Carol Ann Holman Gonzales

Carol Ann Holman Gonzales, 85, of Amarillo, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, January 27, 2024. She was born September 25, 1938, to Larry E. Holman and Francis Lester Holman. 

Carol grew up in Canyon, Texas, and she graduated from Canyon High School in 1956.  She went on to West Texas State College and graduated with a B.A. in English in 1959. She retired from a 25-year career in the Social Security Administration office. 

Carol was very active in her faith, and she became a 3rd order Carmelite and faithfully served for roughly 40 years. 

During her life, she put others above herself and would not hesitate to help anyone she could. She was bold in her faith and would tell the gospel and speak about Jesus everywhere she went. She loved animals, all of them, and frequently rescued them and brought them home for good! She was a mother and friend to many. 

Carol was preceded in death by her mother and father; her daughters Lisa and Kim, and her son, David. 

Those left to cherish her memory are her brother, Larry R. Holman; her grandchildren, Chris Wilkinson, Cherokee Wilkinson, Callie Ethier, Ryan Ethier, and Megan Gonzales; and her great-grandchildren, Cylus, Payten, Kelsie and Carson, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews. 

Carol also had many “adopted” kids and a few adults too that she truly loved from Boys Ranch.  There are way too many to write individually.  If you knew her, you are one of them!

A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00 a.m. February 9, 2024, at Accelerate Church at 4400 S. Crockett St., in Amarillo, Texas.


  1. Don Nichols

    I met Carol and her mother in the fall of 1978 when I lived across the alley from Francis Holman (Carol’s mother)!
    Only 45+ plus years as close friends! Wow! Carol knew she could call me anytime for whatever or just to visit about anything or nothing and I could count on her for a nice long visit day or night! Carol told me more than once in December that she was tired of not being able to go and do things she needed to do on her own but she said she would make the best of life until God called her home! She definitely did!! She enjoyed her family, friends and her phone! lol on her phone! Callie, Carol was so thankful and she told me many many times how you were so faithful in bringing her whatever she needed and you taking her wherever she needed to go!! Carol will be missed by her family, friends and me as well!! I’m thankful for Carol’s Christian life and guidance and her allowing me to be her friend!!

  2. Paul Lidzy

    I met Gram when I was about 7-8 years old. This was also the time I met Callie, whom I have called my sister since. Gram was an amazing woman that never let the world get her down. She welcomed and love me like one of her own all my life. Every time I saw Gram it would be after many years, but somehow it was like no time had passed. She always had a great smile for me and her aura always made my day. She was like a second grandmother to me and I will miss her dearly. Till we meet again.

  3. Diane (Johnson) Dolinka

    My mother, Anita Lester Johnson, was Carol Ann’s big cousin. Growing up in Maryland, our gatherings with extended family in Texas were few and far between, but the times we were all together leave precious memories. I especially remember when Carol Ann visited our family in the 1980s. Her faith was so strong that we found ourselves somehow persuaded to attend a church we’d never been to because she didn’t want to miss a service even while far away on vacation. I know Carol Ann had struggles and hardships during her time on earth. May her love ones find comfort knowing she is at peace.

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