Lucy Ann Hollingsworth
Lucy Ann Hollingsworth
  • November 16, 1946 - January 21, 2017
  • Columbia, South Carolina

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COLUMBIA - Lucy Ann Hollingsworth Walker, ever elegant and outrageous, died January 21, 2017, after a valiant battle with lung cancer. A bright light and unforgettable spirit leaves us all too soon.

Lucy grew up in Decatur, Georgia, where she spent her summers at the family lake house swimming and waterskiing with her brother, “Butch.” She married young and travelled the world until the birth of her beautiful daughter, Jenny. Subsequently, Lucy and Jenny fell in love with Jimmy (James) Walker, Jr., and Jimmy and Lucy were married in 1989.

For 28 years, Lucy worked at USC Arnold School of Public Health as a graphic artist, and in many other roles, where she brought an over-the-top finesse to whatever task was assigned. After retiring, Lucy enthusiastically helped Jenny launch a successful jewelry design company, Theodosia.

The list of roles Lucy undertook is lengthy: Sailor, swimmer, water skier, hippie, smuggler, seamstress, weaver, artist, jewelry maker, flower arranger, wedding planner, painter (house and fine arts), graphic designer, gala creator, board member, defender of just causes, style maven, interior decorator, chef and foodie, wine enthusiast, bourbon drinker, travel buddy, cat lover, baby sitter and protector, sister, mother, wife, and Mary Poppins grandmother, “Nana.”

Her last creative tasks, despite painfully advancing cancer, were wallpapering the bedroom of her grandson, Walker, and tiling the fireplace surround for her beloved daughter, Jenny.

Lucy’s unforgettable, colorful personality was as bright and captivating as her fabulous wardrobe. Her passion for living reflected in every facet of her life from her beautiful art-filled home to her ability to pick up a roadside discard and paint and embellish it into a refined object d’art. She loved dressing “to the nines” in some detailed, architectural of-the-moment fashion and going out for an elegant evening with her husband, Jimmy. Yet she also delighted in just sitting in her cozy den with friends while sipping Jimmy’s well-crafted cocktails.

She is survived by her husband, James Walker; her daughter, Jenny Kjerfve Thompson (Dan) of Charleston; grandchildren, Walker, Ellie, and Liza Thompson; brother, Hugh Wallace Hollingsworth (Barbara); and her Tennessee cousins, Barbara, Beverly, and Polly. Her love and generosity extended to a broad circle of friends too numerous to name, many of whom grew to be more like family than friends.

An informal memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, 3926 Devine Street.

Although Lucy loved a beautiful flower arrangement, donations may be made to the Columbia Museum of Art, Planned Parenthood, or Harvest Hope Food Bank. At Lucy’s request, one “Hell-uv-a” Soiree will follow later in the spring, her favorite time of year.

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