Holly Gant Jones

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Born in Richmond Hills, NY on May 28, 1961

Departed on April 30, 2021 and resided in Yonkers, NY

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Holly Elisabeth Gant was born on May 28, 1961 to Edward Mouzon Gant (Advertising Executive, Writer & Emmy Award nominee) and Jean Garnet (Holly) Gant (Educator & Personnel Executive).  She spent her early childhood in an extended household in Richmond Hill, New York.  Her maternal grandparents, William Garnet Holly, aka, Grandpa Bucky (Chemical Engineer) and Grayce (Arnold) Holly (Educator, Author, Poet & Homemaker) lived on the first floor.  Holly, her parents and her late brother Christopher Edward Gant, who predeceased her in 1976, one month before his graduation from high school, lived on the second floor.  Her great grandmother, Anna (McKinney) Carty Holly (Educator) and maternal aunt, Ellen Virginia Holly (Acclaimed Actress & Author), lived on the top floor.  She and Chris attended P.S. 51 across the street from their home on 118th Street and always felt extremely privileged to have lived in a loving, extended, multi-generational household.

At the age of 8, Holly moved with her parents and brother to White Plains (Greenburgh), New York.  There she attended the Greenburgh Central School District public schools, graduating from Woodlands High School in 1979.  She began her college studies in the Fall of 1980 at Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland.  At the beginning of her junior year, she transferred to Howard University, Washington, D.C., where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology (1984) and her Master of Education degree in Counseling Psychology (1986).

In 1986, Holly began her career in education as a College Administrator at Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, New York, first as a Counselor and Associate Professor.  In 1990, she was promoted to the position of Assistant Director for Opportunity Programs.  During this time she continued her graduate studies, earning an additional 33 graduate credits above her Master’s to become credentialed as a permanently certified New York State School Counselor.  She also received certification in the States of Virginia, South Carolina and in the District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.).  In 1997, Holly left Mercy College to become a high school Guidance Counselor, spending the next three years working a summer, part-time and a two-year position in Dobbs Ferry, New Rochelle and Valhalla, New York, respectively. In 2000, she became a high school Guidance Counselor at Woodlands High School, Hartsdale, New York (her alma mater), where she has worked ever since.  During her career, she served for many years as a member of the Board of Governors for the Westchester Putnam College Conference Committee and as a member and Co-Chair, Executive Committee, for the White Plains/Greenburgh Branch NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) Education Committee. She also served as the Interim Secondary Vice President, and as an elected Building Representative for the Greenburgh Teachers’ Federation (GTF) union.           

In August, 1989, Holly married Xavier M. Jones, whom she met while attending Howard University.  From this union came her daughters, Alexa Holly, (B.A. 2015, Fine Arts major, Hampton University) and Ashley Elisabeth (B.A. 2019, Political Science major, Human Rights minor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice) who she described as, “. . . my most precious gifts from God” and added that becoming a mother, “ . . . is the best thing that I ever did”.

A collector of Ancient Egyptian artifacts, books and artwork, Holly possessed a great love of, and gift for writing.  Holly was blessed to be surrounded by a loving, supportive network including her fabulous daughters Alexa and Ashley, beautiful, cherished mother Jean (until her passing on January 13, 2021), her adored aunts (Ellen and Anne), cousins and friends.  Holly leaves behind family, friends and her beloved daughters to carry on her legacy of love, concern for others and the notion that everyone should always reach back to give a helping hand to those working to better themselves and their life circumstances.

Funeral services under the direction of Ballard-Durand Funeral & Cremation Services, 2 Maple Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601

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  1. Jill St John May 1, 2021 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    “I am saddened to hear that you are gone. May you be at peace in heaven. My deepest sympathy to your family. You will forever be in my heart.

