Who Was Dollicia?
Dollicia Frances Holloway was born on July 11, 1944 in Mineola, New York. She was the eldest of 4 daughters t0 the late John and Edith Holloway. In her early childhood, She was educated inthe Hempstead Public School District, where she excelled in all her subjects, especially in Math and Social Studies. In her 9th Grade year, she was forced to stay out of school the entire year because of her contracting rheumatic fever. Fearing she'd get left back, she went back the following year and did so well, she got skipped into the 11th grade.
She graduated from Hempstead High School in 1961 at the age of 16. After graduation, She was hired by the General Motors Acceptance Corporate as a Legal Secretary, the first African American female employed by the firm. As well as being gainfully employed, Dollicia possessed an entrepreneurial spirit. Standing 5'7" flat foot, she was a centerfold model for several popular magazines. She was fortunate to model in centerfolds that were very popular in the 1960's, such as Jet, Jive, Bronze Thrill to name a few.
She was once sponsored to model for a photo layout by the late jazz great, William "Count" Basie at his home in Queens, NY. After a successful career a model and a Legal Secretary, she settled down, met and married to a US Marine Corp Private First Class named Gary Woolnough. They were married in 1964. Out of their union, in April 1965, they gave birth to a son, Gary, Jr. They resided in Roosevelt, New York.
In March of 1970, she was pregnant with her second child(another son) and she shared with her cousin, Marthetta, that she was planning to leave her husband. My grandmother and her relationship was strained because of the abuse she endured. Marthetta was strategic enough to get them to start speaking again after she finally confessed she was going to leave him.
On December 31, 1970, Dollicia was planning to go out to a New Years Eve party with her husband. She told her mother and her cousin she was going to ask her husband for a divorce and was going to come back home to her mother. On January 1, 1971, at around 1:15 A.M., she and her husband were returning from a New Years party away in Massapequa, NY on the Southern State Parkway. The roads were icy and they were driving in a Volkswagen Beetle. Back then, they didn't enforce safety belts. Dollicia was in her 9 month of pregnancy and her husband was DUI. They slammed into a guard rail, tossing the car out of control.
Dollicia was thrown from the car, threw the windshield onto the Highway. Her husband sustained a few cracked ribs and a broken leg. My Aunt was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. She was 26 years old. The ambulance rushed her to a hospital(Nassau County Medical Center) 15 minutes away when the accident occurred 2 minutes from a near by hospital (Mercy Hospital).The medical professionals did all they could to save her unborn son's life. Her son died a few hours after she did. They placed the baby back into her stomach. My grandparents were faced to have to hear dreadful news like that on New Years Day..expected another grandchild, her relationship reconciled with her mother and an accident wipes those dreams away.
It was said Dollicia had very good life insurance coverage because of the attorneys she worked for. She had what was called an double indemnity policy, which paid double the face value. Apparently her husband was the beneficiary and my grandparents were the contingents. While her body laid in a morgue, it was said he wouldn't release the policy to the undertaker so her body could be released. Apparently, he received the settlement and was in the process of buying a bar in East Hampton, NY. Dollicia's parent eventually sued him and received a portion of the settlement to bury their daughter.
On January 6, 1971, Dollicia and her unborn son were interred at Pinelawn Cemetery in Farmingdale, New York. The undertaker stated she had bruises on the back of her arm, on her thigh and on the left side of her face, but was covered up with makeup. It appeared Dollicia was a victim of Domestic Violence before and after her death.
Gone but Never Forgotten!
Sunrise July 11, 1944 ~ Sunset January 6, 1971