Rye, NH — On December 22, 1910 in Norwood, Mass., Virginia Daniels Holder was born to Daisy Hartshorn Daniels and Jason Noah Daniels. Virginia "Ginny" grew up and attended school in Norwood. Her dad was a mason and builder, and her mother, a registered nurse, who served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish American War. Virginia became a registered nurse after graduating from Simmons College and then Boston Children’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1932.
After spending several years in pediatric nursing in Boston, Virginia married Norman F. Holder of Dorchester, Mass., and they moved to Maine. Over the years, they raised four children - Jon an attorney, and Rick, Jason and Barbara June, who all work in services and programs for children. Ginny was a consummate mother, who treasured her family - her children and daughters-in-law, Kathleen Grover of Bar Harbor, Maine, Laurie Holder of Amherst, N.H., Anne Holder of Danville, N.H., and son-in-law, James Fyles of Rye, N.H. Ginny was so very proud of her family and cherished her 13 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Virginia was an accomplished cellist. She was active in public health matters in Wells and Ogunquit, Maine. Ginny was an environmental activist and instrumental in the cleaning of Perkins Cove in Ogunquit. As the school and town public health nurse, she led the fight for fluoridation of public water in Wells to prevent childhood tooth decay. Upon moving to Exeter, N.H., Ginny became the school nurse for five outlying schools at one time. She also returned to college to obtain her degree in counseling, and then served as the Greenland, N.H., school nurse-counselor for many years.
Virginia became passionately active in the Association for Children with Learning Disabilities, becoming the president of NHACLD, and later, a long-serving member of the National Board of Directors for the Association for Children with Learning Disabilities. After retiring from her Greenland school position, Ginny worked as a part-time assessment specialist for Portsmouth High School.