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Ada (Johnston) Soliday

Ada (Johnston) Soliday was born in Brownsville or Glenford, OH on June 9, 1879, the daughter of Seth R. and Elizabeth (Minor) Johnston.

On Nov. 12, 1908, in Perry County, she was joined in wedlock with Fred Crider Soliday (Aug. 17, 1878-1944), a native of Baltimore, Fairfield County and the son of Reuben Crider and Elizabeth Melissa (Smih) Soliday.

Together they bore three sons -- Frederick Soliday, Don Crider Soliday and Richard C. Soliday.

Obituary, 1944
They purchased two lots in the village of Glenford, one for their residence, and the other standing vacant.  He was employed as an agent in young manhood with the Zanesville and Western Railway at Glenford. Later the railroad became part of the New York Central Railroad.

Fred is known to have volunteered his time for the Perry County Board of Elections.

Obituary, 1944
Fred was stricken by cancer of the rectum and then heart failure. He was taken for treatment to White Cross Hospital in Columbus, OH. He died at Glenford on April 4, 1944. He was only 55 years of age at the time of his passing.

Carrie survived her husband by just a little over a month. She suffered from psychosis and exhaustion added to the effects of a decade of hardening of the arteries leading to the brain. Later that April, she was admitted to the Sawyer Sanatorium in Marion, OH. There, she succumbed to the spectre of death on May 21, 1944. She was a few weeks shy of her 55th birthday at death. An obituary was published in the Newark Advocate.

At the time of their deaths, son Frederick was working as field director for the American Red Cross at Patterson Field, near Lima, OH; son Don was serving as a Yeoman First Class in the U.S. Navy in Washington, DC; and son Richard was serving overseas as a U.S. Army paratrooper.

Family grave plot in Glenford, OH

~ Son Frederick J. Soliday ~ 

Son Frederick J. Soliday (1910-1991) was born on Jan. 3, 1910 in Glenford, Perry County.

He entered into marrige with Mildred J. Allison ( ? -1977). The couple did not reproduce.

Circa 1931, the Solidays dwelled in Columbus, OH. By 1933, they moved to Lima, OH, and remained as of 1949 at the address of 1309 West Elm Street.

Fred was a member of the Perry County Election Board, representing the Democratic party. 

In time he became employed in Glenford as a station agent for the New York Central Railroad. During World War II, he was a field director for the American Red Cross at Patterson Field, near Lima, OH.

Frederick eventually moved into the field of insurance and founded his own firm, Soliday Insurance Agency. They belonged to Trinity United Methodist Church, and he held a membership in the Garrett Wykoff lodge of the Masons. 

Sadly, Mildred passed away on Sept. 14, 1977. 

Frederick outlived her by 13-plus years. Death spirited him away in Phoenix, AZ as a patient in Humana Hospital on Aug. 28, 1991. An obituary appeared in the Lima News

~ Son Don Crider Soliday ~ 

Son Don Crider Soliday (1916-1983) was born on May 21, 1916.

Don lived in Lima, OH in young manhood. He joined the U.S. Navy in World War II and is known to have been stationed in Washington, DC in 1944. He also served in the military during the Korean War.

Don entered into matrimony with Phyllis (1927- ? ). She was a decade younger than her husband. 

Together, they bore a son, Stephen Soliday. 

He earned a living in the state auditor's office in 1948-2954, examining the finances of muncipalities such as Norwood and Wilmington, with his name appearing in news stories when he found irregularities or issued reports. Later he was employed in the Butler County (OH) Auditor's Office from 1959 to 1971 and in the municipal division of the State Auditor's Office in Columbus from 1971 to retirement in 1983.

The federal census enumeration of 1950 shows this family in Hamilton, Butler County, OH, with Phyllis working as a stenographer for a machine tool business.  

His final residence was in Reynoldsburg on the outskirts of the state capitol. Sadly, he died in July 1983. The remains were interred in Rose Hill Burial Park in Hamilton, Butler County. 

Son Stephen Soliday (1948- ? ) was born in about 1948. 

~ Son Richard C. Soliday ~

Son Richard C. Soliday (1919-1995) was born on March 28, 1919.

Richard resided at Lakewood, OHl in the early 1940s. 

During World War II, in 1944, he served as a U.S. Army paratrooper with the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division. After training at Fort Benning, he was deployed to the European Theatre and became a platoon commander of the 377th Parachute Battalion. He was wounded and captured and held as a prisoner of war in Germany. Russian forces liberated his POW camp and he returned home. Upon arriving in Boston Harbor, he and five other American GIs were photographed and the image published in newspapers across the country. For this sacrifice, he earned a Purple Heart medal. 

Richard appears to have been married twice. With his first bride, he was the father of Sharee McMahon, Shellie Soliday, and Dan Soliday.  

Purple Heart

They made their dwelling-place in Athens, OH in 1946 and in Compton, CA in 1949.

Richard entered into marriage a second time with Patsy Lee (Garmany) Fiorella (June 7, 1933-2018), a native of Chattanooga, TN and the daughter of Clark and Mary Garmany.

Through an earlier marriage with Joe Fiorella, Patsy brought these stepchildren to the second union -- Melanie Adams Hardt and Joette Varner.

By 1970, Richard relocated to East Point, GA. Later they moved to Fayetteville near Atlanta, GA, with their home on Hidden Valley Road. 

He died at the age of 76 on May 6, 1995. The Atlanta Constitution published an obituary. His funeral mass was conducted by Rev. Fr. John Koziol at St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church of Jonesboro. Burial was in Westminster Memorial Gardens in Peachtree City, GA. 

Patsy Lee survived her husband by 23 years. The angel of death cleaved her away in Peachtree City at the age of 85 on Dec. 18, 2018. Her funeral mass was held in the family church.

Daughter Sharee Soliday wed (?) McMahon. Her home in 1995 was in El Cajon, CA.

Daughter Shellie Sharlene Soliday ( ? - ? ) was born on (?). She was an alumna of San Jose (CA) State College and then studied at the University of Minnesota. On July 18, 1970, she was united in matrimony with UM graduate Ronald William McMahon ( ? - ? ), son of William B. McMahon of Duluth. Their nuptials were held at St. John's Catholic Church in Duluth, MN and announced in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The newlyweds settled in Brooklyn Park, MN, with him working for Schering Corporation. By 1995, she had put down roots in Smyrna, GA.

Son Dan Soliday made his residence in Waikoloa, HI in 1995.

Stepdaughter Melanie Fiorella married (?) Adams ( ? - ? ). She lived in Senoia, GA in 1995. She wed again to Bill Hardt ( ? - ? ) and in 2018 remained in Senoia.

Stepdaughter Joette Fiorella, RN, CDE, was joined in wedlock with Richard Stratford Varner Jr. (Oct. 4, 1953-2015), son of Richard Stratford and Marjorie H. Varner Sr. They remained together for 34 years until the separation of death. Their two daughters were Emily Hoffman and Elizabeth Simmons. The Varners' home circa 1995 was in Birmingham, AL. She was employed for three decades with the Princeton Baptist Medical Center, educating and counseling diabetes patients and earning the nickname "Sugar Nurse." Joette was diagnosed with breast cancer in about 2003 and lived for seven years with the disease. She died on Dec. 17, 2010. Her funeral mass was held in Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, with an obituary appearing in the Birmingham newspaper. Richard endured as a widower until death claimed him at age 62 on Nov. 9, 2015. In an obituary, the family asked that any memorial contributions be made to the American Diabetes Association.

  • Granddaughter Emily Varner married Michael Hoffman. They put down roots in Dephne, AL and are the parents of Tatum Hoffman and Charlie Hoffman.
  • Granddaughter Elizabeth Ann Varner was a 2003 graduate of Oak Mountain High School and a 2006 alumna of Jacksonville State University, where she received her bachelor's degree in family and consumeer science, fashion merchandising. As of 2010, she was employed in Birmingham as a visual manager for Gus Mayer. She wed Matthew Blake Simmons ( ? - ? ), son of Harold and Carol Simmons. The wedding was held at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Birmingham. News of their engagement was published in the Gadsden Times. Matthew was a 2004 graduate of Southside High School and a 2009 alum of Jacksonville State, majoring in business management, and at the time of marriage worked as a management assistant for Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Circa 2015, she was living in Dallas.


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