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December 23, 1952 ~ October 5, 2023 (age 70) 70 Years Old
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Alberta departed her life on Thursday, October 5, 2023 at Mercy Fairfield Hospital with love by her side from family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Alter Brooks (father) and Roberta Woods (mother) who passed away 3 months after giving birth; the mother who raised her, Gussie Blackman; her great aunt who adopted her; her father and mother-in-law, Booker and Buelah Weatherall; her sister, Juanita Israel and her sister in Christ, Jerri Cardwell.
Left to mourn her beautiful, loving memory is her husband, Larry Lanell Holston; daughter and son in-law, Shanell and Michael Chappell; son, Jamin Clyde Holston; granddaughters, LeAndria Holston and Reigna Chappell; grandson, Jamin Dane Holston; her sisters, Leverne Erabbell and Annette Bransford; her sisters-in-law, Barbara Howard, Henrietta Thompson, JoAnn Robinson and Oval Jean Holston along with a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends, some who communicated 3 or 4 times a day, others throughout the week.
Alberta was born December 23, 1952 in Hamilton, Ohio. She accepted Jesus Christ into her life in 1973 and served the Lord faithfully all her life. She battled breast and lung cancer for five years before departing this world.
Alberta graduated from South High School in Columbus, Ohio in 1970. She then went to study Education at Bowling Green State University.
She met the love of her life Larry Lanell Holston, and they married March 30, 1974. After marrying, they became youth ministry directors at Israel Baptist Church where they were members. They led a teen group called Teens Unlimited in Christ where they taught them how to have a relationship with Jesus Christ, how to study God’s Word, memorize it and how to apply it to their lives. This brought the children great excitement, giving them an opportunity to have new experiences with field trips around the United States learning to respect and love others. To many of the young girls, she was a second mother.
She enjoyed actively participating in the church community through bible studies and small groups for her personal spiritual growth. She was diligent in serving in the prayer warrior ministry where she communicated specific prayer requests to the warriors all the way up until the last 3 weeks of her life.
Alberta began her long work career with the Kroger Co. before moving to SOS (Southern Ohio) Steel where she was a secretary/receptionist for over 30 years before retiring. She came out of retirement to become the executive secretary at Cincinnati Mills Mall (the former Forest Fair Mall) for 10 years.
When you think of Alberta “AB”, you think about the beautiful smile. she enjoyed opening her home to any and every one she loved to cook and host parties. She was famous for her poundcake and loved to crochet. She loved to gather with her friends and play Bid Whist. Alberta loved traveling with friends, Live Entertainment and attending Women's retreats. Most of all she loved spending time with family and friends across the US. She faithfully helped raise two of her grandchildren. Alberta was and always will be a beautiful soul. She will be deeply missed. For she was and will always be a beautiful soul.