GRANBY, Conn. – Ann (Vose) Holliday, 73, formerly of East Granby, Conn., passed away peacefully Saturday, May 21, 2011, at the McLean Home, Simsbury, Conn. Ann was born March 18, 1938, in Bangor, daughter of the late John and Helen (Yates) Vose.
She grew up in Maine and then attended Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass., earning her bachelor’s degree in religion in 1960. A lifelong learner, she continued her studies by attending Hartford Theological Seminary, as well as taking classes at Bangor Theological Seminary in Maine, later earning her Master of Arts degree in early elementary education from the University of Hartford in Connecticut. After raising her two daughters, Kim and Heidi, she turned her love of learning, books and children into a career as a children’s librarian. Serving in Bloomfield, Conn., Granby, Conn., and Windsor Locks, Conn., libraries before her retirement, she was instrumental in creating and designing engaging programs, which connected children to the natural world. She channeled her passion for the environment into public service by serving as secretary on East Granby Conservation Commission for many years. Her personal library was substantial and expansive. Her interests ranged from archaeology to zoology, with a special emphasis on the importance of cultural narrative – from psychological archetype to mythology and folktales. Her deep interest in family history and genealogy dubbed her the moniker, "Keeper of the Family Stories." She was gifted at being able to find the good in others. She was the honorary or adopted grandmother for several generations of neighborhood children – and animals – always appreciating the characteristics that made each child special. Ann was a member of East Granby Congregational Church, East Granby, Conn., for more than 40 years. She was a founding member of their English handbell choir, served as the first director of Christian education, and served on various boards and committees throughout the years. Her deeply aesthetic and passionate nature found expression in elegant needlework, symphonically arranged gardens, and a mastery of a variety of musical instruments, watercolor and oil painting, and writing poetry and essays. She also found great joy spending time with her children and their families, especially her three grandchildren.
She is survived by her two daughters, Kimberly A. Holliday and her husband, Gregory A. Netland, of Boxford, Mass., and Heidi H. St. Jean and her husband, Mark, of Simsbury, Conn.; and her three grandchildren, Cameron, Catherine and Sarah Netland. She also leaves a brother, Robert W. Vose and his wife, Mary Lou Mayer, of West Hartford, Conn.; as well as several first cousins and extended family.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at East Granby Congregational Church, 9 Rainbow Road, East Granby, Conn., with a reception afterward. Burial will be private at Mount Hope Cemetery, Bangor. Donations in Ann’s memory may be made to Connecticut Audubon Society, 2325 Burr St., Fairfield, CT 06824 or National Wildlife Federation, P.O. Box 1691, Merrifield, VA 22116-1691. For online condolences, please visit