- 45 years old
- Date of birth: May 24, 1967
- Date of passing: Nov 15, 2012
Holli Lynn Foli passed away November 15, 2012 after a courageous 6 1/2 year battle with ovarian cancer. Holli was born in Portsmouth, VA to Barbara Peel Foli and the late Vernon Foli.
She grew up in Taylorville, IL where she graduated from high school. She attended college at Illinois State University, obtaining a Bachelor's degree in art history and a Master's in business finance.
She worked in art galleries in Illinois then settled into a successful 17 year career as an Escrow office manager after moving to Portland, Oregon in 1994.
Holli loved art, philosophy, fine food and traveling. She toured Europe while in high school and later vacationed several times in Hawaii, Mexico and in the Caribbean. She cherished holidays, family traditions and time with her niece and little cousins.
Her courage was an inspiration, and she will be in our hearts forever.
"Missing you every day."
"I miss you."
"Happy Birthday my dear friend...miss you all the time."
"Happy Birthday, Holli! I miss you so much."
"It's been three years that you've been gone...but yet you're still with us. In our thoughts, memories, stories, and our hearts. You are missed!!"
"Happy Birthday sissy! We used to enjoy decadent birthday dinners together. Ava is thrilled to have a cupcake in celebration of your birthday. We look at photos and talk of you often. We miss you!!
Katie, Brian and Ava"
"Well today you would be turning 48! FORTY-EIGHT!! :-) And I would tease you about how I wouldn't be as OLD as you until NEXT month. HeeHee It's also my little sister Megan's birthday and you two shared a special bond - you called her "your little monkey" because she would climb all over you when she was little. :-) I miss you so much - I find myself thinking "I need to call Holli and tell her about such and such"...
But I just figure you probably already know. So Happy Birthday - I'm lighting a "birthday" candle for you. Make a wish!"
"Holli and I became friends our first week of Junior High School in Taylorville, IL. We were 12 years old. She and I were both Gemini's and we laughed about how when we were together there were 4 of us!! During the summer of 2012, her health was declining, but she sustained herself enough to serve as my maid of honor when I got married in September.
I think about Holli quite often. I miss having her just a phone call away. Now, I just talk to her in my heart.
I love you and miss you, my old friend."
"So often I find myself thinking of you and your lovely family. Your impact continues. When I see someone that I look at twice because they look like you I have to giggle. I can just see you peaking through saying hey you, I have some of those answers now. Thank you for blessing my journey dear friend."
"Happy Birthday, Sissy! I told Ava she'll get a cupcake today and she's very excited. We miss you like crazy. -xoxo Katie"
"Happy Birthday to my wonderful niece. I miss you so much and think of you often. I believe in my heart that you are at rest with your struggles and enjoying your Dad to the fullest, loving your Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles."
"I think of you often, Holli. And when I go to the office, I have the picture of you and your dad on my desk and always tell you good morning. You are missed by so many people. You touched so many lives that I'm only now realizing. I'm so glad you are pain free now. Say hi to everyone from me and hugs and kisses!"
"We miss you, Holli! This evening I saw one of the most gorgeous sunsets of my life. It reminded me of the time we spent together in Mexico. I love you xoxo -Katie"
"I was searching my phone for something late last night and one of her texts popped up. It was a sign that she is still connected. Love you, Holli!"
"My Sweet Niece, I still miss you so much. Take care of your grandparents and your Aunts and Uncles.
I love you,
"Holli and I worked together and became friends back in the 90's. She was brilliant, determined, hardworking and loving. She dealt with this disease like all of her other challenges -- face-on, bold, strong, and with a sense of humor. I will miss you my dear friend."
"I am so sorry to hear about Holli. She took classes in my program at Portland State, and was just lovely to speak with. Holli was bright and interesting, and brought a lot to the classes. My thoughts are with her family and friends."
