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Bertha "Pat" Hollingshead

Sunday, January 5, 2019 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home

Monday, January 6, 2019 at 10:30 am

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home


 Bertha Louise "Pat" Hollingshead, 82, of Hagerstown, Maryland, passed away, Monday, December 23, 2019, at Doey's House.

Born Tuesday, December 14, 1937 in Mt. Lena, MD, she was the daughter of the late Waldo D. Ridenour and the late Dorothy E. (Schroyer) Ridenour.

She was the widow of Paul Leroy Hollingshead who passed away December 31, 2002.

Pat was a buyer for Routzahn's Department Store in Hagerstown and Frederick and Dry Goods, in sales at Hagerstown Honda and a manager at Ashley Furniture. During her time as a buyer, she enjoyed traveling with a group of buyers to New York City's Garment District. Pat loved traveling and did so whenever she could and was always up for an adventure. For several years she owned and operated Pat's Flowers in Boonsboro, MD. She was a member of Salem United Methodist Church in Keedysville. Pat was loved and will be missed by all who knew her. 

She is survived by her two sons, Bruce L. Hollingshead and wife, Elizabeth of Mt. Crawford, VA, Paul (P.D.) D. Hollingshead of Hagerstown, MD; five brothers, Charles Ridenour and wife, Nancy of Hagerstown, MD, David Ridenour and wife, Faye of Louisville, KY, Robert Ridenour and wife, Carol of Smithsburg, MD, Paul Ridenour and wife Bonnie of Sharpsburg, MD and James Ridenour and wife, Sharon of Mt. Lena, MD; companion, Donald McDowell and son Rodney McDowell of Hodgenville, KY; three grandchildren, Heather Hollingshead Crawford, Wendy Hollingshead Corbett and Joshua Hollingshead, and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Harry Ridenour and sisters, Mary Jenkins and Terry Ward.

Services will be held Monday, January 6, 2020, at 10:30 am, at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North Hagerstown, MD, with the Rev. Ken Fizer officiating.

Family will receive friends at the funeral home, Sunday, January 5, 2020, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Interment will be at the Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, Hagerstown, MD.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Salem United Methodist Church, 25 S. Main Street, Keedysville, MD 21756.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Guest Book

I am so very sorry for the loss of your mother, sister and grandmother- She was a wonderful person- she will be sadly missed- My heart goes out m each one of her beloved brothers and sisters- May she rest in peace Linda Oakley and family-

Linda Wolford Oakley
Carbondale, KS

I always told Donald that you made him look good! You did indeed! You had such class! You will be missed by many! Including me!

Brenda Gaddie
Buffalo, Ky

Love you very much Sis:

David Ridenour
Louisville , Kentucky 40245

To all the Ridenour families...Chauncey and I send our sincerest condolences in your loss. Patti was a great lady with lots of accomplishments in her lifetime. Now she is an angel in Heaven's choir. Keep all your memories close at heart because you will be together again one sweet day.

Linda Rohrer
Boonsboro, Maryland

Pat. What a kind patient understanding person she was. The world an my life is better because I knew her. Great memories!!! Chuck marshall

Guck marshall
Flemingsburg , Ky

Pat will surely be missed by the people of Larue County Kentucky. Prayers for her Family, Donald and Rodney.

Marvin Skaggs
Hodgenville, KY

So very sorry to hear of Berthas passing. PD, thanks for the opportunity to meet your Mom, even know briefly. She seemed like a very nice person. Condolences to the rest of the family also.

Harry and Trudy Baker
Chewsville, Maryland

Loved sitting a just talking with Pat at the farm machinery store......such a kind and smart lady.

Gary McDowell
Hodgenville , Ky

Pat will be greatly miss.......what a special lady.

Regina McDowell
Hodgenville , Ky

Pat was the sweetest lady and always had something nice to say, always had a smile on her beautiful face. She will be missed dearly.

Donna Salsman
Buffalo, KY

She was a classy lady that will be missed. Everyone that came into contact with her respected her and liked her. She will be missed in our community and in the Cattleman’s Association. Condolences to her family and close friends.

Phyllis Gentry
New Haven , Kentucky

Pat and I were cabinmates on several cruises with her family. I have always admired her accomplishments whether personal or professional. She lived life to the fullest. She will be sorely missed.

Anne-Marie Seaborne
Hagerstown, MD

I serve as the current pastor at Salem United Methodist Church of Keedysville, MD, but I knew Ms. Pat when I was a child attending the congregation I now serve. She was a lady of great integrity, and I remember her zeal for the Lord. My deepest condolences to family and friends. May God provide comfort and peace.

Suzanne Jones
Shepherdstown , WV

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