    Love you,


  2. Manigeh Van Derveer May 2, 2021 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    My dear friend:
    You were a special friend and mother. I am deeply sorrowed by your unexpected passing. I remember all the fun times we had together when our children were little. I will never forget you and know that we will meet again some day.
    Love you Holly.
    Your friend,

  3. Debra Patterson May 2, 2021 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    I am truly sorry for your loss. I would like to offer you and your family my deepest and most sincere condolences . My condolences to you and your family on the passing of Holly. May our prayers ease you through this difficult time.

  4. Marguerite Sims May 2, 2021 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    Condolences to. Holly’s family and friends

  5. Gwen Cox May 2, 2021 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    My deepest condolences to the family of Holly Hant-Jones!🙏🏾❤🙏🏾

    • Diana Sainvil-Robinson May 8, 2021 at 8:49 am - Reply

      My condolences to the family of Holly Gant Jones. Ms. Jones was a wonderful guidance counselor and played a major role in my life in high school. I enjoyed our laughs together and hearing her advice on how to navigate through college and life. Without her recommendations to scholarships and colleges, I wouldn’t be the woman I am today. Alexa and Ashley your mother was amazing and had helped change so many lives including my. May her soul Rest In Peace.

  6. Sharon Martin May 2, 2021 at 10:43 pm - Reply

    My most sincere condolences to the family of Holly Gant Jones🙏🏾❤️

    • Iris Stewart May 3, 2021 at 8:50 pm - Reply

      My Dear Holly,
      It saddened me when I heard you past way.
      You were a beautiful person inside and out and such a good friend.

      May God Bless your soul.

      Love Iris

  7. Addie Robinson May 3, 2021 at 12:19 am - Reply

    My condolences to the family. May God comfort you in your time of need.

  8. James Bellamy May 3, 2021 at 2:27 am - Reply


  9. Anne Ungar May 3, 2021 at 6:30 am - Reply

    I am so saddened to learn of Holly’s passing. Our deepest condolences to your family. Holly was my daughter’s guidance counselor & gave and cared so deeply. We loved her! Our thoughts & prayers are with you all.
    Rest in eternal peace Mrs Gant-Jones 🙏🏻

  10. Jackie Peart May 3, 2021 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    I am so sorry to hear this. My condolences to the family. Praying for the family in their time of need.

  11. Ellen Peifer May 3, 2021 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    I am so sorry my thoughts and prayers are with her family I worked with her at Woodland for a long time and she was the best she will truly be missed there

  12. Susanna R Sharpe May 3, 2021 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    I knew Holly in junior high school and at Woodlands High, and I knew her dear older brother Chris. Both were my friends. I am deeply sorry to learn of Holly’s passing. I send condolences to all who love her.

  13. Victoria h May 3, 2021 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    My heartfelt condolences to Holly’s family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. This was my dance partner my my eating partner when we would have family get togethers. When the two of us got together people would shake their heads because nobody knew what was going to happen
    next . You will be missed my sister. Rest in peace my love ❤

  14. Donald STEWART May 3, 2021 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    As infants and adolescents we shared so many fun and memorable times when our families got together. As teenagers we continued to enjoy the family get togethers and supported each other during the difficult times of loss. As young adults we continued our closeness and even after marriage and children we were there when it counted and sometimes when it didn’t. 😊
    Always, our times together were full of joy, laughter and love. I will miss you so now that you have gone home. A lifetime of beautiful memories I hold dear and look upon them as true gifts.

    Love you,

    Donald Stewart

  15. Iris Stewart May 3, 2021 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    My Dear Holly,
    It saddened me when I heard you past way.
    You were a beautiful person inside and out and such a good friend.

    May God Bless your soul.

    Love Iris

    • Susan Sheppard May 5, 2021 at 7:35 pm - Reply

      I am so sorry to hear of your passing and my deepest sympathy goes out to Alexa and Ashley and your whole family.
      I have known you since Mercy where I witnessed first hand your dedication to your students. You always did your job with passion and class. When Alexa is as in my class you were caring, yet fierce, as a mom. The proof of your love is evident in both of your wonderful daughters.
      You are gone too soon. Rest In Peace and may warm and loving memories sustain all the loved ones you leave behind.

