Holly Marie Stavola
January 18, 1995 – February 4, 2000
Holly was our second child born on January 18, 1995. She was always a sweet and happy child. She had no serious medical illnesses, no hospitalizations, no surgeries, and no injuries (not even minor) prior to February 1, 2000. She gave us joy every day and she was our precious little angel. Holly was always so loving. Holly did nice things for her brother Tommy, Mommy and Daddy and anyone who asked her for something. She did it with a smile on her face and expecting nothing in return. Holly only wanted everyone to be happy.
You wouldn’t think a 4 year old just turning 5 would know the true meaning of empathy, but she knew it to the highest degree. Holly made sure she included everyone in her prayers and she would remember who was not feeling well and what ailed them without Mom or Dad’s help. She always seemed to want to pray for others, and never herself. When asked why, she would say she didn’t need prayers. Holly always asked Mommy how her back felt and prayed for Daddy’s headaches, but she was most concerned about her brother Tommy. One of Holly’s priorities in life was to make her brother Tommy proud of her. She liked to see him happy. Holly was the one that actually inspired Tommy to start taking taekwondo. They went to classes together. She would run in his room in the morning as soon as she knew he was up. She couldn’t wait until he was out of school so they could play together. She wanted to be like her big brother. That’s why all of Tommy’s favorite things, playing Sonic on the computer, battling Pokemon, practicing karate or drawing were Holly’s favorite things too.
Tommy and I spent alot of time teaching Holly. She was very smart for her age, she had just learned to read. She had a lot of potential because she was a quick learner and loved to learn. She loved books so much, she looked forward to her Daddy reading to her every night. The last story that was read to Holly was Thumbelina. She loved it so much. Right after hearing it she came to tell me the whole story in her own words.
Holly didn’t even have to be told to be polite, she was considerate on her own. Holly never went to bed without saying goodnight and I love you to all of us. Every morning as Daddy left to take Tommy to school she would say “Have a nice day”, and “I love you” to them.
Holly unexpectedly and sadly died February 4, 2000. She had endured more than she should have. She became ill 6 days after receiving her vaccinations. We wish we would have known about the option of the antibody blood titer test. Read about the option in the law. Go to http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/
Read more about what happened to Holly and the reason for Holly’s Law here: