Holly Ann Holderby

August 14, 1951April 30, 2018
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Holly Ann Holderby (nee Lane) passed away on April 30, 2018 after a brief illness. Over the last days of her life she was surrounded by her loving family and several long time friends. Beloved mother, wife, sister, aunt and friend, Holly was born August 14, 1951 in Santa Monica, California to Ted and Shirley Lane. Holly spent most of her life in Novato, graduating from Novato High School in 1969. Shortly after graduating, she met her future husband Emmett Rhodell Holderby with whom she has spent the last 48 years as his loving wife.

After marrying Emmett they moved to Utah where Emmett went to College. Later, while Emmett was in the Army, they were stationed at Fort Lewis in Washington state and Camp Darby in Livorno, Italy where they were blessed by their first child, Dorian. When they returned to Novato, they were again blessed by the birth of their second child, Annie.

Holly came from a large Italian family that she dearly loved. Holidays and family get-togethers at her house were always filled with lots of food, family, friends and laughter. She was the strength of the family and they adored her. Holly was a loving and dear friend to many, always willing to help out when needed whether it was providing dinner for a mourning family or being a patient listener to a friend needing guidance. She always gave good advice. Over the years Holly worked at a number of places including Ross General Hospital, and most recently at the Trumbull Manor. Most, however, will remember her working at Holderby’s Pet Shop in Novato where she often worked with Emmett and his father Rhodell.

Holly was a woman of great faith, volunteering at Our Lady of Loretto Church and teaching catechism there. She loved sharing her faith with children and they loved her for it. As a two-time breast cancer survivor, Holly also volunteered for the Relay for Life. She loved music and dancing, sharing meals with friends and caring for her grandchildren who were the greatest joy of her life. Holly truly had a heart of gold and she will be dearly missed by all those who loved her.

Proceeded in death by her parents, Holly is survived by her loving husband, Emmett; her son Dorian Rhodell Holderby and his wife Ursula; her daughter Annie Lane Mason and her husband Bill Mason; her grandchildren Addison and Liam Mason and Kara Holderby; her brother Tom Lane; her sister Louann Haggerty (nee Lane) and her husband John Haggerty; her brother John Lane and his wife Cindy; and her sister Gina Lane and her partner Sharon Heilman. Holly is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

A Rosary service will be held on Thursday, May 17th at 6:00pm at Keaton’s Redwood Chapel of Marin in Novato. A funeral Mass will be said on Friday, May 18th at 11:00am at Our Lady of Loretto Church in Novato with a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial donations be made to Catholic Charities.


  • Vigil Thursday, May 17, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Friday, May 18, 2018

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Mary Lavilla

May 22, 2018

Oh Holly, I wish I knew what to say. Though we only knew each other in the capacity of the bank, I wasn't prepared for how hard your passing has affected me. You are and were such a light - so vibrant, so funny, and always understanding. I always looked forward to seeing your face in line, and I always appreciated your kindness. Thank you for being who you are - the world is lesser for your loss.

Donna Wilson

May 14, 2018

A beautiful person. A heart of gold. I will never forget the compassionate words and loving thoughts that she filled my heart with in the days and months following my son’s death. I will miss her and try to pay her kindness forward.