  16. John May 3, 2021 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    I am shocked and saddened. I worked with Holly for two years in the early 2000’s. I learned a lot from her. She was always the voice of reason – a team player who offered motherly advice quite often. My condoloences to the family and her co-workers in the GUID office.

  17. Raynell Webb May 4, 2021 at 12:18 am - Reply

    To the family, I’m so sorry to hear about Holly. Holly was an extraordinary friend, mentor, supervisor, who made me laugh. My world is better because of Holly. Holly trained me to the best HEOP Counselor that I could be. Man this is hard. Last month I tried to reach you Holly to let you know that our mentor Bill Lindsey had passed away. I didn’t know what you were going through at the time. Thank you for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime to work with you at Mercy College in COP as an HEOP Counselor. HEOP Works! ♥ I will never forget you.

  18. Barbara Jones Jones May 4, 2021 at 11:37 am - Reply

    To the Family of Holly, I am sorry to hear about the passing of Holly. She was one of the people who welcomed me when I joined the Mercy College COP staff back in 1994. After she left Mercy, she became my contact at Woodlands for our STEP program. My condolences to your family. Praying you will be comforted with precious memories and God’s presence to care for you in your loss. With Sympathy.

  19. Walter Zea May 4, 2021 at 11:53 am - Reply

    To the family. My deepest sympathies. Holly was a truly an extraordinary person and was admired and loved by everyone who knew her.
    Mercy College – COP – SSSP program.

  20. Walter Zea May 4, 2021 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    To the Family, I’m stunned by this news. I’m so very sorry for your loss. holly was a truly an extraordinary person and was admired and loved by everyone who knew her.
    Mercy College
    COP SSSP Program.

  21. Robert Rivas May 4, 2021 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    My sincerest condolences to the family of Holly. I will always remember laughing and working with Holly in our C. O. P offices at Mercy College. I know Holly touched the lives of so many students, as well as her colleagues.

  22. Teresa robinson May 4, 2021 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    My condolences to the family of Holy.

  23. Rose Cresten May 4, 2021 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    To the family of Holly, my heart hurt to know Holly is no longer with us. Holly was a wonderful person that was a mentor, roll model and great colleague at Mercy College C.O.P. I am going to miss my friend deeply. My sincerest condolences to her family.

    • Mary Flower May 4, 2021 at 5:09 pm - Reply

      I am saddened and stunned to hear of Holly’s passing. She truly was a wonderful person, friend and colleague. She was a mentor and a role model to many students and to me. I will always remember laughing with her in the COP office at Mercy College. I know that Holly has touched many lives, including mine, and I will truly miss her. My prayers are with her girls.

  24. Ines Faiella May 4, 2021 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    My sincerest condolences to Holly’s friends and family. Holly was an extraordinary person who touched the lives of so many people. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to work with her at Woodlands MSHS. I know she has a special place in Heaven and that she is watching over us. I will keep Holly, her friends and family in my prayers.

  25. Kelly L Flythe-Sands and Family May 4, 2021 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    We are deeply saddened and sending our sincere condolences to the family in Celebrating the life of Holly Elisabeth Gant Jones.

  26. Anita Gholston May 4, 2021 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    Please accept our sincere condolences and prayers for your peace and comfort. Miss Jones was a special part of our family’s experience at Woodlands. God bless everyone who loved her.
    The Gholston family

  27. Sharon Sargeant-Murray May 4, 2021 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    Holly it broke my heart to hear about your passing back in our childhood days till we were young adults we were inseparable when I think of you all I can do is think of all the good times we shared Angel Crew 4 ever to your Beautiful girls Alexa and Ashley my deepest heartfelt condolences

  28. MIRIAM BERNABEI May 4, 2021 at 11:42 pm - Reply

    I was so saddened to learn that Holly had passed away. My sincere condolences to her family.

