Dollicia Frances Holloway was born on July 11, 1944. She was the eldest of 4 (f0ur) daughters born to the late John A. Holloway and the late former Edith Mae Myers. Dollicia was educated through the Hempstead Public School System. Dollicia later graduated from Hempstead High School in 1961 at the tender age of 16(sixteen). it was said she had missed an entire year of school due to a lengthy bout with scarlet fever. Once she recovered, she returned to school and did so well, she was skipped a grade.
Not long after her graduation from high school, Dollicia was employed as a Legal Secretary with the General Motors Acceptance Corporation(GMAC), the first African-American to hold this position. A few years later, Dollicia accepted employment with a prestigious law firm in the Village of Hempstead as a Legal Secretary. She mentioned to the Hiring Attorney that she had the desire of becoming an Attorney one day. Because of her model shaped height, standing 5'7" without shoes on, Dollicia decided to create another stream of income for herself, by pursuing a career in modeling.
Because of her outgoing personality, her poise and her beauty, she was pursued by a few popular magazine companies and was chosen to grace the covers of such magazines, such as Jive and Bronze Thrill magazine. She was asked to do a photo shoot at the home of the late jazz great, William James"Count" Basie. In 1962, at the age of 17, Dollicia became a centerfold for Jet Magazine. In 1964, she later met and married Gary V. Woolnough, Sr. From this union, in 1965, they had their first son, Gary, Jr.
Dollicia was very driven and extremely business savvy. In 1966, she became a first time home-buyer and purchase a home in Roosevelt, New York, which was a predominately white neighborhood. Because of her "no nonsense" attitude, Dollicia believed if you can "D.A.R.E": what she actually meant was, "If you could "DREAM" it, you can "ACHIEVE" it, you can "RISE' to the occasion and "EXPLORE" new opportunities." In March of 1970, she discovered she was pregnant with her second child. Tragically, on December 31, 1970, as she and her husband were returning from a New Year's Eve Party in Massapequa, their Volkswagen Beetle crashed into a guard rail on the Southern State Parkway.
Dollicia's last photo taken on December 30, 1970. She was nine(9) months pregnant with her unborn son. (Pictured: Her Father, John, her sister, Dalma, her sister, Doreen, her son, Gary, Jr. and her nephew, Keith)
In March of 1970, she discovered she was pregnant with her second child. Tragically, on December 31, 1970, as she and her husband were returning from a New Year's Eve Party in Massapequa, their Volkswagen Beetle crashed into a guard rail on the Southern State Parkway.
On January 1, 1971, Gary suffered broken ribs and a few other broken bones, but Dollicia succumbed to her wounds at the scene of the accident. She was only 26 years old. The paramedics rushed her to a near by hospital in an effort to save her unborn child. It was discovered she had given birth to a second son,but unfortunately passed away shortly after. She was buried at Pinelawn Cemetery in Farmingdale on January 6, 1971. It was later revealed from a family source that during her relationship, Dollicia was physically abused by her husband, as well as her husband cashed out her life insurance policy and opened a business with the proceeds. Her parents had to take him to court for retribution of those funds, so she could be interred at the cemetery. It was said that Dollicia was planning to dissolved the relationship after the New Year. Dollicia F. Holloway ended up becoming a victim of Domestic Violence, before, during and after her death.
The gravesite of Dollicia F. Holloway at Pinelawn Cemetery (pictured: Her sister, Doreen and her Mother, Edith)