Swarthmore Friends Meeting
Memorial Minute for Holley Webster
Meeting member, Holley Webster died May 22, 2007.
She was born November 16, 1916, and proudly spoke of her
At Meeting she was friendly and generous, always greeting newcomers, and sensitive to people who were experiencing hardship. She was deeply committed to Quaker values of equality, simplicity, and integrity.
She was a gifted speaker, and often gave messages at Meeting, such as her summaries from reading Pendle Hill pamphlets, and messages about her inspirations from other Quakers, especially those in the Meeting. She was the guiding light for the Discretionary Fund, and a high-energy Clerk of the Peace and Social Concerns Committee. She worked for Pendle Hill as a proof-reader for their pamphlet series until shortly before her death. She and her daughter, Nancy, were powerful engines in our Meeting.
Holley’s Civic Face
She was a longtime
member of the Women’s International
League of Peace and Freedom. She always spoke about the good side of
today’s young people and was interested in cultivating them. She was a Girl
Scout leader and the high school faculty sponsor of “Peace Groups against the
Vietnam War.” She enabled high school students to mobilize against the war by
organizing candlelight vigils and by training some as marshals for the November
15, 1969, massive Moratorium March in
Her life’s pleasure was to go to plays, write reviews, and chat with actors and directors. One of her first reviews was the 1950s in the Chester Times for a Black theatre company. She produced the Stage newsletter for over 30 years, organized 22 community workshops for theatre people, and joyfully volunteered at the Player’s Club for over 50 years.
Both in people and in plays she valued character. She said people who have character have goals; she was interested in how they worked to achieve their goals, and how they dealt with their achievement or lack of achievement.
We will remember Holley as a most-valued member of our Meeting community, who had, and achieved, many civic and Quaker goals.
Presented at Meeting for Business June 14, 2009