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Mona Holland

Apr 22nd, 1958 - Jan 18th, 2024

Graveside Ceremony: 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20, 2024, at Elmwood Cemetery in Flora

Those attending are asked to arrive directly at the cemetery.


     Mona Rae “Mo” Holland, age 65, of Douglas, Wyoming, passed away after a lengthy illness on January 18, 2024, at Central Wyoming Hospice in Casper, Wyoming.

     She was born on April 22, 1958, in Fairfield, Illinois, to Russell E. and Juanita (Cariens) Hilliard.  Mona married her soulmate and love of her life, Tommy Holland, on August 12, 2000, in Douglas, Wyoming.  He preceded her in passing on August 25, 2011.

     Mona was a hard worker.  During her life she had worked as a CNA at Clay County Hospital and on the pipeline in Wyoming.  But her passion was cooking, and the majority of her working years were spent as a cook, having worked at Grandma’s Kitchen and Heritage Woods in Flora, as well as a cook when living in Wyoming.

     She was a huge fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Green Bay Packers.  Material things were not important to Mona.  Give her a Cardinals jersey or memorabilia collectible and she was as happy as if she had won the lottery.

Mona will best be remembered as a people person.  In high school she won the honor of being chosen as “most funny.”  And that was Mona, full of laughter with the natural ability to brighten any room or situation and create laughter and make you smile and be happy.

     She is survived by 2 children; her brother: Russell Dale Hilliard of Geff; 2 sisters: Carol Ann (Bob) Spore of Princeton, Indiana, and Sue Ellen (Dick) Schneider of Newbern, Tennessee; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law: Rex (Marcia) Holland and Faye (Doug) Pottorff; a former sister-in-law: Debbie Casell; and several nieces and nephews.

     She was preceded in passing by her parents; her husband, Tommy; an infant son; mother-in-law: Mary Holland; maternal grandparents: Edgar and Flora Cariens; and paternal grandmother: Daisy Hilliard.

     Mona always said that Wyoming was her and Tommy’s happy place.  After he passed and she returned to Wyoming, she discovered that without him there it wasn’t the same.  Turns out their happy place was just being together.  And now, they are.

     A graveside ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, 2024 at Elmwood Cemetery in Flora.  Those wishing to attend are asked to arrive directly at the cemetery.  Arrangements are by Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora.  Memorial donations may be given to a charity of the donor’s choice.  To share condolence or memory, visit:


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Amanda Butcher

January 20th

Mo, you will be missed!! I am happy I knew you, you made the world a better place. Rest in peace. Prayers for her family and friends.

Russell Hilliard

January 20th

You were my first partner in crime. I can't believe you're gone and I'm going to miss you. I love you little sister.

Doug and Pat Hilliard

January 20th

So very sorry, keeping her family in 🙏

Susan Allison

January 20th

Dearest Mo Rest in God’s Peace with Tommy and give Mary some trouble for me. You were so kind and selfless…..I’m glad I got a chance to know you 😊

Annette Reel

January 20th

Mona you have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. You were a great friend! You will truly be missed by so many❤️

Amy Bailey

January 20th

Prayers for the family. Mo, you were definitely one of the good ones and you will be remembered & missed.

Bud & Linda Martin

January 20th

Russell, we are so sorry for your loss. I thoroughly enjoyed Mona the times I was around her. Even though she experienced a hard life at times, she always looked on the bright side and did so with a big smile. I’m happy her suffering is over and she is with her beloved Tommy. She will be missed. Prayers for you my dear friend. RIP Mona❤️

Steve and Linda Spicer

January 20th

So very sorry to hear of your loss.

Holli Schremser

January 20th

Aunt Mo, We love you and we’ll miss you, but I know Tommy was waiting for you, and I know you’re happy and at peace now. That brings comfort to my heart. Godspeed on your journey.

Sue Ellen & Richard Schneider

January 20th

You will be missed,Mona! May you rest in peace!

Tammy (Akes) Haywood

January 20th

Mo, was a soul of her own! She adopted a sweet little dog from me before moving away. Rest in peace and don't have tooo big of a party up there with all the good 'ole boys... tommy, john, geo,butch. And oooh so many more!

Judi schell

January 20th

You will be missed Mona Rae. You were one of a kind and always a bright light. Fly high....

Stacy & JD Fulk

January 20th

Mo you will be missed so much. Im glad we got to fly out to Wyoming and see you and bring the boys who always brightened your day. May you rest in peace. Love and miss u.