  29. Sonja Brown May 5, 2021 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    My sistah gurl 4 Life ❤️ Thanks for always being such a great supporter, a great Guidance Councilor & Aunteee to my daughters, and a Great Friend. Love You

    • Sonja Brown May 5, 2021 at 12:09 pm - Reply

      My sistah gurl 4 Life ❤️ Thanks for always being such a great supporter, a great Guidance Counselor & Aunteee to my daughters, and a Great Friend. Love You ❤️

  30. Manny Santapau May 5, 2021 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    I am so saddened to hear about Holly’s passing. She a great colleague, friend and inspiration to all who knew her. She will be missed.

  31. Terri Jamison May 5, 2021 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    Condolences to the family, may God bring you comfort.

  32. Elvis Jimenez & Wanda Jimenez May 5, 2021 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    Wanda and I send our deepest condolences to Holly’s family. She was Wanda’s HEOP counselor and a great mentor to both of us. She gave the College Opportunity Program (COP) Department a sense of excellence while working a Mercy College and expected nothing less of her students. Thank you for the fond memories.

  33. Valerie Barbaro May 6, 2021 at 10:23 am - Reply

    I was deeply saddened to learn of Holly’s passing. My prayers and thoughts are with her children, family and aunt. She will be greatly missed. Although we might not always undestand why we are called home to our maker, God has a plan. God must have needed an Angel and called for Holly. One day she will all be reunited again with her family and friends. Rest in peace.

  34. Elizabeth Egan May 6, 2021 at 11:31 am - Reply

    Dear Alexis and Ashley,
    You are deeply loved and I am so very sorry for the loss you are experiencing. I know you are both made with strength and can call upon that. Sharing this poem of love with you.

    My Mother kept a garden.
    A garden of the heart;
    She planted all the good things,
    That gave my life it’s start.

    She turned me to the sunshine,
    And encouraged me to dream:
    Fostering and nurturing
    The seeds of self-esteem.

    And when the winds and rains came,
    She protected me enough;
    But not too much, she knew I’d need
    To stand up strong and tough.

    Her constant good example,
    Always taught me right from wrong;
    Markers for my pathway
    To last my whole life long.

    I am my Mother’s garden,
    I am her legacy.
    And I hope today she feels the love,
    Reflected back from me

    Much love to you both💜🙏

  35. Rhonda Gilbert-Matthews May 6, 2021 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    My deepest condolences to Holly’s loved ones. I met Holly on the first day of orientation at Morgan State and have considered her my sister since. On that day, after knowing her about 10 minutes, she explained to me the 3 things that I shouldn’t mess with if we were to be friends. I thought who is this girl, lol? She must be crazy but I just said, “Ok”. She was brilliant, brave, passionate, mouthy, purposeful, loyal, beautiful, a fighter and so much fun. She would defend you in a heartbeat, with words and deeds. We have had our ups and downs, as sisters do, but I have never felt like it was the end. And this isn’t the end. In a season where so many have lost loved ones, this one hurts so deep. Until we meet again.

  36. David Warner May 6, 2021 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    My condolences to Holly’s family.

  37. Jade Lee May 6, 2021 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    First, I wish my condolences to Holly’s children, husband and family. Holly was a loving and fun woman. She would tell it straight and keep it moving.We shared many laughs together and deep conversations. April has never been my favorite month, it was long ago I lost my mother while we all were in college. My mother said finish school, I did! I wemt back to school and was surrounded with love and support from my girls, Holly, Susan, Katrina, Mary, Janella, and Rhonda. Because of the love from all of you, I was able to move from retrospective April’s into warmer May’s! I will miss you Holly. Rest in Heavenly power!

