Harriette D. Holway, a former dietitian who was an active member of Catonsville Presbyterian Church, died Dec. 15 of cancer at the Charlestown Retirement Community.

She was 85.

The daughter of a grocer and an educator, Harriette Dean was born and raised in Trafford, Pa.

After graduating in 1944 from Trafford High School, she earned a bachelor's degree in 1948 in dietetics from Lake Erie College in Painsville, Ohio.

While completing her dietetic internship at Grasslands Hospital in Valhalla, N.Y., she met her future husband through her supervisor.

Mrs. Holway worked at Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh and then at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa., before her marriage in 1953 to James M. Holway, a Westinghouse Electric Corp. defense engineer.

After her marriage, the couple moved to Baltimore and later lived in Elkridge and Ellicott City.

Mr. Holway died in 1999.

For the last decade, she had lived at the Catonsville retirement community.

Mrs. Holway had been a member, elder, deacon and trustee of Catonsville Presbyterian Church. She also had been on the board of managers for the Presbyterian Home of Maryland in Towson.

Mrs. Holway had volunteered at a local soup kitchen and with Meals On Wheels of Central Maryland for more than 25 years.

A Republican, she also had been an active member of Howard County Republican Women and had been a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

She enjoyed traveling and participating in the Elderhostel program.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 18 at her church, 1400 Frederick Road.

Surviving are a son, James M. Holway of Phoenix, Ariz.; a daughter, Karen P. Holway of New Park, Pa.; and a grandson.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com