Astrid Elisabeth Holland, a Roswell resident for 60 years, passed away in Lowell, Mich., on Jan. 10, 2013. She was born on July 30, 1916, in Belmont, Mass. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Raymond Prunty Holland Jr.; her parents Sanfrid and Anna Elisabeth Johnson, originally of Ulriceham, Sweden; her sister Ingrid Hepler, of Green Valley, Ariz.; and her brother Edward Johnson, who passed away at the age of 4.
She is survived by her brother Stanley T. Johnson, of Asheville, N.C.; her daughters, Nancy Holland, of Roswell, Sally Hudson and her husband Jack Hudson, of Lowell, and Linda Nelson and her husband Stephen Ray Nelson, who live in north Texas. Other family she leaves behind are her granddaughter Sandra Birmingham, of Lowell, her husband Dr. James Birmingham, and grandson Dr. Daniel Hudson, of Waterford, Vt., and his wife Julia Hudson. She was beloved by her great-grandchildren, Rebekah, Christina, Elijah, Isaiah and Jude Birmingham, and Grace, Danny, Timmy and Salina Hudson.
Astrid attended the First Presbyterian Church in Roswell, where she initiated the church’s kindergarten program in the 1960s. She wrote numerous plays and original compositions that were performed by her kindergarten students in the church’s fellowship hall through 1974. She also taught kindergarten at Child Garden Kindergarten in the 1950s and at the Episcopal Church kindergarten in the early 1960s.
In addition to her church activities, Astrid was active in the community for many years in organizations including PEO and the PTA. She also served as secretary/treasurer for the Holland Corp. She was a gifted artist and enjoyed painting realistic New Mexico landscapes.
During her high school years, she was captain of the Newton Center girls’ basketball team and a member of the drama club, where she performed in several plays. She attended Miss Pierce’s Secretarial School in Boston, before marrying Ray Holland on Dec. 31, 1937. After marrying, they lived in Nashville, Tenn., and North Hollywood, Calif., before moving to Roswell in 1946.
She will be forever remembered in our hearts as a loving wife, a devoted and caring mother, and a proud grandmother and great-grandmother. She lived a faithful Christian life and shared her love and wisdom with all.
A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, followed by a reception at the church.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.