Minerva “Mike” May Hollis


    Minerva “Mike” May (West) Hollis of Sullivan, Missouri was born in Stanton, Missouri on February 15, 1927 and passed away on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at the age of 94 years.


    She attended Robertsville Elementary School before her family relocated to Sullivan, Missouri where she attended school through eighth grade. She continued her education at Bourbon High School through the first semester of eleventh grade, at which time she left school to go to work and help support her mother and younger siblings.
    She married Courtleigh (Dean) Hollis on July 3, 1947 in St. Louis, Missouri.
    Mike worked in the offices of International Shoe Company in Sullivan, Missouri for 20 years until their closure in 1963. Then she went to work for Midwest Footwear. She held various office jobs throughout the years until her retirement from Onondaga Cave State Park in 1993.
    Mike was an avid reader and kept a cataloged, personal library in her home. She enjoyed working with computers and took a keen interest in researching and recording the genealogy of her family members. She used her artistic talents to repurpose and upcycle items for reuse or to create unique gifts for her family and friends. She had a fearless spirit and would never pass up the opportunity to go flying in airplanes or helicopters and even went ziplining at the age of 85.
    It was not uncommon on a summer day for her home and yard to be full of her grandkids, nieces, nephews, and other neighborhood children. She was very artistic and loved sharing her talents with her family. From stained glass, flower arranging, beaded ornaments and more, there was always a variety of crafting projects on hand.
    She was preceded in death by her mother, Dora West; siblings, Carl West, Jim West, Fuzzy West, Frank West, Ethelyn Friedman and Edith “Pete” Cobb; mother-in-law, Christina “Tena” Hollis; and son-in-law, Donald “Gene” Dixon.
    She is survived by her husband of 73 years, Dean Hollis of Sullivan, Missouri; two daughters, Sharon Dixon of Sullivan, Missouri and Vicki Isom and husband J.R. of Bourbon Missouri; four grandchildren, Brian Isom of Sullivan, Missouri, Jason Dixon and wife Renee of Marathon, Florida, Staci (Isom) Budde and husband Ryan of St. Charles, Missouri and Natalie (Dixon) Counts and husband Kyle of Sullivan, Missouri; six great grandchildren, Troy Creek and Emi Isom of Sullivan, Missouri, Donovan and Spencer Counts of Sullivan, Missouri, Adison and Averi Budde of St. Charles, Missouri, and a yet to be born baby girl Dixon of Marathon, Florida; other relatives and friends.
    A Celebration of Life will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, April 25, 2021 at the Blue Spring Ranch Event Center in Bourbon, Missouri.
    Arrangements under the direction of the Eaton Funeral Home of Sullivan, Missouri.