Esther Jett Holland

Esther Jett Holland

Suffolk , VA
06.04.1921 - 07.09.2019
Norfolk, VA

Esther Jett Holland, 98, died July 9, 2019 in her home at Lake Prince Woods, Suffolk, VA. She was born in Norfolk to the late Joseph Clarence Jett and Esther Sanford Jett. She was predeceased by her husband, Hugh Latane Holland, Jr., and her sister Mary Payne Jett Cole.

She graduated from Maury High School in 1939 and Sweet Briar College in 1943. She was married May 14, 1949 and lived the rest of her life in Suffolk. She taught second grade Sunday school with her husband for many years and served on the altar guild at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Suffolk. Esther was the first woman elected to the vestry.

Esther is survived by her children: Martha Carey Holland of Alexandria, VA, Hugh “Beau” Latane Holland, III, of Suffolk, and Joseph Jett Holland of Virginia Beach. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and her first cousin Sue Jett Russler of Raleigh, NC.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 11 AM at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 213 N Main Street, Suffolk with The Very Rev. Dr. Keith Emerson presiding. The family will receive friends in the parish hall following the service. Burial will be private in Cedar Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that a donation be made to St. Paul's Church. 

R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, 509 W. Washington St. Suffolk VA 23434 is serving the family. The family would like to acknowledge the care givers who attended Mrs. Holland for many years, allowing her to stay in her home. Condolences may be registered at

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St. Paul's Episcopal Church
213 N. Main St.
Suffolk , VA 23434
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It has been an honor and pleasure getting to know Mrs. Holland over the last year and a half. What a wonderful she lived. She recited a poem in German to me when I told her about me living there for a few years. I will miss her.

Sadie DePrince

We are so sorry to hear of your moms passing. She was a sweet lady!! God Bless your family, Sincerely Donna and Barb.

Donna Coleman and Barb Carney

Dear Holland Family,
On behalf of the City Treasurer's Office, I want to extend to you our sincerest sympathy on the loss of your Mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
Ronald H. Williams, City Treasurer and Office Staff

Ronald H Williams

Martha, Beau, and Jett,
So sorry to learn of Esters passing! What a life well lived for 98 years . It was such a blessing that the family was just able to celebrate her birthday at the beginning of July. Please know the Holland family is in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Fran Slough

So sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was always kind and welcoming to me. Fond memories of Beau and Jett in Key Club, and through the halls of SHS.

Harold M Crockett

So sorry to hear of Mrs. Holland's passing.
Enjoyed seeing her when she would come into Smith Optical Company.
Such a nice lady....

Tony & Barbara Pivinski

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