Melba Louise Hollar
July 19, 1940 – July 7, 2020
Our dear Lord has called Melba Louise Hollar home on July 7th, 2020. When she learned she had lung cancer, the doctors had repeatedly told her she will die very soon; knowing in her heart and soul she will be called home when God is ready for her and not a minute sooner. She fought courageously with her head held high for 10 months, rarely complaining, but knowing God was fully in charge.
Melba was born in Caddo County, Anadarko, OK, on July 19th 1940, to Lloyd Dearing Pace and Edna Lee Rader who worked as migrant field workers throughout the Southern USA, California and even up into Washington. Melba was the second born of 7 brothers and sisters, of whom the two youngest are still living; Willy Pace, and Eldon Pace. A car accident during her early work life left Melba with a broken back and after healing she resigned to be the caretaker of all the younger siblings and cooked and cleaned for the family while the others worked in the fields in order to make ends meet. When along came her husband, a sailor, who preceded her in death, Paul Frederick Hollar was said to have hitch hiked all the way from El Centro, California to court her. They were married in Farmersville on July 1, 1958 during leave from the Navy. The couple lived near the Naval base where he was stationed, until her eldest child was born, on January 26, 1961, Paul Raymond Hollar, who also preceded her in death in 2016. The couple lived in North Carolina for a short time until eventually settling in Visalia, California to make a home. Soon she had a second child, Rebecca Ann Hollar, born July 3, 1962 who misses her parents and brother dearly.
In the mid 1970's the family moved into the country and lived on a small farm where they raised numerous chickens, cows, sheep, ducks and they even had a horse they cared for. Blessed with numerous fruit trees and bountiful gardens, it seemed their mutual hobbies were gardening and canning food, selling eggs, and living "off the land" for awhile. When her husband suffered an injury and became disabled, Melba went back to work, initially at a local hamburger stand and eventually working for Kaweah Delta District Hospital as a Central Supply Sterile Processing Clerk. When the children grew up and moved away, Paul and Melba moved back to North Carolina, where they cared for Paul's elderly father. There Melba went back to school and received her GED, for which she was very proud, and eventually got a job at Iredell Memorial Hospital, again in Central Supply Sterile Processing.
Melba loved her family and friends very much; limitlessly devoted to serving others, without hesitation. Eventually her eldest son was married to Deodata Teixeira and they had 3 sons, Christopher T. Hollar, Daniel T. Hollar and Michael T. Hollar, all of whom miss their Grandmother very much. In her final days, one thing that was sure to bring a smile to her face was seeing her grandchildren's faces.
One devoted friend, while comforting her daughter said, "She is in Heaven now, with her husband and her son, and God has given her a job. We don't know what job it is, but she will have one." Her daughter replied, lovingly, "Oh, if God puts her in charge of all the babies who have died prematurely, she will literally, be IN Heaven!" Melba was known for adoring babies and children and doted on every one of her young friend's children, as if they were also her very own.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to all the friends and relatives who offered never ending support and love through this difficult time, and to all the devoted healthcare workers and first responders who put themselves at risk to care for the people in need. We thank you.
Private Graveside Service
Melba Louise Hollar
August 3, 2020
Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. I’m saddened by Melba’s passing. We were the first, of several dozen, Rader Family Cousins. I have many delightful memories of childhood play with Melba and her siblings. We especially enjoyed a game of Tickle Torture! You might guess that she simply dissolved into giggles at the very thought.
July 21, 2020
Oh Melba, this is tough... Thank you. I can’t thank you enough. I’m so sorry that we weren’t able to spend more time with you. You helped to care for Roxanne and Little Robert when we lived in Hanford and you became part of our family.
I remember you always smiled and always offered to do something for us even though we didn’t know each other at first. I can picture you holding Molly and always smiling at me. I also remember Little Robert being so comfortable around you and him holding on to your leg. I remember how happy you got when I set up your Nintendo so you could play Dr. Mario.... you were so excited!