Mike and Nicci Worthey

January 20th

Rest in peace Mo 🙏🏻 you will be missed. Thank you for enriching our lives!

Vicki Auvil-McKean

January 20th

I am so sorry Russell Hilliard,we sure had alot of good times in Geff,Illinois, you will be missed,fly high my friend and cousin.I will see you again.

Brenda L Bullard

January 20th

R. I. P. My sweet friend.

Deborah Konarski Magro

January 20th

My sincerest condolences. She was lovely, funny and so very kind. God bless you with memories of a life too short but very well lived.

Debbie King Casell

January 20th

You were part of my life and our family for 47 years. During those decades we shared a lot of talks and laughter, occasional tears, and made a lot of memories. I will miss you, but, knowing you are healthy again and reunited with Tommy makes me happy that you now have what you've wanted for so long. I love you. 🌷

Mary Reynolds

January 21st

My condolences to the family 🙏 Rest In Peace my friend you will be missed.

Jean & Jim Billington

January 21st

So sorry to hear of Mona's passing. I'm sure Tom was waiting on you. RIP Mona!

Jodi Erwin

January 21st

Thanks for sharing your smile and warm heart to this world. Rest in peace and enjoy adventures with Tom and Mary. We'll miss you.

Gayla Templeman

January 21st

Mona Rae, I have so many fun memories of our early days at Geff Grade School! Rest in Peace, old friend, until we meet again. Love, Gayla Rae

M'Lissa Redfearn

January 22nd

I have known Mona since high school. She was the best and the funniest 😂 Heaven will be a wonderful place with her in it. Love you Mo and you will be missed ♥️😊😥 Say hi! to Sandi for all of us

Sarah Gouldkristine

January 24th

We are ever so sorry over the recent passing of Mona. We express our deep sorrow to her and the surviving family. We all hope that all is within their peace.

Rex Asselin

January 26th

Moe, I’m sure gonna miss you I always had you speed dial when I needed emergency Cook rest in peace girl

Carroll Britton

January 27th

Mona was truly a funny lady and a great cook! It was a pleasure getting to know her while we worked at Heritage Woods

Tammy (Akes)Haywood

April 17th

Mo n Tommy reunited... Mo was a great caregiver, and animal lover. Her smile will shine on in many peoples memories.

Susan Allison

April 17th

Rest in Peace Mo……



Russell Hilliard
Debbie King Casell
Amanda Butcher
Kevin hudgins
Brenda Miller
Jim and Carolyn Taylor
Doug and Pat Hilliard
Bill and Robin Atwood
Larry Frost
Norman Philli[ps
Christi mxgee
Patty Barnard
Alison Gibson
Josephine Paparopoli
Jill and Brad Bottoms
Cathy Clark
Susan Allison
Dave and Annette Reel
Jeanne Pottorff
Wanda H
Tara Race
Debbie steele
Nancy Weidner
Bud & Linda Martin
Ryan, Nick & Parker Martin
Matt, Darla, Macy, Lily & Ty Worthey
Ron & Tammie McKinney
Holli, Adam, Alex, & Ella
Sue Ellen and Richard Schneider
Judi Schell
Stacy & JD Fulk
Ken Jennings Jr
Sher Legg Marshel
Kayla Zacharias
Stephanie Kittle
Charlotte Dulaney
Mary Wilson
Danny and Kit
Gary and Sherrie Kittle
Lowell & Brenda K Showalters
Randy & Lisa Hargis
David Bryden
Shannon Graham
Josh & Michelle Porter
Bruce & Nannette Richards
Steve King
Lisa Carter
Ed and Jill Dawkins
Troy&Kim Welty
Jim & Janice Frost
Diane Tolliver
Brandie Martinez
Mike Worthey Family
Pam (Glassford) Smith
Mark &Karen Jones
Vicki Auvil-McKean
Brenda Bullard
Dana & Barbara Milligan
Wayne Eastin & Diane Johnson
Doug and Kelly Hemrich
Dena Maguire Young
Mary Reynolds
Jodi Erwin
Lawrence & Debbie Fitch
John & Vicky Penrod
Gayla Templeman
Niedra Johnson
Scott and Peggy Abbott
Joanne Hillderbrand Rogers
Jane Janes
Loretta Elsten
Loretta Elsten
Debra ( Greenwood ) Thoele
Bruce&Nannette Richards
Tammy (Akes) Haywood
Trudy Zimmerman Stanford


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