Obituary of Linda Lou “Lulu” Murphree Holley
Linda Lou “Lulu” Murphree Holley went to her final heavenly resting place on February 11, 2022, peacefully at her home in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the age of 73. She was born in Houston, Mississippi on February 27, 1948, the first daughter of Charles Dee Murphree and Annie Jean Doss Murphree Alford.
Linda Lou was a graduate of West Point High School. After high school, she married Captain John Anthony Holley of West Point, MS. Relocating to California, they started their married life on military bases, the final one being in Germany, where Anthony was killed while training to fly a mission in the Vietnam conflict.
After Anthony's death, Linda Lou received her degree in education from Mississippi State University. She moved to New Orleans, where she fulfilled her love for children as an elementary school teacher. She continued her education at the University of New Orleans so that she could work with special needs children. She retired from teaching in 2009, having spent the last twenty years of her career at Lusher School.
Linda Lou's love and zest for life led her to "never meet a stranger". She had a heart of gold and was extremely generous in caring for her family and friends. She had a contagious smile and a mischievous twinkle in her eye, was extremely creative, and always dressed in a beautiful and fashionable style of her own.
While living in New Orleans, Linda Lou met her longtime loving companion, Garnet Hardin, and during their thirty years together they travelled extensively. She volunteered at the New Orleans Jazz Fest for twenty years, where Garnet worked as the head of construction for the festival. After her Alzheimer's diagnosis, Garnet made all the necessary changes so that she could remain in her home for the duration of her illness, including a loving team of caregivers.
Linda Lou was preceded in death by her husband, Capt. John Anthony Holley; her parents, Jean and Travis Alford; her biological father, Charles Dee Murphree; her in-laws, TS and Reba Holley; as well as loving grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.
She is survived by Garnet Hardin II; his son, Garnet Munro Hardin (Aleksandra and their two children); her four siblings, Charlotte Messier (Bill), Debbie Anthony (David), Michael Murphree (Jack), and Jeannie Johnson (Rodney); her favorite aunt, Virginia Howell; one niece; four nephews; five great-nieces; four great-nephews; and a host of cousins and friends, as well as her Jazz Fest family.
We give our heartfelt thanks to her two special caregivers, Ms. Sylvia Mark and Ann Herzog. Because of Linda Lou’s sweet personality, both of these women loved her unconditionally. They enabled Garnet to give her care that allowed her to stay in her home throughout her illness.
A Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday, May 4, 2022, location to be announced.