"I just saw the notification of Holli's passing here at Cancer Treatment Centers of America. I knew Holli. We spoke several times and she was one of my favorite patients. I am so sorry for your loss. And ours. May fond memories (as shown in the slide show above) bring you comfort and peace. Best to you from her caregivers at Midwestern."
"I went to school with Holli . She was a very sweet girl in school I will remember all the good time we had in school together.She is now up there in Heaven with my best friend Gaybriel Conrad. Holli and Gaybriel are my angels watching over me ."
"I had Holli in one of my math classes over 30 years ago, and I still remember that precious young lady. She was so sweet and so full of life. It appears that she got to do several things in life that she really enjoyed, but it still seems like a life cut too short. I am so thankful to have known this fine young lady."
"With Deepest Sympathy Barb and Family, So sorry to hear about Holli's passing. What a very sweet daughter you had! You know that she will always be with you Barb. I can remember the times that she and my Gaybriel were in school together and all the good times. When I heard she had passed I had to think that she had a friend waiting for her up in Heaven...Gaybriel."
"Holli, thank you for Your kind spirit, your strong will, and your friendship. We crossed paths and then lost touch several times in our lives. From the lunchroom at West school, a great summer in jr high, high school antics, and a girls trip here and there to enjoy life. You made my life better just by being in it. Love u!"
"Barbara, I know how hard it is to lose a child...our prayers are with you & your family. Your daughter was a wonderful woman who had so much love to share. Irene (Taylor) Oller and family"
"Holli and I met on a plane several months ago and then would continue to meet on planes between Portland Or and Chicago, I feel blessed that God allowed Holli and I to set next to each other several times on planes and share our lives w/ each other, I will continue to pray for Holli's family that each one might find Peace and comfort from God."
"God bless you Holli and enjoy the big family you have in heaven,especially with your dad."
"I am not sure how long Holli worked at Tastee Treat in Taylorville, but I remember getting a free cone everytime I went there. You know, taking care of her younger cousin. I will miss her, but I know now that everytime I take my little ones there, I will think of Holli."
"Wow after reading about my cousin Holli there was a lot I didn't know about her. She lived life and was a fighter. She will me missed but will always be in the hearts with the ones she had touched.I was glad that I was able to visit her a couple of times at my Aunt Carol's when I was up in Kincaid. May you rest in peace."
"Holli was a great sister and amazing Auntie to my daughter. Holli helped me grow as a parent. I can still hear her say " You're a good Mom.""
"The blessings of holli will continue to weave their way through our tapestries of this life. With this she continues to touch many. I am thankful we were brought together. She helped to better me. My teacher and friend will be missed by many including myself."
"Holli is my cousin. We had some good times together regardless of our age difference - 12 years. She lived with my husband and I for awhile in Chicago. She loved my husband's lemon and chicken. Unfortunately, when she visited 2 years ago, Ray didn't remember how to make it! I'm sorry Holli! You were so brave and fought hard. I will miss you! Enjoy your daddy!"
"The photos in this memorial are lovely. I remember the determination in Holli's eyes when she spoke of traveling to each of the continents. She had many goals and held onto hope. She did her best. She touched us."
"Although I did not know Holli personally, when this happens to a Scorpion family, it is heartbreak. The Foli family is in our hearts and prayers."
"I am really going to miss Holli at the USS Scorpion memorial services. She always made me laugh and was so willing to pitch in an help wherever she saw a need. She was so much fun to be around. I know she is now at peace with her Dad."
You will be missed and remembered at our USS Scorpion Memorial Service. I'm sorry you are no longer with us, but your spirit will live in our hearts forever. I hope you are happily reunited with your Daddy."
"Holli was such a fun loving girl. We had wonderful time together, even when she wasn't feeling the best, Holli, Steve and I toured Chicago. We went to the Sears Building and stood on the window that goes over the city, she was a little afraid so she held my hand. It was a wonderful time. She was a fighter and fought the biggest battle of her life. I will miss her so much."
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