Born in Meshoppen on Nov. 1, 1948, she was 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, and they were married for 44 years until his sudden death on Jan. 25, 2012. For many years they lived at their home just above Storey Lake, in Meshoppen Twp., Wyoming Co.
Being a licensed cosmetologist, Holly enjoyed cutting and styling the hair of most of the members of her family, getting 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, where she enjoyed painting, wallpapering and a lot of other repairs. She 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 over 15 years was employed at the Walmart 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; granddaughters, Ashley Sarnosky of Clarks Summit, Jenna Vaow and Jillian Capwell, both of Mehoopany, and Kyleigh Marshall of Meshoppen; greatgrandchildren, Meleena and Masyn, both of Clarks Summit; brothers, Burton Robert (Kathy) Smith of South Auburn, Samuel Joseph (MaryLou) Smith of Meshoppen; sisters, Sharon Thorpe of Camp Hill, Lorie Anderson of Laceyville, Lana (Sidney) Davies of Meshoppen; 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 morning, Jan. 12 at 10 a.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, with Rev. Gary Myers of the Meshoppen Biblical Baptist Church officiating.
Interment will be in the Sunnyside Cemetery in Tunkhannock. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Friday evening, Jan. 11 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 Rd., Clarks Summit, PA 18411, an animal shelter that is in dire need of funding and is in danger of closing.