Carolyn Arlene Lifsey

Obituary of Carolyn Arlene Holland Lifsey

Carolyn Arlene Holland Lifsey, 82, died Tuesday, October 5, 2021. Arlene was born April 20, 1939, in Savannah. She was the daughter of the late James Ransome Holland and Anne Elizabeth Strickland Holland.


She grew up in Savannah and was a graduate of Commercial High School. She received a B.S. in Business Education from Georgia Southern University, and a M.Ed. from the University of South Carolina. Arlene began her teaching career at Savannah High School, where she met her husband Ron, who was also a teacher. They were married in Savannah in 1963. By the time of their marriage, Ron had become an officer in the United States Air Force. Ron and Arlene traveled and lived in many places, both in this country and abroad. Arlene taught school in many locations, the last being Lancaster, SC, where she retired. She and Ron had been married 54 years at the time of his death in 2017.


Arlene is survived by her two sons, Michael Holland Lifsey (Melissa) of Chester, SC, and Matthew Ransome Lifsey (Dea) of West Columbia, SC; two nieces, Lisa Cahill and Dawn Wilson; and three much loved grandchildren, Mary Elizabeth, Matthew, and Ransome. She was predeceased by her husband Richard Ronald Lifsey; her parents; and her brother, James Ransome Holland, Jr. 


Per Arlene’s wishes, interment will be a private family service at Hillcrest Cemetery, Savannah, GA. 


In lieu of flowers, Arlene suggested memorials be made to Epworth Children’s Home in Columbia, SC or Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Lancaster, SC.

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