Holly Hamlett

Holly Hamlett

Monday, October 24th, 1955 Friday, December 6th, 2019

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Obituary for Holly Ellen Hamlett

Holly Ellen Hamlett, 64, of North Hollywood, CA died on December 6, 2019. Holly was born in Fort Dix, NJ to Ruth Alyce (Hamel) Hamlett and Clyde J. Hamlett. Her father was a naval officer and the family lived at several military installations before settling in West Springfield, MA, where she attended high school. She graduated from Emmanuel College in 1977 and went on to do a joint degree in theology and social work at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, CT, where she met and married Kirk Stevan Smith (m. 1979-1996). She began her career in counseling and social work as a geriatric social worker and private practitioner in Hartford, CT. A talented therapist and social worker, Holly served many communities in her long career, often supporting patients and families in their most difficult times. After moving to Los Angeles in 1991, she worked as a hospital social worker in various institutions, including Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Cedars-Sinai Hospital. At the time of her death, she was employed by Kaiser Permanente’s Department of Behavioral Health in Sylmar. A natural caregiver, Holly’s capacity for support extended beyond her professional work to all those around her. Following a 2007 breast cancer diagnosis, she—along with six others—founded a support group known as “The Girls,” which now numbers over 80 people strong. Holly used her experience as a breast cancer survivor to help bring comfort and strength to many women.
All who knew Holly experienced her gregarious generosity, her warmth, deep compassion, and care. Holly was an avid lover of rescue dogs. She had several canine companions throughout her life, to whom she showed great love. She also had a great sense of adventure and ambition, seen in the accomplishment of goals like participating in an Outward Bound program and completing the Los Angeles marathon. In recent years, Holly’s travels took her to places such as South Korea, Tuscany, Central America, and New York City; she made friends everywhere she went. Holly’s devotion to family and friends was boundless. She was especially proud and supportive of her two children, Jordan and Nathaniel, and loved spending time with her grandson Lars.
She is survived by her daughter Jordan Hope Smith (Meredith Bak) of New York and grandson Lars; her son, Nathaniel Kirk Smith (Natalie Osterling) of Salzburg, Austria; brothers David Clyde Hamlett and Timothy Francis Hamlett, and friend and former husband Kirk.

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    Saturday, January 4th, 2020 | 11:00am
    St Stephen’s Episcopal Church
    6125 Carlos Ave
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    Saturday, January 4th, 2020
    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation.

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Marlene Galaviz

For Holly’s Children & Family: Life is Truly Precious❣️ When I think of your mom Holly, I think How Blessed you both/all were to have had her as a devoted parent and kind family member. We had many heartfelt conversations, she would always be so proud to share about the two of you and your many accomplishments, new ventures & especially gushing over little 💙 Lars! I am forever grateful for the the few years I got to know your mom. Holly you touched my life, gave me hope and spoke the truth which was always refreshing ❤️ What eases the heartache is knowing you’re physically at peace. God has called you home... Until we meet again Holly... All my Prayers to all of you that you find comfort in her sincere memories, I know I will ❤️ God Bless❣️
Comment | Posted at 04:49pm via Condolence


Rest in Paradise, Dear Holly.
Comment | Posted at 09:44pm via Condolence

Laurie Mazzarella

Dearest, sweet Holly, triple negative breast cancer sister and survivor. Your sweetness, your humor and the way you made us feel so comfortable will live in all of us who you touched so deeply. Fly high with the Angels, Holly. Be even more blessed with Love, Light and Healing!
In loving remembrance of you, Holly
Laurie Mazzarella
One of The Girls
Comment | Posted at 02:51am via Condolence


Holly was an amazing woman who had touched so many lives, I am truly blessed to have known her. Love, Martha
Comment | Posted at 04:24pm via Condolence

Dina Velarde

I remember our first meeting...and how we instantly became friends. Thank you ...the world will sadly be without a sweet beautiful soul. Prayers for your family...
Comment | Posted at 11:23am via Condolence

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