Anyways, When I think of all the people I got to know in valley, you are the only one that I could really trust and rely on. I feel I was a very lucky man to have you in my family and in my life.
Thank you again Melba. You will be missed and never forgotten.
July 19, 2020
Melba became a part of my family around August of 2004 when she started babysitting my second child. We were neighbors and it was the ideal situation, 14 months later Tyler came along and she was watching him also. Melba was like a second grandmother to my children, she just loved them like her own (and spoiled them rotten) and I’ll be forever grateful for that! Throughout the years she attended birthday parties, weddings, graduations parties, Christmas celebrations and many other family gatherings.
I know she is pain free and with loved ones, that makes my heart happy.
You were a part of our family Melba and will be dearly missed.
July 19, 2020
We were neighbors in a newly built home
community. Melba was fairly a recent widow and we were a military family on orders living in Hanford.
Melba became instant family. I would cook her meals and she would babysit for my son when I needed her. We had a loving bond and she became a mother figure to me, as well as an amazing friend.
She was so young at heart and had a cute giggle when she laughed. She shared a lot of the same interests as me, and we would go to garden shows, do crafts, shop, bake and eat, and have fun doing girly stuff together.
She introduced me to her family and I connected with Becky like a sister. Melba’s grandsons were so young and it was fun watching them grow up to become the great men they are today. The loss of her son Ray was a devastation, and luckily Melba had the love of her family and Ray’s beautiful wife, Deedee, to pull her through.
Melba had a love for life, and because she was so young at heart, she didn’t let her cancer diagnosis dictate her. She fought like no other. There were things she still wanted to do and I’m sad this was taken away from her.
I will be forever at a loss without her. I loved her so much. I do, however, feel comfort knowing I still have Becky and the rest of her family to love and keep her memory alive.
Happy heavenly 80th birthday
I love you
July 17, 2020
I remember many great memories with my Grandma. We are blessed to have shared her love.
I will very much miss seeing her for Thanksgiving, as we would all gather around the table and list the things we were most grateful for, which was usually having each other.
Thank you Grandma for your Love. I miss and love you very much. I will continue to be grateful for having known you and will cherish your memory dearly.
July 17, 2020
I grew up with Rebecca Melba’s daughter. I have fond memories of her as a child. She served as room mother and brought goodies for holidays. Later in life I had the pleasure of meeting her and sharing memories when she came to Beltone for services. It was so fun to have a walk down memory lane with her. My deepest sympathy to Rebecca during this difficult time. Melba I know your hearing is 100% now as you listen to the angels harp in heaven.
July 15, 2020
My lovely Aunt Melba had the best hugs ever when I was little, my oldest child shares her middle name. At the house they shared with Grandpa Hollar in Statesville I would stand and look in the hutch at a old fake cigarette that looked like it was lite all the time , I asked Melba why it was allways lite did my mom and dad (who smoked of course) come by and take a drag from it to keep it that way, she just laughed , hug me and say don’t you worry she’d put it out at night. It took me years before she told me the truth... So much love wrapped up in a beautiful soul, love forever The Keenan Family
July 15, 2020
When Aunt Melba would visit NC she would always fix her enchiladas for us. Back then there were no Mexican restaurants around here and we never had enchiladas unless Aunt Melba was home. Since then, and after she moved back to California, I have learned to make a pretty mean enchilada from scratch! Always wanted Aunt Melba to check them out.... Love and miss you!!
July 15, 2020
Aunt Melba loved to come to our lake house in NC. She enjoyed the boat rides no matter how bumpy or crazy I would make it. We had a special floating chair for her to float in the cove when the family all gathered. After a bit of coaxing we would rope her into playing our wild games of Pictionary and Wahoo!
