Diane Lynne Holley
1937 – 2004
Diane Lynne Holley was a native Arizonan, born in Jerome and living most of her life in the Prescott/Chino Valley area. A prolific quilter, during her quilt career she made more than 100 quilts, most in the bright, clear colors she favored. She amassed a collection of 75 ribbon recognitions, including Best of Show in the Yavapai County Fair.
Diane was a, first and foremost, a teacher of quilting in both formal and informal settings. It was not unusual for her to, while shopping, call the ladies present around and instruct on a fine point of quiltmaking…all with good humor!
Relationships formed through quilting were very important to Diane. She was a co-founder of the Chino Valley Quilt Guild, the Young and Restless Friendship Group, and Holley’s Follies. She regularly served as a judge for the Cottonwood Quilt Show and curated numerous exhibits for the Prescott and Chino Valley Libraries and Adult Centers.
A;though she passed away in 2004, her influence is still felt in the local quilting community. Designs she created prior to her passing were selected by Thumb Burre Quilt Guild for their show pins in 2005 and 2007. Hardly a local guild meeting goes by without someone suggesting that, “We ask Diane” only to remember that she is no longer with us.
In accepting her recognition, her son, Doug Holley, and daughter, Judy Pearson, tearfully told attendees how much quilting meant to their mother. Most of all, they said, quilting brought Diane many good friends, who all miss her every day.