Plant Memorial Trees
Thursday, September 7, 2023
11:00am - 12:00pm (Eastern time)
Patricia “Pat” Alice Johnson Hollett passed August 27, 2023 having lived 97 wonderful years. Pat passed peacefully on the morning of August 27th at Homestead Hills Assisted Living where she had resided for a few years.
Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia on June 28, 1926 to the late Annastasia Maria Johnson and Joseph Leo Johnson, Pat was the eldest of five children. After graduating from high school Pat completed a grueling application and interview process to earn eligibility to study nursing at Halifax School of Nursing. Earning a nursing degree in 1947 Pat worked for many years as a Registered Nurse in hospitals in both Canada and the United States including Halifax General, Baptist Hospital, and Novant Medical Center.
Pat married the late Lawrence Joseph Buckley Hollett on August 29, 1949. They were blessed with 72 years of marriage before his passing in November 2021. Together, Pat and Larry had five children (David, Jo-Ann, James, Peter, and Stephen) all of whom they were very proud. Pat held all bragging rights when it came to her children. She described her children as great students, each earning a bachelor degree or higher and proceeded to be involved in engineering, nursing, business, and community service.
Pat was very talented with numerous hand crafts such as sewing, embroidery, knitting, smocking, and crocheting; handcrafts that she lovingly shared with family. Sons benefitted from wool socks for the winter along with sweaters. Daughter Jo-Ann had handmade smocked dresses as a young girl. Grandchildren had handmade costumes and other clothing hand-stitched by Pat. Pat was an avid bridge player with many friends/groups she connected with for this game.
She and her late husband, Larry, traveled extensively. From visits to Canada and across the US, to the Caribbean, Spain, Italy, and France. Tales of travel were frequent topics of dinner conversations with fond memories, some recognizing their spirituality while away from home and church…such as the time in France when they rushed to make the “last call for all aboard '' their cruise ship after attending service at a cathedral atop a mountain. If not for the enlisted help of locals the two travelers would have missed their ship.
Surviving family include David Hollett (Luna) of Birmingham, Alabama; Jo-Ann Bell (Michael) of Niagara on the Lake, Canada; James Hollett (Susan) of Lewisville, North Carolina; Peter (MaryBeth) of Charlotte, North Carolina; and Stephen Hollett (Lisa) of Pfafftown, North Carolina. Also surviving are nine grandchildren: Neal, Craig, and Scott Cameron, Brett and Travis Hollett, Tyler and Jon Hollett, Hamilton Hollett and Hannah Simpson. Pat was additionally blessed with many great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the staff of Homestead Hills Assisted Living, especially Lisa Harris who was always able to get a smile during Pat’s final days.
Graveside service will be Thursday, September 7th, 2023, at 11:00 AM at Westlawn Gardens of Memory, 6135 Ridgecrest Road, Clemmons, NC.
In closing, the family would like to share a brief story about Pat that was heard and observed frequently from her late husband Larry during gatherings: With a twinkle in his eye Pat’s late husband Larry often commented during a Sunday dinner or family gathering…”Did I tell you how I met Pat?” As Larry wouId reach for Pat’s hand, lean a little closer to her, smile and say; “I saw a beautiful young lady across the skating arena seemingly unescorted and I asked her to skate with me…and here she is with me today, still.” Patricia Alice Johnson Hollett May you once again skate at the arena with your beloved Larry. Your journey is complete. Rest in peace.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. On-line condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com