Clare Holland - Passed away on January 20, 2023

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Clare Holland of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, passed away Friday, January 20, 2023. She was 68.

Born Clare Rosselle in Miami, Florida, she enjoyed sailing, fishing and motor boating. Clare was a gifted artist with a quick wit and a beautiful smile.

She graduated from Coral Shores High School in Key Largo and earned her associate’s degree from Florida Keys Community College. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from the University of West Florida in Pensacola, she married the love of her life – Gary Holland.

The newlyweds enjoyed a fairy tale life in many respects, living aboard a sailboat and exploring the waters of the Florida Keys and the Bahamas. Clare applied her artistic ability to her various occupations which included teaching, kitchen design, floral arrangements and sign making. An example of her talent still can be seen in the sign she created marking the entrance to the town of Tavernier where her family once lived.

Clare and Gary moved to Deland where Clare opened a flower shop called Buds & Blooms. She again applied her creative talent to make uniquely beautiful flower arrangements.

Upon her retirement, Clare moved to New Smyrna Beach. She and Gary purchased a motor home and traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada.

Clare and Gary were inseparable and enjoyed 45 years as partners and best friends.

Clare leaves behind a loving family and a wealth of friends. Survivors include her husband Gary Holland, their dog Ruby, sister Debbie Rosselle (Terry), brother John Rosselle, and sister-in-law Barbara Holland Martin.

A celebration of life will be held at Baldwin Brothers in New Smyrna Beach on January 31, with visitation from 1:00 – 1:30, followed by a brief ceremony. Casual attire please.

The family would like to express thanks to the people of Halifax Heath, Brooks Rehabilitation and Halifax Hospice Care Center in Edgewater who cared for Clare. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Hospice Care Center of your choice.


Baldwin Brothers
1 North Causeway New Smyrna Beach, Florida 32169

Date & Time:
January 31, 2023 at 1:30 PM


January 31, 2023

Baldwin Brothers New Smyrna Beach
1 North Causeway New Smyrna Beach, Florida 32169

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  1. Barbara Holland Martin says:
    30 Jan 2023
    To a wonderful sister in law who I have known for over 45 years. Since the day I met you, I admired the relationship and love that you and Gary had. Your adventurous trips that you and Gary took were always fun to hear about. Sometimes I was a little jealous of the great fun that you both had, but also the amazing companionship the two of you shared. You lived an amazing life with the greatest love by your side. None of us were ready to have you leave us so early in your life, but you are never really gone cause you will be in our thoughts and hearts forever. I love you dear Clare forever and always. Fair Winds and Following Seas is a perfect way to say Goodbye to my favorite Sister In Law.
    May you Rest In Peace My Friend.

  2. Kat & Bob says:
    30 Jan 2023
    We’ve been camping friends with Clare for many years in the Good Sam Traveling Sams and the FMCA Challengers. Clare will be missed on our camping adventures. RIP

  3. Cheryl says:
    27 Jan 2023
    Clare and were friends for 51 years....In high school, we were full of mischief and mayhem for the most part, mainly to our peers and instructors. Her sense of humor was top notch. Her talent for art and design was amazing. WE just enjoyed each other's company and support and I will miss her terribly. Even though we didn't see each other much in our later years, when we did make contact, we just picked up where we left off. We could talk for hours. She is missed greatly and I will always have her in my heart. Love to Gary who really was the love of her life...and her sister Debbie and brother John. Rest in peace my lovely, talented forever friend. Thank you Clare for making my life more fulfilled! XXOO

  4. Homer and Patty lit a candle:
    26 Jan 2023
    Lit since January 26, 2023 at 1:24:38 PM

  5. Homer and Patty says:
    26 Jan 2023
    Clare was a wonderful woman with a beautiful smile and laugh... and she'll be truly missed !
    May beautiful memories bring peace to all who knew her.

  6. Paul Levine says:
    26 Jan 2023
    She was a very special lady!

  7. phyllis liantonio & Angelo Liantonio says:
    25 Jan 2023
    We will miss Clare very much. She was alot of fun to be with.

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