Obituary of Charlotte Ann Hollett
Charlotte Ann Hollett, 79, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and auntie, passed away unexpectedly on February 5, 2022 at Mercy Health-Anderson Hospital in Cincinnati. She was surrounded by her loving husband, daughters and son-in-law as she was welcomed into the open arms of the Lord. Charlotte was born in Redlands, CA on January 1, 1943, as an Army brat, to John & Virginia (Hathaway) Downey, who are deceased. Charlotte and her parents returned to South Bend, Indiana in 1945 after John completed his deployment in Germany. Charlotte was a 1961 graduate of Riley High School. Charlotte met her husband, Bruce Hollett at Tower Hill State Park. They attended Purdue University together and were wed on June 6, 1965. Bruce was in the Air Force so they traveled extensively in their first 10 years of marriage. They were blessed with two beautiful daughters, Kimberly Ann and Kirstin Alane, and they resided on Dyes AFB near Abilene, TX; West Lafayette, IN; Vandenberg AFB, CA; and Sacramento, CA prior to settling in Cincinnati OH. Charlotte is survived by her devoted husband of 56+ years, Bruce, her daughters Kimberly Thurston (Cincinnati OH), and Kirstin (Russ) Phillips (Pendleton, IN), and grandchildren, Kira, Morgan, Marcy, and Darby Thurston and Nicholas, Dalton, Nathan, Vincent, Adrienne, Sylvia, Tessa, and Ava Kate Phillips. Charlotte was the eldest of 7 siblings. She is survived by Patricia Citron of Palantine, IL; Cathy (Fred) Sego of Jackson, TN; Pamela (Neil) Plouhar of South Bend, IN; Carol (Wade) Fisher of Hickory, NC; and John (Heidi) Downey of Roanoke, IN; and a brother-in-law Albert (Elizabeth deceased) Ladd of Port Huron, MI. She is also survived and loved by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Charlotte was predeceased by her parents, her father & mother-in-law, Wayne & Virginia (Walling) Hollett, her sister Elizabeth Ladd, her brother-in-law David Citron and her brother-in-law & sister-in-law John & Barbara Hollett. Charlotte loved to travel and traveled the world with her family touching six of seven continents. She was an avid adventurer, always looking for new experiences to share with her loved ones. She especially enjoyed scuba diving with her husband in The Cayman Islands and other tropical destinations. Her love for travel allowed her to excel as a virtuoso travel agent for AAA, Enterprise and then Provident Travel. She went above and beyond for her clients to ensure that each trip she planned was flawlessly executed and personal trips were a memorable experience. Charlotte’s first love was her family. Her daughters were some of her best friends and she adored her grandchildren. She was very intentional in being present in their lives and having a special relationship with each of her grandchildren. She loved attending their events, traveling with them and creating special memories. Charlotte loved the arts, especially theater, and she shared and instilled that love for the arts with her children and grandchildren. Charlotte herself was a talented artist. She always had multiple projects going--including needle point, crochet, and knitting. As an amazing seamstress and crafter, she could create almost anything like clothing and window treatments for her daughters, costumes for the grandkids, wreaths for different seasons, angels and special shower gifts. She will always be remembered by the entire family for her generosity and huge heart—she was kind, caring, considerate, thoughtful and inclusive. She planned so many events for the extended family over the years and always included special touches. She really enjoyed her annual sisters trip and vacations with her siblings. Charlotte went out of her way to attend all special events for all family members—graduations, birthday parties, baby and wedding showers—really any reason to see family. She touched so many hearts and minds and she will be dearly missed but our lives are so much richer for her presence. Per Charlotte’s wishes her remains have been cremated and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Donations in Charlotte’s memory may be made to YWCA of Greater Cincinnati, 898 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202, or Be The Change Volunteers, 503 E. Nifong #230, Columbia, MO 65201.
Donations in Charlotte’s memory may be made to YWCA of Greater Cincinnati, 898 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202, or Be The Change Volunteers, 503 E. Nifong #230, Columbia, MO 65201