I remember her making big dishes of enchiladas. We would ask her to make them quite often. The last time we had enchiladas my Uncle Paul actually made them. Everybody scooped up a serving except my Uncle. He didn't like them but made them for us. It was a little suspicious not eating his own cooking!
I'll miss her smile and infectious giggle. She was gentle caring for my Grandpa and feisty when my Uncle teased her.
My thoughts and prayers are with you Becky.
July 15, 2020
Aunt Melba was my Pictionary Buddy when The Family gathered around the table at Mom and Dad's place on Lake Norman ... she and I made a good team, just not as fast as Candy and Stevie ... I remember how we loved when Melba made her homemade enchiladas, tacos and tamales ... I remember Melba's giggle and how she would get spicy with Uncle Paul when he got a bit too bossy ... her heart was soooo big with love and generosity, but she didn't put up with nonsense ... Becky, my heart goes out to you at this time of a loss ... your Mother was precious to so many ... she gave you roots, and she gave you wings ... I'd like to think she is keeping a loving and watchful eye on you and your entire family ... She was a great lady! Hugs!
July 15, 2020
It does not seem real writing about Melba and her Memorial.
Melba had such a positive outlook, even after the Doctors told her that the cancer was not curable. She was determined
to fight with all she had, and told me, it will be God, and not the doctors that will make the final prognosis.
Melba was always busy , watching kids, cooking, baking, making jewelry, helping out in church, or doing yard work.
Occasionally we go out for lunch. Her favorites was Ponda Express or Mexican food. Our last lunch was on March 10th,
just before the virus lock-down.
She was laughing about something, very upbeat, and hopeful.
I will miss my friend and neighbor, but find it comforting knowing, she is home; home with Jesus, her husband, her son, the rest of her family and friends. One of our favored songs was " What a day that will be, when my Jesus I shall see, when he holds me by my hand, and walks me true the promised land".... I can only imagine...
July 14, 2020
I will miss my Aunt Melba, she always made me laugh and so happy. Aways had encouraging words. I love you and tell all the family up there Hello, Until We meet again ❤
July 14, 2020
We basically all grew up together. We were one big family. didn't matter if we had different parents we all grew up together and all did the same things all enjoy life together it was fun knowing her and I'm glad we know her and she met our lives richer.
July 14, 2020
I have fond memories of Aunt Melba when I was little. Most of them include her screaming and running from our crazy family members who were always teasing or acting like they had a bug or a critter they were going to put on her. She was always smiling. Also used to go say hi to her when I worked at the hospital. You are missed very much but I’m glad you’re not in pain anymore. You are with so many loved ones already gone now.
July 9, 2020
To be absent from this world but present with the Lord is a privilege she so deserved. I believe heaven gained an angel the day Ma Melba went home. She was always Ma Melba to us and I so appreciated that she was really a Ma to Jana and Levi. Levi's favorite memory is the day we took the train to Hanford and ma Melba met us at the station. We treated her to lunch and of course we had to have dessert from Superior Dairy. Jana's favorite memory is her laughter and the day we sat in her living room watching game shows. I'll always remember her joyful smile the day I took Alayah to visit with her. She sat with that baby and enjoyed baby talk and just holding her. My recent time with her was sweet, where I just sat and held her hand and rubbed some lotion on her hands and arms, while listening to hymns. We will always have fond memories of you Ma Melba. Rest in Peace and know that we love you and thank God for our time with you, this side of heaven. Rebecca, we love you❤
July 9, 2020
Melba loved the “little ones” and they loved her back. I know because Melba babysat my grandson when he was a baby. After a time, he didn’t want to go home at the end of the day when his mommy came to pick him up. He would cry because he wanted to stay with Melba as she loved and cared for him in such a precious manner. Melba even made his birthday cakes which were made with love.
She was a neighbor to my daughter and they became very good friends. Melba became a part of the family and was usually at all the family gatherings.
Melba was a caring, loving lady and will be greatly missed .
Rest In Peace as you are with your loved ones.