Holly J. Smith Vaow

Jan. 6, 2013

Mrs. Holly J. Smith Vaow, age 64, of 2321 Storey Lake Road, Laceyville, passed away at the Regional Hospital of Scranton, early Sunday morning, Jan. 6, 2013.

Holly was born in Meshoppen, on Nov. 1,1948, the daughter of the late Burton Lewis and Harriet Mae Storey Smith. Growing up around the Meshoppen area, Holly was a graduate of the Elk Lake High School, and also received her cosmetologist degree from the Susquehanna Co. Vo-Tech.

On July 21, 1967, Holly married Robert (Bob) Charles Vaow; they were married for 44 years until his sudden death on Jan. 25, 2012. For many years, Holly and Bob lived at their home just above Storey Lake, in Meshoppen Township, Wyoming County.

As a licensed cosmetologist, Holly enjoyed cutting and styling the hair of most of the members of her family as they got ready for most of the families weddings, and her nieces school dances and proms. Throughout the last few years, she worked with her husband and her sons at the Soaring Gardens (Artist Retreat) in Transue, Pa., where she enjoyed painting, wallpapering and a lot of other repairs. Holly was also a great seamstress, doing custom sewing of curtains and clothing. She was employed for many years at the Fashion Bug, in Tunkhannock, and for more than 15 years, Holly was employed at the Wal-Mart in Tunkhannock, retiring in 2011.

In her spare time, she enjoyed sewing, knitting, painting, ceramics and shopping, especially shoe shopping. She also loved being with her family, especially being surrounded by her grandchildren.

Preceding her in death, besides her husband and parents, was a brother, Lewis Stephen Smith, who passed away on Aug. 9, 2012.

Surviving are her children, Hilary Poepperling and Jason Fluke of Harrisburg; Charles Robert Vaow of Laceyville and Burton Francis Vaow and LeaAnne Marshall, of Meshoppen; her granddaughters, Ashley Sarnosky of Clarks Summit; Jenna Vaow and Jillian Capwell, both of Mehoopany, and Kyleigh Marshall of Meshoppen; and her great-grandchildren, Meleena and Masyn, both of Clarks Summit; her brothers, Burton Robert (Kathy) Smith of South Auburn; Samuel Joseph (MaryLou) Smith of Meshoppen; and her sisters, Sharon Thorpe of Camp Hill; Lorie Anderson of Laceyville; Lana (Sidney) Davies of Meshoppen.; and her sister in law, Susanne Smith, of Meshoppen, and her extended family of Jack and Betty Lou Vaow, of Meshoppen; Dora and Raymond Oliver, of Hallstead; and Fae Byers, of York, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main Street, Meshoppen, with the Rev. Gary Myers of the Meshoppen Biblical Baptist Church officiating. Interment will be in the Sunnyside Cemetery, Tunkhannock. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m..

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations to the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, Clarks Summit, PA 18411, an animal shelter that is direct need of funding and is in danger of closing.

Published in Times Leader on Jan. 8, 2013