TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Judge Sadie Monts Holland died Tuesday evening, shortly before 6 p.m. at the North Mississippi Medical Center.
In a news release from her son, Steve Holland, he said his mother died after suffering a heart attack and stroke on Monday following a minor procedure.
Judge Holland was a longtime public figure and had a long list of firsts.
According to the news release, she was the first woman public school bus driver in Mississippi in 1960.
Holland assumed the office of mayor of Nettleton in the 1970s and later served almost two decades as the clerk of the Tupelo Municipal Court.
In 2005, she was elected the first female Justice Court judge in Lee County and served in that capacity for 16 consecutive years until her retirement on Dec. 31, 2019.
Holland and her son Steve together owned and operated Holland Funeral Directors on Cliff Gookin and in Okolona.
"She was fiercely intelligent, a workaholic by nature, and just one of the sincere, selfless souls I’ve ever known," her son said. "She had a long list of firsts and was the finest example of a Proverbs mother. We will miss her sorely as will a grateful community. Mom was simply unsurpassed in her faith, her commitment to her fellowman and to her family."
Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Holland Funeral Directors.