They remembered Dimples with tapestries and t-shirts, line dances and motorcycle processions.
Dorothy ‘Dimples’ Holman passed away last month, but she was the star of the Our Youth Their Future 10th anniversary festival over the weekend.
And she will continue to be honored thanks to a new foundation that will bear her name.
“We all collectively wanted to do something to keep her memory alive,” said Morristown Council President Toshiba Foster, co-founder of Our Youth Their Future and daughter of Holman, who was 68.
The Dorothy ‘Dimples’ Holman Foundation will help college-bound children of single parents, according to Foster, who is pursuing nonprofit status for the foundation.
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A large crowd gathered under sunny skies Saturday at the newly renovated Cauldwell Playground for the annual cookout.
Kids lined up for face-painting and romped inside an inflatable “wrecking ball.” A deejay pumped out music. Social service agencies staffed information tables. The basketball court got a workout. Volunteers from Bethsaida Chapter 7 and Tyrian Lodge 34 kept the burgers coming.
Town Administrator Jillian Barrick and Mayor Tim Dougherty even tried some line dancing–Dougherty later joked that it sent him to the hospital with a heart attack. (He appears to be making a swift recovery.)
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Our Youth Their Future was established a decade ago by Foster, her mother, and several friends, in response to a teen’s suicide. They said they wanted to show support and offer alternatives to despair.
“We love you, Dimples,” read t-shirts worn by Holman’s pals on Saturday.
A tapestry with Holman’s portrait was unfurled. One of Foster’s cousins, Derrick “Franco” Harris, led a motorcycle procession through the park. Holman’s other daughter, Shaquita Holman, and her son Jahree performed a dance tribute.
Dorothy Holman graduated from Morristown High School in 1969, and retired from Bellcore /Telcordia. Active in the local Democratic party, she also served on the Morristown Housing Authority. She leaves behind eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Reciting a proclamation, the mayor described Holman as a “loving spirit (with) a heart of gold,” who touched many lives including his own.
Video: Mayor Tim Dougherty remembers Dorothy Holman:
“She was known for saying ‘I’m living my best life.’ She did every day, even through her health challenges,” said Dougherty. Holman survived for years after a double lung transplant.
The mayor challenged residents to honor Holman’s memory by volunteering in the community and “lending a hand to those who need it most.”
While it was an emotional afternoon for Foster, she said her mom would have loved the memorial festivities.
“I think she’s smiling down on us,” she said, as friends mingled on the playground. “She brought us a ray of sunshine.”
Correspondent Bill Lescohier contributed to this story.