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Jerry Ann Holdman-Davis

December 2, 1945 ~ September 22, 2023 (age 77) 77 Years Old

Jerry Holdman-Davis Obituary

Death is a natural thing like the closing of a door as we start upon a journey to a new and distant shore.  

So let your grief be softened and yield not to despair, Jerry has been placed in Our Father's loving care. 

Life on earth is temporary, just a few brief years in which to prepare for a life that is free from pain and tears, where time is not counted in hours or years.


Jerry Ann Jones began her journey on December 2, 1945 in Vancouver, Washington.  Jerry was the second child of six children born to James and Evelina Jones.  

Jerry attended the Seattle Public School District, elementary through high school, while attending Garfield High School, Jerry worked part-time as a librarian assistant and excelled in school.  Jerry was the first African-American teenager to ride The Seattle, bookmobile; she successfully graduated from high school in 1964.

Upon graduating from high school, Jerry married her high school sweetheart, Leedell Campbell, to their union they had a baby they named Tracey Campbell.

In 1965 striving for independence and individuality, Jerry enrolled in Mrs. Edwards' Cosmetology Beauty School, she graduated at the top of her class, this endeavor fueled a lifetime desire for the beauty and fashion industry.  Jerry worked and modeled for D'Charlene Beauty Salon, which landed her a job with Frederick & Nelson Department Store, where the first African-American mannequin the store used, was modeled after her.  The mannequin was displayed in the window from 1966-1970.

In 1972, Jerry married a gentleman who was once an M.C. at the legendary Heritage House (not to mention an incredible singer) by the name of Willet Lee Holdman aka W.L..  To their union they had a baby  Tina Holdman.  While living in Arizona, Jerry was the first African-American woman bartender for the Hyatt Regency Hotel.  Jerry and Willet Lee (W.L.) returned to Washington, where she became a surgical technician.  In 1986, Jerry retired as a surgical technician and in 1989,  when her beloved W.L. went home to sing with the lord.

In 2003, Jerry married Ezekiel Davis.  They enjoyed life…  Especially traveling and with her Baby sis’ Cynthia and her husband Robert.  Jerry truly enjoyed spending time with Family and friends 

Jerry also loved playing bingo at BJ's Bingo & Casino, thrift and antique shopping, traveling, crafting, feeding the homeless and volunteering at the Milton Food bank.  Jerry never met a stranger, she enjoyed talking to anyone, she had a big heart and loved giving to those who were in need.  Jerry was our family, super hero and beautiful person inside and out.  No matter how heavy the load was, if she could help, she would lift you up…. all 90 pounds of her! 

Jerry was preceded in death by her Father and Mother James and Evelina Jones, her Brothers Frank (Bro) and Donald Jones, her Sister Gloria (Pookie) Jones, her husband's Willet Lee (W.L.) Holdman and Eziekel Davis.

Jerry's journey was completed on September 22, 2023.  The first day of Autumn! 

She leaves to cherish her memories:  Her daughters Tracey Campbell (Anthony Ray), Tina Holdman-Lewis, her siblings Gary Jones (Paz), Cynthia Jones-Taylor (Robert Taylor), Her grandchildren Stacial & Royce Duckworth, Derel Jenkins, Israel & Elijah Russ, and Ti'Anna Dunn, her great-grandchildren Ayanna Jacobs-Kalyan, Isaiah Dunn and Ivyanna Jenkins, and a host of nieces and nephews, family and friends.

On behalf of my family and myself, I would like to take this time to express our thanks for your friendship, your kindness, your prayers, your support (when we couldn’t get there), and the love you've shown my Mom!  Your heartfelt courtesies will never be forgotten! Thank you! 



Bonney Watson Washington Memorial Park

16445 International Blvd Sea-Tac Wa

Funeral Service

Columbia Funeral Home

4567 Rainier Ave So

Seattle ,Wa

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Funeral Service
October 23, 2023

11:00 AM
Columbia Funeral Home - Chapel
4567 Rainier Ave S.
Seattle, WA 98118

October 23, 2023

2:00 PM
WA Memorial Park
16445 International Boulevard
SeaTac, WA 98188


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