GAMBIER — Holly Catherine Kilmer found peace in Heaven after a courageous battle with cancer. From her childhood home of Gambier, Ohio, to her adopted home of Charlottesville, Va., Holly lived her life with vigor and enthusiasm from beginning to end.
Holly’s nursing career spanned three decades, starting as a paramedic in New Orleans, followed by attaining the rank of sergeant in the Army National Guard, then graduation from North Central Technical College in Mansfield with her RN degree. As a traveling nurse, she specialized in ER and ICU with assignments in bi-coastal U.S. locations, as well as U.K., Hawaii and U.S. Virgin Islands, where she became scuba certified. She traveled to Europe multiple times, visiting the Kilmer family’s ancestral castle, Schloss Weissenstein, near Dresden, Germany. After 10 years of traveling she spent another 10 years in University of Virginia ER, and then handled crisis calls for the Blue Ridge Poison Center from 2000 on.
Holly was an avid gardener pouring over her seed catalogs each spring and harvesting fruits, vegetables and flowers every year. Garden design was her forte and she continued the transplantation of family heirloom plants started by her mother. She loved to cook, particularly with homegrown ingredients. She designed, GC’d and decorated her blueridge foothills home. Holly was very close to her family, proud of its history and considered the family curator. Her dogs, Thor and Sadie, continue a long line of Great Danes in her life.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Gordon and Irene Kilmer. Loved ones she leaves behind include sister, Melissa (Mike) Read; brother, Geoff (Denise) Kilmer; sister, Jennifer (Mike) Farmer; brother, Mike (Ana) Kilmer; loving nieces and nephews, Liz (James) Mathews, Ben and Aimee Kilmer, Russell, Hans and Max Farmer, Irene and Jake Kilmer; and grandnephew, Liam Mathews. We are thankful to all Holly’s friends who supported her in so many ways during her battle for health, as well as Hospice of the Piedmont who ably supported her last week at home, during which Holly was surrounded by friends and family laughing and loving.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to Hospice of Knox County.
A memorial service was held at Church of Our Saviour in Charlottesville.
Submitted by Jennifer K. Farmer.