Moline, Ill., residents begin Peace Corps service in Georgia


Mary and Michael Hollis of Moline, Ill., have been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Georgia April 21 to begin training as education volunteers. The Hollises will make a difference teaching English in their local community.

“God has blessed our lives, giving us both a love for travel and the opportunity to travel around the world,” Mary said. “In our retirement years, we want to give back. We feel being a part of Peace Corps will allow us to do that.”

The Hollises have four children. Mary graduated from Marycrest College in Davenport, Iowa, in 1981. She earned her master’s in education from Marycrest International University in Davenport in 1996. She retired in 2010 as a management technician from Edgewood Chemical Biological Center at Rock Island Arsenal, in Rock Island, Ill.

Michael, born in Kewanee, Ill., is an Army veteran who served more than a year in Korea. He started at Black Hawk College in Moline, Ill., through the GI Bill in 1967 and earned his Associate of Applied Science degree in 1972. He retired from John Deere in 2009 after 42 years of service. Continue reading “Moline, Ill., residents begin Peace Corps service in Georgia”