Garna Lynne Holland (Ririe)|
October 12, 1937 - May 12, 2014
Garna Holland, wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away on Monday, May 12 due to complications from heart surgery.
Garna was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho to Eldon and Wilma Ririe, and was the younger of two children. She grew up in Ririe, Pocatello, and Idaho Falls, graduating from Idaho Falls High School in 1955. After her father died in 1940, her mother married H.L. Pettit while Garna was in high school. She attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and then worked as a secretary for several years at the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Salt Lake City, working closely with Adam S. Bennion, Marion D. Hanks, and Bruce R. McConkie.
She met Vard Holland on a blind date, and they were married a year later, on June 1, 1961 in Salt Lake City. After he graduated from BYU, they moved to Northern California, settling in Cupertino. She raised four children and worked in the Bay Area as an executive assistant for many years in various industries. They lived in Cupertino until Vard retired from NASA in 1993 and they moved to Salem, Oregon.
Garna was an award-winning quilter, and often taught her craft to others. She liked to joke that "She who dies with the most fabric wins"...and she definitely won! She served in various positions in her church, including the women's, young women's, and children's organizations. She loved doing her family history, attending her book club, and bragging about her grandchildren.
Garna is survived by her husband of 53 years, Vard, her children, Laura (Jim) Plant of Salem; Jeff (Diane) Holland of Granite Bay, California; Mark (Ann) Holland of Los Gatos, California; and Karla Holland of Wilsonville, Oregon; and seven grandchildren. She is also survived by two step brothers, Ed (Jeannene) and Dick (Betty) Pettit, and seven nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by one daughter, Jill, and her brother, Eldon Ririe.
A funeral service is scheduled for 11 am on Saturday, May 31 at the Keizer LDS Stake Center, 1375 Lockhaven Dr., Keizer, Oregon. Arrangements by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.
Published in StatesmanJournal on May 25, 2014