. It had need to be, for the trials she was called to undergo, but she was never known to complain. As she lay dying in her room, her youngest boy was suffering from an incurable and wasting disease in the next room. 

This dear sister had no thought of self, she simply lived for the welfare of others, and though suffering as few are called to suffer, she kept cheerful and even joyous. She was specially and tenderly nursed by her only daughter who, with the sorrowing husband is left to care for the three motherless boys. May the God of all comfort sustain the emotions of those dear ones.


Elizabeth was born abt1864 at Drayton Parslow, Buckinghamshire, to parents Thomas, who worked the land, and Elizabeth.

Before her marriage Elizabeth worked as a straw plaiter (1881).

She married Arthur Holdom (1864-1941), a bookmaker (1891) and music teacher (1911), in early 1887 at Drayton Parslow, Buckinghamshire. Census returns identify six children.

  • Ethel Mary (1888-1937) – a housekeeper (1911); married Joseph E Webb in 1912
  • Ernest Joseph (1896-1901)
  • Thomas Samuel (1899-1933)
  • Arthur Edward (1901-1906)
  • Charles Stanley (1903-1966) – a wireless mechanic (1939)
  • Frederick William (1905-1911)

Elizabeth died in early 1911 at Drayton Parslow, Buckinghamshire


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