Holly A. Sprague

February 08, 1952 ‒ December 18, 2019

Delaware, Ohio

Holly Ann Sprague 67, of Delaware passed away December 18, 2019 after an extended illness, surrounded by her loving family at the Ohio Living Sarah Moore Home.

Holly was born in Norfolk, Virginia to the late Wilbert Frank & Beverly Ann (Witt) Berry. She attended and later graduated from South Amherst High School. She would immediately continue her education at Lorain County Community College, where she earned her Associates in Arts. Holly wasn’t done yet though. She then attended Bowling Green State University where she received her Bachelors in Science, in Education. She began working as a preschool teacher, and would continue her teaching with Columbus City Schools. While she was at Lorain County Community College, she met the love of her life Daniel. They married just three years later, and began a family. While working, being a wife, and raising children, Holly decided to go back to school and get her Master’s Degree in Education. After hard work, dedication, and perseverance she received that well earned Master’s Degree from Marygrove College. Holly continued her teaching career with Columbus City Schools, retiring back in June 2018, after 26 years with Columbus, and over 33 years teaching.

Left to cherish her memory are loving husband of 45 years Daniel “Dan” Sprague; son Nicholas (Peggy) Sprague; daughter Traci Sprague; grandchildren Andrew, Olivia, Ariannah, Cannon, and Isaac; sister Wendy (Howard) Akin; sisters in-law Molly Sprague, Sheila (Dr. David) Gardner; brother in-law Steve Sprague; nephews Bradley Akin, and Matthew (Carolyn) Rogers; niece Kayleigh Switzer.

In her younger years Holly was very hands on; she would make ceramics for all of her students, and was always perfecting an art or craft. In her later years she enjoyed photography, nature, wildlife, and spending time in State and National Parks, most especially Yellowstone and Grand Tetons. Her family will remember her as the humble, selfless, and loving wife, mother and teacher that she was.

Family and friends may call from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at the Snyder- Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive, Delaware, Ohio 43015. Celebrant Ed Schlote will perform a celebration of Holly’s life at 3:00 pm. Private family burial will take place at Oak Grove Cemetery.

The Sprague family would like to wish a heartfelt thank you to all the staff at Ohio Living Sarah Moore, Delaware for all of their compassion, love, and extreme care provided to Holly during her final days there.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed towards the Ohio Living Sarah Moore Home, Rehabilitation and Hospice, 26 North Union Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015.

To share a fond memory or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

They Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center in Delaware is assisting the family with arrangements.

  • I am so very sorry to hear of Holly’s passing. I remember fondly, with a smile, the times we spent together at Maize Manor church years ago. I always enjoyed her company and friendship. Hugs and prayers to you Dan, Traci, and Nick.

  • A sweet soul cherished by many! Thank you Holly for loving all of us! I will miss my Words with Friends playmate, Starling teaching colleague and Duxberry Park mom. Take good care dan, Nick and Tracie.

  • My deepest condolences to the Sprague family. I loved Holly. We sought each other out for our daily hugs at Starling. She was always up for an out of the blue duet with me in the office when she came in. She is indeed a treasure who will be greatly missed.

  • Holly made the world a better place! She shall be dearly missed. Sending love and prayers to Dan and family! ❤️

  • Traci & Nick. I’m so sorry. I didnt know she had an illness. I loved your mom. She was the best and always welcomed me into your home for yrs. I’ll try to make it Saturday. Love you both. Tell your dad I’m praying for him.

  • You are all in our thoughts and prayers. She will be missed. I will always remember her beautiful smile and how she loved to laugh.

  • Holly welcomed me with open arms as soon as I entered Starling and set up my room next to hers. She was an extraordinary teacher, colleague, listener, and friend. She left an imprint on many. My deepest condolences to the Sprague family.

  • Prayers to Dan and family from the Moushey’s, we miss seeing you all. Great memories of Holly and family getting together in the early days on Glen Avenue.

  • Holly was more than a coworker or friend, she was like another grandmother to me. She was always looking out for me and was so supportive during my first years of teaching. She was an amazing lady with a big heart. She loved her family, friends, and students dearly. She will be deeply missed and always hold a special place in my heart and memories. I’m so sorry to her family and send my deepest condolences.

  • To The Sprague Family,

    Holly was a fantastic preschool teacher st Maize Manor United Methodists Church and my niece Julie was one of her students back in the early “80’s”. She really loved all her students and always had a smile on her face when I dropped/picked Julie up.

    Holly and I used to work together at VBS for a few summers as well.

    I am so sorry to have read the passing of your wife, mother, grandma, aunt and sister. She was the nicest gal that I would see almost every Sunday at Worship Service. Jesus must have needed another teacher added to help teach. She is in a better place and out of discomfort and pain.

  • I am so sad to hear of Holly’s illness and passing. We worked together at Maize Manor and I was inspired by her enthusiasm and creativity. May God grant comfort and peace to Dan, Traci, and Nick and all her family and friends.

  • Im so sorry to hear of your loss. Holly was a kind supportive, and dedicated teaching partner. I have many funny memories of her at Dana, and can imagine the lifetime full of them that your family has gathered. Thinking of you all and wishing you peace and love at this time.

  • Holly was a member of our LiveStrong group at the Y. I was so moved by her warmth, determination, and humor. Her positivity was such a source of strength to those of us in that group, I was always amazed at her strength in the face of adversity. She made all of us work harder and push through when it got tough. I am so glad to have known her. What a special lady!

  • I went to South Amherst Schools with Holly. We graduated together in 1970. She was always such a good friend. In grade school we called her Christmas Tree because of her name. What a wonderful, humorous, sweetheart of a friend she was. Always smiling. You have my deepest condolences in the loss of your wife, mother, grandmother, sister, family and friends. My heart breaks for you all.

  • Sprague Family,

    It is with fond memories of Holly that I send my deepest sympathy. She was in my class at South Amherst, and we spent many fun times together. I did not know she was ill and was so sorry to hear of her passing. God bless you all and may she rest in peace.

  • We went all the way through South Amherst together of the class of 70 always smiling and wanting to help everyone Christmas Tree was what we called her. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Deborah Ranki Cain

  • I am so sorry to hear of your loss! Holly was a great friend to me when we attended BGSU. I was honored to be a bridesmaid in Dan and Holly’s wedding. We lost touch throughout the years, but re-connected a few years ago on Facebook. I wish we had lived closer together! I know she will be missed by everyone! I will miss her very much!

    Just a thought for Christmas Day: Holly loved Jesus her whole life and now she gets to say “Happy Birthday” to him in person!

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • I so loved working with Holly. I got to know her the last two years before she retired. Holly was a sweet, dedicated, and helpful person. I learned a lot from her over a short period of time. I’m sure Holly will be missed. I am sorry for your loss. May God’s peace comfort you in the days ahead.
    Jane Guagenti