Vivian Ann Holler, 69, passed away Sunday, July 24, 2016, in St. Marys, GA, surrounded by her husband and children after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease.
Vivian was born Jan. 17, 1947, to Lt. Col. Thomas Albert Elliott and Gladys Nadine Elliott of Warner Robins. As the daughter of an Air Force pilot, Vivian had childhood experiences that extended from the midwest to Alaska and Spain where she graduated from Madrid-Torrejon High School in 1965. In later years, she became a founding member of her high school alumni association and took an active role in planning reunions around the country. In 1968, Vivian was crowned Miss Warner Robins and went on to compete in the Miss Georgia pageant.
Vivian graduated from Macon Hospital School of Nursing in 1970 and specialized in emergency room and infection control. Her favorite specialty, however, was always the emergency room. She later went on to earn a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in community health.
One night while enjoying dinner with her parents at the Robins AFB Officers’ Club, she met the love of her life, who became her husband of 45 years. On May 22, 1971, Vivian was joined in marriage to Capt. James W. Holler III. In October 1975, they welcomed their first child, a daughter, Tomi Ann. Two years later, again in October, a son, James William Holler IV, was born.
Vivian’s greatest delight in life was that of being a wife and mother. She took care of her family with boundless love, strength and grace. She was always there for each of them, waiting by the window for her husband to come home when the weather was bad, never missing a single sports event for either of her kids, staying up late to make sure everyone was home safely and making every holiday and birthday magical.
She was very active with Boy Scouts of America, serving as advancement chairman and as camp nurse, among her many other roles. She was known as “Mom” to countless kids throughout the years, offering support, a kind word or just someone to talk to. Even after her kids were grown, she continued to be “Mom” for the cadets of the Air Force JROTC at Greene County High School in Greensboro and Polytech High School in Dover, Del., where her husband was the JROTC senior instructor.
Vivian’s other passion was raising, training and showing her beloved German shepherds. She spent many years teaching obedience and showing in both the obedience and confirmation show rings. Her children and dogs were often the inspiration for her poetry and in 2005 she was published in a book of poetry called “Twilight Musings.” In 2003 her family grew when her daughter married Michael Scott Glenn and in 2005 she welcomed her first grandchild, Lucas Scott Glenn, and in 2007, the second, Logan Thomas Glenn.
Vivian was truly a remarkable woman who experienced and accomplished much in her life.
She is survived by her husband, Col. James W. Holler III; her son, Maj. James W. Holler IV; her daughter, Tomi A. Glenn; son-in-law, Michael Glenn; grandsons, Lucas and Logan; and her sister, Tomi Elane Roeske.
Celebration of life services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Fernandina Beach, Fla. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.