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Old Lyme - Taffy K. (McCulloch) Holland, 84, died on Dec. 18, 2010, after an eight month illness.

She was born May 22, 1926, in New York City, the daughter of Warren S. McCulloch and Rook "Ruth" (Metzger) McCulloch.

She is survived by her son, Nicholas Holland and his wife, Debe, of Winchester, Mass.; daughter, Anna Holland of Old Lyme; brothers, David McCulloch and George Duncan of Old Lyme; sister, Mary Jean Vasiloff of Old Lyme; grandchildren, Lily, Sam, Wes, Aliya, and Mayana Holland; nieces, Katherine De Los Santos and Katherine Holland; and nephews, Matthew McCulloch, Paul McCulloch, Robb McCulloch, Christ Vasiloff, and Lars Holland.

She was predeceased by her son, Stephen Holland and her nephew, Anthony Vasiloff.

Taffy grew up primarily in Old Lyme, but spent summers in Sparta, N.J., and her high school years in Hinsdale, Ill. and New York City. She graduated from Tufts University and did graduate work at Columbia University. After college, she married Alfred C. Holland and resided for many years in Lincoln, Mass. where she raised her three children. Taffy co-founded a child care center before beginning a career working for a variety of emerging industries including medical research and computer automated design. She retired while working as a contract technical writer for Pfizer in Groton.

Taffy was an ardent reader, walker, dog lover, gardener, and artist. After retirement, she took sculpture classes at the Lyme Arts Academy and became friends with many of her fellow students. She was a great supporter of open spaces in Old Lyme and was a current member of the Old Lyme Conservation Commission. Above all, Taffy will be remembered for her endless capacity for friendship and love.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Contributions in her memory may be made to Heifer International, 1 World Ave., Little Rock AR 72202 or at www.heifer.org

Published in The Day on Jan. 2, 2011
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