Hollis's house was eventually purchased by Mitch Albom, a columnist for the Detroit Free Press, for $100, the newspaper said. His charity, S.A.Y. Detroit, renovated it -- volunteers even building a wheelchair ramp -- but Hollis never lived there full-time again.
While she lived with a friend, Pollian Cheeks, she frequently visited her old house, her granddaughter, Deborah Hollis-Coburn said. She died at Cheeks' home on New Year's Eve.
Hollis was born in Alabama and moved to Detroit with her husband Ira. She was a longtime member of St. Philip's Lutheran Church, where she taught Sunday school for 70 years, Hollis-Coburn said.
"I remember whenever I came to visit her, I'd always have to be there before Sunday morning because we'd have to go to church," Hollis-Coburn told the Detroit News. "She would get all of us up at the crack of dawn to eat a breakfast she had made for us. And it was a very full breakfast. I can still smell the sausage and grits coming from the kitchen."
Hollis is survived by one of her three sons, Warren, 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson.