Holly Keilani Andersen
December 15, 1960 – May 16, 2018
Holly K Andersen, age 57, passed away on Wednesday, 16 May 2018, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane Valley, WA. She was born 15 December 1960 in Hawaii to William and Shirley Andrews of Bonifay, Florida. Holly was married to Dean Andersen and they lived on a farmstead by Creston, WA. She was a 24 year Navy veteran who served as a Cryptologic Technician (CTR) and honorably served through many Navy campaigns and operations. Her awards include two Navy Commendation Medals, one Navy Achievement Medal, six Good Conduct Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, one Gulf War on Terrorism (GWOT) Expeditionary Medal, and one Gulf War on Terrorism Service Medal, one Humanitarian Service Medal and multiple campaign ribbons. After her Navy retirement Holly worked at the Grand Coulee Dam where she was admired and respected by all. Holly truly lived life to the fullest and enjoyed chatting with family and friends, quilting, spending time with family especially her children/grandchildren, and riding her Harley Davidson motorcycle. Holly was a free spirit with a big heart of gold. Holly had an uncanny ability to reach people in a compassionate and positive way, always with a smile on her face. She was survived by her husband Dean (Creston, WA), mother Shirley (Bonifay, FL), brother William (Perry, GA), brother Danny (Raleigh, NC), brother Tommy (Denver, NC), sister Cathy (Rocky Mount, NC), sons Jonathan and Andrew, daughter Josea, step son Matthew, step daughter Mellissa, and grandchildren Terrel, Tristan, Rhett and Gabrial. She was preceded in death by her father William Andrews. Family and friends whose lives that Holly touched were invited to her celebration of life on 19 May 2018.
Holly Keilani Andersen
May 23, 2018
Hello my name is Theresa, I met Holly through her son Jonathan. Although I did not know her well or for very long she was the type of person that could touch your heart immediately. Jonathan would often speak of his mother with such admiration before I met her, after meeting her I could totally understand why. She could walk into a room and touch the hearts of everyone she came into contact with, including myself. I am truly honored to have been able to get to know her. The world lost a wonderful mother, wife, sister, friend and grandmother but the heavens gained an angel. A Harley riding ANGEL! My condolences go out to everyone whos heart she touched. She will be greatly missed.
May 22, 2018
My name is Matthew Andersen im Holly's step son. She may not have gave me life but that is not all that makes a mother. She was there for me through my greatest and worst moments.My first day of highschool. I drove her in my first car. She taught me how to wear a tux.She saw me play my final football game. She saw me graduate highschool. She saw me after my first break up. She saw me fall in love. She saw me get married. She saw the happiest day of my life when me and my wife brought our son into the world , her second grandson. She drove behind us in the car taking him home for the first time. She stayed up all night so we could sleep. She was there for every big moment in my life. Although she is no longer here I know a piece of her will always be in my heart smiling at everything I have left to do and saying all the things I need to hear when I mess up. No its not blood that makes a mom a mother. She was there, loving me unconditionally. Guiding me and helping mold everything I am today. There every step of the way. Thats a mother. Im so greatful my dad met you Holly. And gave me a mother when I needed it the most. This text box can not begin to explain how much you mean to me. Mom I love you.