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Romona A. Minns


Sunrise: July 11, 1949

Sunset: October 8, 2021

Romona A. Minns, known to her students as Ms. Holliday, was called home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, October 8, 2021.  Born in Norfolk, VA, she attended and graduated from Booker T Washington High School.  She then went on to be an educator for Norfolk Public Schools for 25 years.  Romona loved being a homemaker.  Her children and grandchildren were her life.

Romona A. Minns is predeceased by her loving husband, Albert B. Minns. She’s also predeceased by her mother, Claretha Brown and her father, Archie Phillips.  Romona is survived by her daughter, Michelle Holliday; her sons, Ray Edwards Jr., Reginald Holliday, and Donnelle Holliday; six grandchildren, Ray Edwards III, Semiyah Edwards, Aniyah Davis, Noah Edwards, Heaven Edwards, Fahiym Edwards.  She is also survived by three sisters, Theresa Williams, Dorothy Williams, and Darlene Chandler, along with a host of other relatives and friends.

No Viewing Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Tuesday, October 19, 2021 11:00am Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505 Interment Riverside Cemetery 1000 E. Indian River Road Norfolk, VA 23523 *Masks Required*

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    Amanda Gainer says

    Sending prayers of comfort and peace to the family. Mrs. Minns was a sweet person. She was beautiful and elegant.❤❤❤

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      Ray Edwards says

      Thank you mrs Gainer for you kind words

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    Vanessa Jones says

    I will always remember the warm heart you had for me from the time you and I met. I loved you as a true sister. We shared so many happy times. I will always remember the wonderful times we shared talking about our families. I will also remember the laughter and joy that you brought into my life. I will remember you forever. God has added another angel in Heaven. May your family be filled with wonderful memories of their loving mother.
    Love you.

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    Renee Brown-Hall says

    I am so sorry for the passing of our dear Romona. I called her Mona. She was my cousin. She was a very independent person and took pride in herself. I remembered that she loved to cook tuna casserole and invited us over to eat when we were younger. I am sending my condolences to the family and hope that your good memories of Mona will bring you comfort. The Bible brings us hope for our dear departed family at John 5: 28 and 29. May the family fine peace and hope in these scriptures.

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      Aunt Cheryl & Family says

      I remember coming home to Norfolk, and we’d squeeze in some time for a visit. We would play our favorite 45 rpm records and record-albums on the stereo, and we’d sing along to some Smokey Robinson, Curtis Mayfield, The Temptations, Al Green, Dee Dee Sharp, Aretha Franklin or The Jackson 5s and The O’Jays. We would dance—The Mashed Potato, The Monkey, The Bump, The Robot, and everybody’s favorite dance; The Electric Slide. I can remember the smells of hot buttered Rolls, Tuna Casserole or a Pot Roast cooking in the kitchen. She had a talent for cooking and the food was delicious. Romona was a joy and dearly loved.

      Ray, losing a parent is never easy, may you, your siblings and all of the grandkids find comfort in the lovely memories you all shared and may time heal the sadness that you feel with the loss of your lovely Mother and Grandmother.
      During these tough times, know that you and all of the family are in our thoughts and prayer. 🙏🏽

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    Felicia Howard says

    With Sympathy for your loss. May you find peace during this difficult time. Our prayers are with Michelle and the family.
    Warmest Regards,
    Felicia Howard & the My Joy Team

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    Griffin Family says

    Romona, a cousin of cousins. Although, older than me, her personality was fun and youthful. She allowed me and Joanne (one of my sisters) to spend time at her house overnight. Let me tell you “Good Times”. We played on the phone, ate well and stayed up all night. As my other sister (Renee) said, Tuna Casserole was definitely one of my favorite dishes Mona prepared. I couldn’t help but smile when I was around her. It’s good to know Romona is no longer in pain. I had the pleasure of talking with her a few weeks back. We both enjoyed our conversation. I think she was happy to hear that death will be done away with. The same discussion we had hopefully, will bring a measure of comfort to our family now. She will be missed until we see her again.

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    Tanya Thompson and Family says

    Our deepest condolences to the family, Ms. Romona lived on 29th Street when we met. So many years ago but she was always in our thoughts as we reminisce of the good times. She was a very sweet lady, a great neighbor and very classy. We really wanted to see her again. Time really does fly. Ms. Mona, you will be Missed. Take your rest, until we meet again.
    The Thompson Family 🙏

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    Michelle R Holliday says

    Mommy, words can’t describe how lost I feel without you. We did everything together. I miss our conversations. We could talk about anything and everything. I miss laughing with you. I miss your hugs and kisses. I miss your unconditional love. Not only are you my mama, you’re my best friend and my soulmate. I love you mommy. I’ll miss you for the rest of my life. Heaven gained another Angel. Until we meet again…

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    Kay Brown says

    Two thing about Romona I will always remember and cherish. The dinner party she gave where she introduce us to her yougest kids. Ray her oldest we already knew. And a dance party she through for all the kids in her area (before her kids were born). And she encourage me to dance publicly for the first time. I still laugh about today
    She had a large large heart and that’s why I know Acts 24:15 has a hope for her in the Bible. And the author of the Bible can be a sure hope and comfort to you. When times seem the darkest call to him. His name is Jehovah. And ask for the comfort you need in his son’s name Jesus Christ. And you will feel and see the true of 2 Corinthians 1:3,4
    Romona, your Mother, my cousin will be missed in my heart and every remember that I have of her. But it those same memories I know I will see her again as brought out in John 5:28.

