Catherine “Cat” Artis

November 10, 1941 ~ August 30, 2021 (age 79)
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Catherine Artis, affectionately known as “Cat” was born on Monday, November 10, 1941, in Perquimans County, North Carolina to the late Robert Holley and Tallue Nixon. She was suddenly called to eternal rest on Monday, August 30, 2021 at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. 

Catherine accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Saunders Grove Baptist Church in Herford, North Carolina. She was educated in Perquimans County Public Schools. As a young woman, Cat followed in her sister, Tina’s footsteps and moved to Newark, New Jersey in search of promising career opportunities. She had successful careers working at Moldcast Lighting and Hoffman LaRoche. 

On March 21, 1961 Catherine gave birth to Curtis Dean Holley, her only child. She later wed William Henry Artis on January 29, 1965. 

Catherine was an avid bingo player. Through her love for playing bingo, she formed many lifelong friendships. Cat had to play bingo weekly and would even go play while visiting her son and grandchildren in Maryland. Cat also loved working with children. She truly enjoyed the kids and cherished the friendships made with her co-workers while working at World of Kiddie Kingdom and Elbanna Kids Bus Company. 

An Intimate Graveside Committal Service will take place Sunday September 12,2021 at 4pm at The Nixon/Holley Family Cemetery Popular Neck Road Hertford, NC.

Catherine leaves to cherish and celebrate her memory, her son Curtis Dean Holley (Marsha) of Oxon Hill, MD; grandchildren Keairra Shenae Sylver (Mark) of Temple Hills, MD; Pamela Curtrice Holley of Suitland, MD; Shardae La’Chelle Holley of Suitland, MD; great-grandchildren Aden, Zy’Aire, Zamir, Sincere, Myles and Milly; brothers Harvest “Sonny” Holley of Hertford, NC and Edison “Dot” Holley (Sarah) of Willingboro, NJ; sisters Fredericka “Tina” Holley (John) of Irvington, NJ; Wilhelimina “Berl” Boone of Tyner, NC and Wealthy Holley-Lewis of Irvington, NJ; beloved mother-in-law Mrs. Majorie Taylor; devoted lifelong friend Barbara Jean Canty (Thomas) of Goldsboro, NC and a host of beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her sisters Nellie Mae Nixon-Bennet of Hertford, NC and Mary Hines of Montclair, NJ; brothers Robert Holley Jr. of Tyner, NC; James Alfonzo Holley of Tyner, NC and Richard Holley of Tyner, NC; and lastly her nephew Calvin Holley.

The compassionate professionals at Horton’s Funeral Homes and Cremations are working around the clock to ensure that the Artis and connected families every need is attended too.



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September 12, 2021

4:00 PM
Nixon Holley Family Cemetery
Popular Neck Road
Hertford, NC 27944

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