Lucille “Snookie” Holroyd, 78 of South Berwick, Maine passed away at York Hospital on August 9th, 2023, surrounded by her loving family. Although her health had been declining since January due to various long-term health conditions, her passing came somewhat unexpectedly.
Snookie was born on August 20, 1944, and was raised in the Gardiner, Maine area. She graduated from Gardiner High School in 1963. She then went on to graduate from Hanson’s Barber School in Lewiston and received her barber license from the state of Maine.
After opening a very successful barbershop in Gardiner, her future husband, David, an Episcopal Priest came into her shop for a haircut in June of 1969. In January of 2023, they celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary. Although she remained a successful barber, she dedicated much of her life to supporting her husband and raising her two daughters, Shelley and Jenny-Jo.
Snookie was a self-taught and extremely gifted artist and spent a year at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester. Although she rarely sold her art commercially, her paintings and prints proudly hang in the homes of her family and friends.
Snookie had a passionate commitment to her spiritual life highlighted by her relationship with her close friend and spiritual mentor Kimberly Green. She in turn was a mentor to many and led spiritual reflection groups in several congregations where both she and David attended.
A major highlight in Snookie’s life was her involvement with the International Women’s Club of New England serving as one of the Board of Directors and directing a program called Harmony and Friendship. Her crowning achievement in the club was serving as an Ambassador of Good Will in 1993 when she traveled to Amman Jordan for three months to work at a rehabilitation center for disabled and underprivileged children.
Snookie’s most important commitment was always to her family. She is survived by her husband David, their two daughters, Shelley Holroyd of Rollinsford, NH, Jenny-Jo Bell and her husband George of Kennebunk, ME, her grandchildren Tanner and Maia MacDonnell, her sister Joan LeBourdais of Litchfield, ME, and several nieces and nephews.
Snookie’s celebration of life will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, 43 Pine St., Exeter, N.H on Saturday, August 26th, 2023, at 11:00 A.M. Burial will follow immediately after in the Church’s Memorial Garden. A reception will then take place in Parish Hall.