Long-Time Member of MCDW, Mary Holdsambeck, 1923-2017

By Lisa Handback

We are sad to report that our good friend and long-time member of Madison County Democratic Women, Mary Moling Kirkman Holdsambeck, died Tuesday, December 12th. She was 94 years old and had lived a productive and wonderful life. Below please find the Congressional Tribute honoring her on the occasion of being recipient of MCDW’s Life Time Achievement Award:

HON. ROBERT E. (BUD) CRAMER, JR. of Alabama in the US House of Representatives. Thursday, May 3, 2001

“Mr. CRAMER. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the accomplishments and honor Mrs. Mary Holdsambeck on the receipt of the Madison County Democratic Women’s Division, ‘Joan Carpenter Cashin Lifetime Achievement Award.’ Today’s recognition sheds light on the years of good deeds Mary has accomplished.

She has been a vital leader in the Madison County Democratic Women since she moved to Huntsville. She has served two terms as Chairman of the group and has been involved in state politics as a member of the State Coalition for passing the Equal Rights Amendment and in the current Alabama Constitutional Reform Movement. She has even been a candidate, running in a special election for the State of Alabama House of Representatives.

However, Mary’s commitment to her community is not limited to the political arena. She played a pivotal role in helping to organize Hope Place, now Crisis Services, serving abused women and families. She has also contributed her time and manifold talents to Trinity United Methodist Church, the Wesley Foundation and the American Association of University Women.

I believe this is a fitting honor for one who has given so much to the betterment of our community and our nation. I commend Mary for her lifetime of achievement and I want to express my sincere gratitude for her bold work for the Democratic Party and the patriotic ideals she believes in.”

Berryhill Funeral Home (Huntsville, AL) is assisting the family. Arrangements are currently pending, but we will post updated details if/when those are made available.