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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Jean S. Holland, 88

Jean Swint Holland, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 21 in Wallingford. She was 88. Image
Jean Holland: 40-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

She was born on Aug. 1, 1926, the daughter of Frederick and Stella (Combest) Swint in Paducah, Texas. 

She graduated from Texas State College for Women (now Texas Women’s University) and worked as a fashion illustrator for Frost Brothers, a high fashion retailer, in San Antonio. 

She married Henry K. Holland, Jr., in 1955 and they lived an extraordinary life travelling the world as part of the extended Mobil Oil family.  She lived in Westport for 40 years and was a devoted member of the Wilton Baptist Church.

She and her husband were avid golfers and longtime members of Brooklawn Country Club, Fairfield, and The Hills at Lakeway, Austin, Texas. 

She was an award-winning artist specializing in pastel and oil portrait paintings. She studied under Charles Reid at Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan.

She was predeceased by her husband, Henry, her brother Elwin O. Swint and her sister, Fredda Swint Hill.  She is survived by her sister Mary Margaret (Miggie) Maxey of Georgetown, Texas, her sister-in-law Juanita Thompson of Phoenix, Ariz., her son Dr. Henry Kent Holland and his wife Eva of Atlanta, Ga., and her daughter Sharon Holland Purtill and her husband George of Glastonbury. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Henry McCarthy Purtill, Emily Grisch Purtill and Marlene Sophia Holland. 

A graveside service will be held at Willowbrook Cemetery, Westport, on Friday, Nov. 28.  A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at Ashlar Village (Auditorium A), Wallingford, on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Silvermine Arts Center, 1037 Silvermine Road, New Canaan, CT 06840, or the American Heart Association. 

The Harding Funeral Home in Westport is assisting the arrangements. To leave condolence online, please visit


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