The Life of  Juanita L. Malonson Holliman, Ph.D.

Dr. Juanita L. Malonson Holliman was born on December 7, 1939 in Spring, Texas.  She was the first of nine children born to John Curley Malonson, Sr. and Viola Syon Malonson.  At the time of her birth, the Malonson family lived in a two-story home, on a Dairy Farm in the then, Bammel Community near 1960/Kuykendall.  As an infant, Juanita was baptized at St Anne De Beaupre Catholic Church in Houston and remained faithful to her religion into her adult life.  Juanita attended, Spring Jr. High, a six-room schoolhouse (1st-10th grade), Carver High School, where she was a cheerleader, and finished from Booker T. Washington Night School.

A few years after giving birth to her daughter, Gilda Malonson Holliman Bolton, and at the encouragement of one of her closest cousins, Juanita went on to attend Prairie View (PVAMU) College, School of Nursing.  Traveling back and forth to Houston, she fulfilled her Clinical Rotations at Jefferson Davis Hospital.  The same day she graduated PV, in 1965, Juanita married her college-sweetheart, Halcolm Holliman in the old St Martin De Porres Catholic Church in Prairie View.  Halcolm’s promotions through the Federal Government took them, and their children, across the entire United States.  During this time, Juanita gave birth to their son, Mark Douglas Holliman in 1967.  She also furthered her education with a Masters’ Degree from the University of California, San Francisco and a PhD in Education and Behavioral Sciences from Colorado State University, Denver, all while working full-time and raising her children.  This included raising her niece, Regina Milburn Allen, for almost two years.  “Gina”, as she called her, became like a second daughter and remained extremely close to her “Aunt Juanita”.

Juanita’s joy of Nursing, teaching and learning was shared through her extensive employment history:  Methodist Hospital School of Nursing, Philadelphia; Community College of Denver; University of Colorado, Denver; Near North Health Corporation, Chicago; Governor’s State University, University Park; DePaul University, Chicago; Malcolm X College, Chicago; Chicago State University, Chicago.  Over these many years, Juanita became a published author of Nursing Education textbooks and Curriculum Design, as well as an accomplished speaker (15 years) for the Critical Thinking Institute of Berkeley, California.  In addition to pursuing her education and careers, Juanita made time to enjoy her favorite hobbies:  reading and painting.  She gifted many of her artistic creations to her family.

After her retirement in 2015, Juanita continued her life-long pursuit of learning which culminated in the publication of her book:  Spiraling Into Hearing Loss and Deafness:  A Memoir of a Professors Decent Into Hearing Loss.  This book (her joy) was published one week before her passing on June 28, 2021.

Through the loss of “the love of her life” in December 2020, Juanita was encouraged by family members to turn to an even closer walk with our Lord.  She became increasingly aware of The Cross and its significance to her life.  She was surrounded by the “peace that passes understanding” and would speak of The Lord comforting her.  Her favorite Bible Expositor was her nephew, Pastor David Allen, Jr.

Juanita was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 55 years:  Halcolm Lawrence Holliman; her brother-in-law, James Parker; her mother, Viola Syon Malonson Dizadare ; her father, John Curley Malonson, Sr. and her brother, Sidney Malonson, Sr.

She leaves to cherish her memories:  her daughter Gilda Malonson Holliman Bolton (Charles), her son Mark Douglas Holliman, her one and only granddaughter, Ariana Marie Bolton, eight siblings:  Robert Malonson (Wilma), Betty Malonson, Carolyn Parker, Madell Malonson, Minor Paul Malonson (Maggie), Roy Douglas Malonson (Shirley Ann), John Curley Malonson, Jr. and Debbra Dizadare Hunter (Greg), a dear Sister-in-law, Dr. Jimmi Holliman Logan (Thomas), several godchildren, a host of nieces, nephews and other cherished relatives and friends across the country.

October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit

As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.

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