Obituary : Violet H. Holden
Violet "Vi" Hicks Holden died June 19 at The Henrietta Brewer House, her home for the last four years, attended by a loving and caring staff.
She was born to Ernest, and Laura (Chaulk) Hicks on November 1, 1923, in Carmanville, Newfoundland, and moved with her parents in 1940 to join her sisters in New York, N.Y., then to Teaneck, N.J., where she met Gifford M Holden Jr., a West Point graduate, class of 1945. He was a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. They married in 1951 and were stationed overseas and different state side assignments until their retirement in 1974. Her family moved to Martha's Vineyard in 1950. After Vineyard vacations with her parents, they bought the Dr. Watkins home on Lagoon Road in Oak Bluffs in 1952 and retired there in 1974. She attended New York schools and The Dayton Institute of Art. Her profession was textile and rug designing. Flowers were her favorite subject.
She was predeceased by her husband, her parents, and her sister, Asenath H. Crowley. She is survived by her sister Marie H. Edgar; her nephews, R. Scott (Anna) Edgar of Red Hook, N.Y., Donald B. (Jill) Edgar of Oak Bluffs, and Stephen B. (Mary) Kessler of Princeton. She is also survived by her brother-in-law, Kenneth J. (Shirley) Holden, and their children Kathy and Kenney of Batavia, Ill.; and grandnieces, grandnephews, and cousins in the U.S., Newfoundland, and Ontario, Canada.
Her graveside service was held in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Oak Bluffs on Monday, June 22, at 2 pm, officiated by the Rev. Roger Spinney. Donations may be made in her memory to the charity of one's choice.
Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole, and Gleason Funeral Home on Edgartown Road in Oak Bluffs. Please visit ccgfuneralhome.com for online guest book and information.