Debra Hollard

Obituary of Debra A. Hollard

Debra (Debbie) A Hollard of Longmont, Colorado passed away at her home on February 24, 2023 of respiratory failure. Debbie was born on July 9th, 1952 in Stanley, North Dakota to Thomas H. Grinstead and Betty Ann Hall.

Debbie grew up in the Denver, Longmont and Louisville areas, graduating from Louisville High School in 1971. She was a longtime employee of IBM and Spherion in Boulder until her retirement in 2003.

She married Winston (Skip) Hollard on May 19, 1984. They met through a dating service, writing letters to each other. They both enjoyed going on ocean cruises and spending time together with friends and family. Debbie loved baking, learning her craft from family members when she was young. Her specialties were cakes for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, and everything in-between.

Debbie loved animals, especially horses and Corgis. After her retirement, she fulfilled her dream, bought a horse and began training at Haystack Acres where she boarded her horse. She also started breeding and raising Pembroke Welsh Corgis with Haystack and amassed a large following of friends in the Corgi community across the United States. She was a past member of the Cochlear Implant Club International and hosted a successful national convention in Colorado in 1991. She enjoyed the club for several years.

She is preceded in death by her son Virgil Gonzales. She leaves behind her loving husband Skip Hollard of Longmont; a brother, Thomas Grinstead Jr. of North Port, Florida; a sister, Tonya Grinstead West of Tulsa, Oklahoma; two grandchildren, Anthony and Letoya and three nieces, along with numerous cousins and extended family.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in the name of Debbie Hollard to the International Hearing Dog Inc. 5901 E 89th Ave, Henderson, CO 80640. You can mail a check or go to and donate there. Follow the instructions to honor Debbie. A memorial website is set up for celebrating Debbie’s life,

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