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Barbara Elaine Holifield
July 20, 1951 ~ September 30, 2023 (age 72) 72 Years Old
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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Barbara Elaine Holifield, lovingly known as Elaine, who peacefully departed this world on the morning of September 30, 2023, at her home in rural Gallatin, MO. She was 72 years old.
Elaine's life journey began on July 20, 1951, in Mendenhall, MS, where she was welcomed into the world by her parents, Jack and Irma (Lawson) Taylor. A 1969 graduate of West Jones High School in Laurel, Mississippi, Elaine found her lifelong love in Dale A. Holifield, whom she married on September 5th, 1969. Their love story spanned an incredible 54 years and became an inspiration to all who knew them. Her passion for education led her to achieve a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1988, after which she obtained a master's degree in education. For 22 years, she served as a devoted teacher in the Jones County Mississippi school system, touching the lives of countless students. Elaine's faith in God was unwavering, and she was a proud member of the Baptist community. In her retirement years, she cherished the simple pleasures - observing the beauty of wildlife, reading countless books, and spending time with her family.
Elaine's legacy lives on through the love she shared with her family. She was preceded in death by her father, Jack Taylor. She is survived by her devoted husband, Dale Holifield of Gallatin, MO, who stood by her side for over five decades. Her memory will forever be treasured by her mother, Irma (Lawson) Taylor of Soso, MS, her beloved children, Chris Holifield (Brandi) of Cameron, MO, and Tonya Farris (Thomas) of McHenry, MS, and her grandchildren, Dillon Doug’et of McHenry, MS, Hunter Holifield of Cameron, MO, Luke Doug’et of McHenry, MS, and Jackson Holifield of Cameron, MO. She is also survived by her caring siblings, Linda Hosey (Ricky) of Soso, MS, and Jackie Taylor (Teresa) of Soso, MS, brother-in-law Don Holifield of Laurel, MS, along with her fur babies, Cookie and MJ, who brought immeasurable joy into her life. Numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family members also mourn her passing.
Graveside services will be held at 9:00 AM, Saturday, October 7, 2023, on the family farm (150 Heyser Lane Gallatin, MO 64640). The family will gather with friends 7 to 8 PM, Friday at the funeral home. Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of Stith Funeral Home in Gallatin (660) 663-2117. Online guestbook at www.stithfamilyfunerals.com