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Arla Stenseth Holroyd

Arla Stenseth Holroyd
  • February 7, 1931 - January 23, 2018
  • Daniel Island, South Carolina

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“Miss Arla is fondly remembered by me. She was a dear friend and neighbor of mine on Eden Terrace in Rock Hill. When I was young she would often...Read More »
1 of 27 | Posted by: Ronnie Connelly - Mount Pleasant, SC

“Mrs Holroyd was such a great influence in my life as a biology student of her class At Sullivan Jr High in year 1960. She would invite Bob Ward and...Read More »
2 of 27 | Posted by: Archie Auten - Rock Hill, SC

“I'm so sad to hear about Arla. I also grew up in Rock Hill. I saw Arla several years ago when I was on a book tour, and she attended one of my...Read More »
3 of 27 | Posted by: Judy Goldman - Charlotte, NC

“We are so sorry to learn of the death of Arla! Our sincere sympathy to Arla's family! Arla will be missed! ”
4 of 27 | Posted by: Clint & Crick Carpenter - SC

“Mrs. Holroyd was my science teacher in 1958 at Richmond Drive Elem. in the 8th grade. She was one of the few teachers to leave a lasting memory in me...Read More »
5 of 27 | Posted by: Eileen Hicks/ Rogers - Orlando, FL

“I was in Mrs. Holroyd's Jr. High Science class at Rawlinson Rd. The first day I met her I was put to ease by the love she already had for my family....Read More »
6 of 27 | Posted by: Dean Holler - Rock Hill, SC

This was us in 2009 or so. She had to have a picture in my car! “I was asked to add more pictures to my memory. Here is one! ”
7 of 27 | Posted by: Scott Sain - JOHNS ISLAND, SC

“I would like to add a footnote to my earlier message. As I recall Mrs Holroyd was fresh out of college when she became a teacher at Liberty Homes...Read More »
8 of 27 | Posted by: Chrystine Smith Midyette - SC

9 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“A few days after the passing of my husband, Mrs Holroyd called me and told me she had taught my husband in school in Rock Hill, SC. She said she...Read More »
10 of 27 | Posted by: Peggy Westbrook - Summerville, SC

“Arla was the reason I joined the French Huguenot Church. She and I became friends, and I would visit her at her home in Old Village where she had...Read More »
11 of 27 | Posted by: Michelle P - MOUNT PLEASANT, SC

“Arla and I took a class together at Winthrop many years ago. It was fun being with her, for she took a light-hearted approach to what we were doing....Read More »
12 of 27 | Posted by: Doris T Browder - Rock Hill, SC

“As most have posted.- I have often thought of her also my tall teacher..Richmond was a great school and she was a devoted,careing,loveing person ...Read More »
13 of 27 | Posted by: Claudia Neal - Edgemoor, SC

“I met Arla in a history class at the College Of Charleston around 1990. She was auditing the class and I was a junior. We became fast friends and...Read More »
14 of 27 | Posted by: Scott Sain - Johns Island, SC

“May the God of all comfort strength the family during this time of deep sorrow. Those who pass on God keeps them in his memory because they are...Read More »
15 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“Mrs. Holroyd was my science teacher in 7th and 8th grades at Richmond Drive School, and she was also our cheerleader coach. I always admired her...Read More »
16 of 27 | Posted by: Alene Laughridge Wilson - SC

“I had the pleasure of teaching beside Arla at Rawlinson Road Jr High School. We shared many laughs and stories over the years. I was the only art...Read More »
17 of 27 | Posted by: Ruthann Mauney( Jackson) - NC

“To the family and friends of Mrs. Holroyd,It was such a privilege to be her student. She taught my biology lab at Winthrop: I still remember the the...Read More »
18 of 27 | Posted by: Joyce Wood - SC - Student

“My poem for ArlaTall, willowy, goddess treewhite herons gathered in her boughsthey lifted in unisonto take you homein love and peaceyou are never...Read More »
19 of 27 | Posted by: Leo E. Osborne - Guemes Island, WA

“I had Mrs. Holroyd at Rawlinson Road for 7th grade science (83-84). The very first day of class, as I was leaving after the bell, she called me over...Read More »
20 of 27 | Posted by: Chip Bradley - Charlotte, NC