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    Anita Thornton says

    To the Family of Mrs. Minns,
    I am truly sorry to hear about the passing of Mrs. Minns. I met Mrs. Minns working at Larchmont Elementary School. She was a wonderful, kind, loving and generous person. She helped when, where and how, at all times, for the benefit of the students. She truly was a gift that will definitely be missed. Praying for the family that God will comfort you during this time of your loss. May her love be your legacy.

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      Nancy Whitaker says

      To the family of Ms. Minns, I am so deeply saddened for your loss. I met Ms. Minns at Larchmont, she was a dedicated hard working lady who enjoyed work. I could tell where Minns was in the building or where she had been by the smell of her perfume. I would give her a ride home from work with no charge but she demanded to give me something because she was a proud woman who paid her way. We would talk about our children,grand- children and our sleep overs on the way home. I truly miss Minns but she is in a better place. May God grant her family peace and please remember everything heals in time.

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      Mim Roberts Harvey says

      To the family of my friend Ramona Minns I met Ramona years ago at Monroe elementary school while visiting my son Sterling in the 94-95 school year. We shared a friendship that had no end. Even though I lived in Pennsylvania and she in Virginia we kept close contact. She had such a kind sweet spirit that only God can give. You got your wings and flew away. Your leaving is our loss and heavens gain. I will miss you my friend and thanks for looking out for my son while he was in Virginia and sharing your love and kindness with us. Gone but never forgotten. Your friend Rev. R. Mim Roberts Harvey. Until we meet again. Thank you Reggie for being so kind. Love to you and family.

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    Venetia Thompson- Winslow says

    October 14th, 2021 (Thursday) 11:05 pm
    My heart was broken when I heard the very sad news of Romona’s passing. My family the Thompsons lived across the street from Romona for years and years. My mother (Nat) and Romona were very good friends. My mother sends her condolences her heart is saddened. At that time she had one child and we called him (man).We loved her so much she was our family. She was so so BEAUTIFUL!!!!! We love you Romona Holiday-Minns RIP

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    Raeshel says

    Praying for you and your family – Michelle
    From Raeshel (My Joy Family)

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    Monica says

    Michelle, I will be praying for you.im here for you if you need me.
    From Monica (My Joy Family) – hold on to those good memories

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    Aja says

    Hey Michelle if you need anything i’m here. From Aja (My Joy Family)

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    Cheryll Trower says

    Words cannot express how I feel, but I know that you are in a better place. Praying for family…Love you always.

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    Josephine Linyear says

    To the Minns/ Holliday Family: My heart is still aching at hearing of the death of Ramona. I had not spoken with her for quite some time but I have very fond memories of her. I never met most of her family but got to know her twins, Michelle and Donnelle as well as two of her grandchildren, Ray and Semiyah. I met Ramona through my son, Quenton. Quenton was Donnelle’s big brother in the Big Brother Mentoring Program. I also remember attending school programs with Ramona when Ray and Semiyah were in elementary school. I will never have a doubt in my mind that she truly loved her family. It is my prayer that the love of God will be your strength, comfort and peace in the days ahead. May God bless all of you! With sincerity and Christian love,
    Josephine Linyear

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    Ray L Edwards jr says

    Words can’t express my feeling or what I have to say ma. My love for you is infinite. You will continue to live threw your kids and grandkids you left your mark well.. and we will continue to be strong in your likeness..Love you and rest well

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    Kyle Edwards says

    My sincere condolences to Ray Jr (Man), Reggie, Michelle and Donnel. I’m going to really miss you Aunt Ramona.You had such a BIG HEART and would always call and or text to check on me and the family. You were always asking if we needed anything and I will always remember that. Your cooking was one of the best and me and Ray Jr (Man) were always going back for seconds and thirds especially during the holidays when you showcased your cooking skills! Your home was always a safe haven. Man and I always reminisce and laugh about the days of he and I hanging out to the wee hours of the morning and you fussing at us when we’d wake up in the morning on your couch! I am truly going to miss your snippy comebacks which always made me laugh, and your motherly concern for my well-being as well and the love you always showed me and of course your cooking!! I love you and will miss you (Aunt Romona)!

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    Maurice Roebuck says

    First and Foremost, to the family of my good friend, Romona. I was shocked and truly sorry when Michelle called to let me know of the passing of her mommy. My prayers of comfort and peace to the entire family. May you always remember she loved you all with a heart that was overflowing. Everything she did was for all of you.

    Now, Romona, I know you’re close by so I want to remind you of the love we shared as friends at James Monroe Elementary School. We were called the Three Musketeers – “Ju, Day, and Buck” in the office. We shared so many great times. Work was never work when we did our jobs. Thank you “Day”. I’ll miss my friend.

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    Debra Trammell says

    I was shocked and saddened to hear that Mrs. Minns had passed. I will always remember her cheerful and joyous spirit. I am praying for peace and strength for everyone.

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    Rev. R. Mim Roberts Harvey says

    To the family of Romona Minns. Words cannot Express the heartfelt sympathy of the loss of your dear mother, grandmother, sister aunt, cousin and such a dear friend. We prayerfully submit a resolution from the St. Paul AME Church of Harrisburg Pennsylvania. Rev. R. Mim Roberts Harvey, pastor.
    Michelle thank you for reaching out and letting us know of her passing and her love for us. God Bless family

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    Lori “Tina” Freeman Scott says

    Romona there are so many things to remember you for; 29th Street loved your parties with the DJ. To this day I make your tuna casserole one of my favorite dishes you cooked. I am thankful we both had the opportunity to speak one last time while you were in the hospital and you were still true to yourself with those doctors as you would say “no doubt”. May God give the family Peace and Comfort during this time and all the fond memories to cherish.
    Love Tina Freeman Scott

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