Arlene Patricia (Briney) Hollis, born September 12, 1933, fell asleep peacefully in the arms of Jesus on March 16, 2022.
Arlene was a devoted follower of Jesus, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, pastor’s wife and friend. She was deeply spiritual, loving, principled, elegant and nurturing.
Her father was a farmer while her mother was a school teacher and pastor. Being raised on an Illinois farm gave her a love for all things outdoors, while her mother’s teaching and ministry gifting profoundly imprinted the direction of Arlene’s life. She fell in love with Jesus at a young age and followed Him wholeheartedly with devotion and passion.
Arlene married the love of her life, Jonathan Hollis, in 1954 and stood by his side in marriage and ministry for 66 years. Together they served Jesus faithfully and raised up many spiritual sons and daughters who were sent out into the great harvest field spreading the Good News of the Gospel. Well done, "Sister Hollis," well done!
She felt that her greatest contribution to the world was mentoring her four children, Douglas, Gregory, Starlene and Rochelle. She raised them with focused intentionality to be world changers for Jesus; instilling in them her love for God’s Word and following the Holy Spirit’s leading. Additionally, her love for music was transferred to her children. These passions have now shaped the lives of multiple generations.
To her twelve grandchildren, she was a beloved “Mama”, sharing a unique warmth and tenderness with them. She was proud of who they had grown to become and that they all were following Jesus.
Even though she was deeply introverted and private, God called her to be a Bible teacher. Arlene took her calling very seriously, spending several days each week studying and preparing fresh material for her students. Her classes were often filled to capacity with open hearts and open notebooks, as she practically applied the Word of God.
She had been struggling with vascular dementia for several years. Her children and their spouses surrounded and cared for her in her final days.
She is survived by her son, Gregory (Kristie), her daughters, Starlene Combs (Mark) and Rochelle Enloe (Tim), 12 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Jonathan Hollis, their eldest son, Rev. Douglas Hollis, her parents and three siblings.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30pm, Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at Colonial Heights Assembly of God, 5200 S Broadway, Wichita, Kansas.
The service will also be live-streamed at: https://www.Facebook.com/colonialheightsassembly/live/
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established at the church and donations can be made online here: https://www.colonialheightschurch.com.
Colonial Heights Assembly of God
5200 S Broadway, Wichita, KS 67216