“Mrs. Holroyd was my teacher at Liberty Homes Grammar School in North Charleston in 1951. The school was located inside Liberty Homes where I grew up....Read More »
21 of 27 | Posted by: Chrystine Smith Midyette - SC

“My Best Friend Arla was always there for you. She wanted you to succeed, wanted to bring out the best in you. She was an encourager, confident,...Read More »
22 of 27 | Posted by: Pam Weidlich - Porrtland, OR

“A graduate of Winthrop Training School and Winthrop College, Mrs. Holroyd began her teaching career in Charleston while her husband served in the...Read More »
23 of 27 | Posted by: Bryan K Stewart - Charleston, SC

“I always remember Mrs. Holroyd fondly. I have for years appreciated her accepting an invitation to meet some of her students (afterschool) out at...Read More »
24 of 27 | Posted by: Chip Hood - Student

“She was my 8th grade teacher in 1984 and I think of her often to this day. Rest in Peace sweet Lady ”
25 of 27 | Posted by: Will Rogers - Southport, NC

“My name is Arla Elise Stenseth Dawley I was born on July 6th. My Father named me after his cousin Arla Holroyd and her mother Elise Stenseth. Elise...Read More »
26 of 27 | Posted by: Arla Stenseth Dawley - Ridgeway, IA

“Such a fine Lady. A true Charleston woman who loved this area. I'll never forget her picking up trash out side of church. Never met a stranger. ”
27 of 27 | Posted by: Bryan K Stewart - Charleston, SC

Arla Stenseth Holroyd (Mrs. William E), 86, of Mt. Pleasant, SC, died on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. Born February 7, 1931, in Detroit, MI, she was reared in Rock Hill, SC. The daughter of Elise Hjorth Stenseth and Edwin John Stenseth, she was predeceased by her husband. She is survived by her son, John Grier Holroyd of Flat Rock, NC; her granddaughter, Jennifer Lynnette Holroyd; her grandson, William Christopher Holroyd; and her great-grandson, Devin James Player.

A graduate of Winthrop Training School and Winthrop College, Mrs. Holroyd began her teaching career in Charleston while her husband served in the Navy during the Korean War. After the war, she returned to Rock Hill, where she taught 7th, 8th, and 9th grade science at Richmond Drive Elementary School, Sullivan Jr. High, and Rawlinson Road Jr. High. She also taught at Winthrop College. Many of her students have remained extended family through the years. Arla was a most devoted teacher, touching the lives of students in ways far beyond the textbook. She reveled in the successes of all students and had a gift for recognizing and encouraging talents often overlooked by others.

Although she grew up Baptist, upon retirement Arla became a member of the revived French Huguenot Church of Charleston, where she was instrumental in starting the Sunday School for children. Arla loved her church! She invited those she met to "Come to our church," where she served as a docent. She often gave a tour of the church after Sunday services. Regularly, she chose a family from the tour and invited them to get in her 1980s Lincoln and go on a "Huguenot tour of Charleston."

In addition, Arla was a longtime supporter and friend of artists, writers, and the arts in general. She frequently opened her historic Mt. Pleasant home to painters and sculptors during Southeastern Wildlife Exposition. Authors and poets, including Poet Laureate of South Carolina - Grace Freeman - and several Low Country authors, sought her skills in critiquing and editing their works. In March 2008, an organ was donated to Mt. Zion AME Church in Charleston by Bennet Bozarth and dedicated in honor of Arla for the good works she did in the community.

Arla's passion for life included learning, teaching, swimming in the ocean, sitting by the harbor, reading, history, bargain shopping, all things Charleston and most especially dancing. She considered photography her ministry as she chronicled people and events prolifically. She had a gift for meeting people of all walks of life everywhere she went. Perhaps her greatest legacy is the connections she made between people that enriched the lives of many.

A gathering of friends will be held on Sunday, January 28, 2018, 1 - 3 PM at J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Mount Pleasant Chapel, 1494 Mathis Ferry Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC.

Graveside Services will be held on Friday, February 2, 2018, at 2 PM at Forest Hills Cemetery, 4290 Old York Road in Rock Hill SC, conducted by Rev. Phillip Bryant.