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Funeral services for Mary Elna Holder Lancaster, 92, of Malakoff were at 10:30 a.m., July 3,  at Malakoff Church of Christ with Mr. Lavelle Layfield officiating.  Burial followed at Restland Cemetery in Dallas under the direction of Hannigan Smith Funeral Home of Athens.
Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m., July 2, at the funeral home.
Mary Elna Holder Lancaster was born Nov. 29, 1919, in Winchester, Tenn., to the late Davis C. and Nancy J. Carlton Holder.  
She passed away June 30, 2012, in Athens.               
Mrs. Lancaster previously resided in Rockwall before moving to Malakoff in 1998. She worked with her husband in the medical field, but most importantly loved being at home working in her flower beds and spending time with her family. She was a member of the Malakoff Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roland Duane Lancaster Sr., in 1997; a son, Roland Duane Lancaster Jr.; a brother, Morgan Holder; and sister Maggie Holder Isbell.
Survivors include daughters Janice Lancaster LaRue and husband Todd of Malakoff and Duana Lancaster Marsh of Rockwall; a daughter-in-law, Celia Edwards; brothers Pete Holder, Jack Holder, Max Holder, Parker Holder and Kenneth Holder; a sister, Ruth Holder; grandchildren, Tracey Childers, Jeremy Cockrum, Justin Cockrum, Meredith Cockrum, Mallory LaRue, Molly LaRue, Addison Marsh, Madalyn Marsh; and great-grandchildren, Tess Childers, Emma Childers and Mason Cockrum.
Pallbearers included Jeremy Cockrum, Justin Cockrum, Bill Faulk, Mike Massey, Jeff LaRue, and Alan LaRue. Honorary pallbearers included Dr. Carl McKenney, Dennis Smith and Jeanne Atkinson.
The family would like to express their heartfelt thankfulness to West Place Nursing Home and Genesis Hospice for the loving care they provided Mrs. Lancaster in her time of need.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
Light a candle for her or online condolences may be made at www.hannigansmith.com and www.rockwall heraldbanner.com.
Published on  July 19, 2012
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