  38. Katrina Little Shaw May 6, 2021 at 11:33 pm - Reply

    My deepest condolences to the family and friends. Holly and I met at Morgan State university. She was sweet and so real, enjoyable to be around. I had so many fun times and will cherish them all. My nickname at Morgan was Little-Bit and Holly was protective of me like a big Sister. I will always remember your beautiful smile and laughter. You brought so much joy to the crew- Friends and Sisters for Life: Holly, Jade, Rhonda, Susan, Mary and Jeanella. My heart is breaking but I will not say goodbye but see you later. Rest In Peace my beautiful friend until we see each other again on the other side. Much love. ❤️🕊

  39. Jemilia Davis May 7, 2021 at 7:09 am - Reply

    My deepest condolences to Holly’s family and friends…especially her daughters, Alexa and Ashley. Holly worked with my dad, Winston Harrison, at Mercy College and quickly became a household name. I remember her warm welcome whenever I’d visit my dad at work and also the care and concerns she shared when he passed. Her presence in our lives didn’t stop there as she and her family lived down the street from us and she came to work at our high school (Woodlands). It was surreal to have an opportunity to have someone who looked out for me at school who knew my dad…and to say that she did this for all 3 of his daughters doesn’t fall lightly on our hearts. Holly and Foy were a team to be reckoned with for us–helping us launch our success after high school with Holly often feeling like an extension of our late dad cheering us on. Holly extending the care and concern she did for my dad’s girls meant to the world when he passed…so we extend the same care, love, and concern back to you Alexa and Ashley especially. On behalf of the Harrison girls (Icilda, Jemilia, Ayesha, and Sahiyya) and the Davis Family (Bradley and Harrison), we extend our deepest gratitude for sharing your mom with us and send prayers for comfort and strength during this time.

  40. Theresa Robinson-Ewing May 7, 2021 at 11:12 am - Reply

    My deepest condolences for the Gant Jones family . May God comfort your daughters in this difficult time.

  41. Judith Ann Beville May 7, 2021 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    Holly Gant Jones…Brave, Bold, Brilliant, “Black and Beautiful!” She had the courage of her convictions, was a strong advocate for supporting students in achieving, recognized the unique challenges faced by African American youth and embraced the importance of HBCU’s. She was a dear person & friend.

  42. Gayle Williams May 7, 2021 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    Heartfelt condolences are extended to Holly’s family, especially Alexa and Ashley. Holly was a wonderfully caring guidance counselor who truly cared about where her students landed and treated each student with utmost love and concern. I am grateful that my children were able to experience Holly’s never-ending support and encouragement. May she rest well.

  43. Maria (Claps) Michelsson May 7, 2021 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    I am so sorry. to har of the loss of Holly. Although we did not work together for a long period of time, I enjoyed being a colleague of hers. My thoughts and prayer go out to the family.

  44. Lynn Collins May 8, 2021 at 7:58 am - Reply

    My condolences to the family of the late Holly Gant-Jones. May God comfort the hearts of her daughters and entire family.

  45. Brigitte Collins May 8, 2021 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    Miss you Holly…you are a beautiful soul. Condolences to Alexa and Ashley and the entire family.

  46. Lena Anderson May 9, 2021 at 12:23 am - Reply

    My deepest sympathy to the family with a special hug for Alexa and Ashley. Holly was my first Education Chairperson with Joe Foy as co-chair. Together they developed the Education Agenda for the White Plains/Greenburgh NAACP for which I am eternally grateful. Holly was a devoted counselor, co-worker and friend and I will always treasure her memory and loving kindness as she supported so many students and teachers. I will particularly remember our chats about Morgan and Howard and the struggles that made us stronger. Rest in peace.

  47. Rosalie Jackson May 9, 2021 at 8:01 am - Reply

    My deepest condolences and prayers to the entire family. Holly will be missed by all that knew her. When we first moved to White Plains Holly and her family were our neighbors. After we had our first born and we were searching to childcare Holly was first to recommend Ann and Andy. Not only our kids but our family and friends have used them in the past. Holly was always invested in our children’s education and made sure we were on target for their success. The Greenburgh school district, neighbors and friends will miss her greatly. Prayers are with you.

  48. Nydia Leaf May 12, 2021 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    My condolences to the family for their loss. Holly was a creative and giving person within her family and friends, and in her work. Our world is less generous and less gentle now that she is gone.

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