Island Cremations & Funeral Home ~ Merritt Island, Florida ~ 321-454-3331

Obituaries

HOLLY MARIE FADDEN

May 24, 1963 - May 21, 2020

A private Celebration of Life memorial service and reception will be held on Saturday,
June 6, 2020 at 11 a.m. in her butterfly garden.
The family wishes to acknowledge with sincere appreciation and love the extended family
members, friends and church family that are standing by our sides during this sad time.
The family suggests several memorials to honor Holly’s memory. These include:
New Life Mission (formerly Brevard Rescue Mission), 321-480-9100, www.newlifemission.org
Holly Fadden Memorial, P.O. Box 362203, Melbourne, Florida 32936
Trinity Wellsprings Church, c/o GriefShare Mission in Memory of Holly Fadden
638 S Patrick Drive, Satellite Beach, Florida 32937, 321-777-2047, www.trinitywellsprings.com

Our Beloved Holly
May 24, 1963~May 21, 2020
Holly Marie Fadden, age 56, of Melbourne, Florida, unexpectedly passed away

with the Lord by her side on Thursday, May 21, 2020 in Melbourne, Florida.
The beloved daughter of Brownlow Joseph and Anita Marie Fadden, she was
loved by her siblings Laura Fadden, Chris (Daniela) Fadden, Matt (Julie) Fadden,
Elizabeth de Mattos, Brazil; Alex Montero, Costa Rica; and Stefan Rasmussen (Ann),
Denmark/Florida as well as her nieces and nephews Ryan, Erika, Maria (Sean),
Kurt (Eve), Benjamin, Quinn and Daley Fadden. Her immediate family included her much
beloved pets, Julie, Lily, Tucker, Glory, Sophia and Murphy.
Holly was born May 24, 1963, in Washington, D.C., the fourth child of Brownlow and
Anita Fadden. She grew up in Columbia, Maryland, graduated from Oakland Mills High
School and spent a year in Italy as an exchange student. While in Italy, her host family,
Vasco and Pia Nicolini, and their children, Paolo, Luca and Anna, became her lifelong
second family. When Holly returned from Italy, she obtained a Bachelor of Science
Degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland; Master of Arts Degree from the
University of Maryland, Baltimore; and a Master of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies from
the Reformed Theological Seminary. She also became a licensed massage therapist and
was passionate about helping others to heal.
Holly was a burden bearer for Christ. She literally bore others’ pain until God gave her
permission to turn them over to Him. As a burden bearer, she had great compassion for
others and the gift of encouragement. Holly touched many lives in many ways.
New Life Mission (formerly Brevard Rescue Mission) is a ministry where Holly
volunteered as a tutor for some of the resident mothers. At her church, Trinity
Wellsprings, she completed 4.5 runs of GriefShare. COVID-19 cut short the fifth running.
Holly was willing to share openly about her grief journey if she thought a participant
could benefit from her sharing. In short, Holly lived her life to Jesus to glorify Him.
Holly was proceeded in death by her maternal grandparents, Ken and Margaret
Breerwood, her paternal grandparents, Brownlow and Violet Fadden, her mother
Anita Fadden, an infant sister Lisa, cousins Ken Estill and Pam Colyear, and aunts
Margarite (Chris) Christianson and Violet (Joe) Sanchez. In addition to her immediate
family, Holly is survived by her siblings; beloved aunts Margaret Towns, Barbara (Al)
Estill, Ruth Waters (Jack), Dorothy Hinkle and Alice Pinder and uncles William (Linda)
Fadden and Paul (Pat) Fadden as well as numerous cousins, all whom she loved dearly.
Holly also considered many, many special friends in the circle of family including her dear
friend Susan Thompson, her many Italian friends, Betty (Bob) Kimbrel, Brooke Kendall
and family, the Elder Family, and her Trinity Wellsprings church family.
Holly’s other passion was butterfly gardening. She was always happiest and closest to

God when planning and planting in her garden. She was so proud of her new house and
butterfly sanctuary. For the first time in long time she felt totally at peace.
Isaiah 61:11
For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the
Sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.