Published in The Washington Post on Apr. 19, 2020
HOLLY GAMBLE PAMPILLONIA
Holly Gamble Pampillonia was born in Ichpeming, Michigan on
July 16, 1925 to Dr. Guy and Mildred Gamble.
Her family later moved to Washington, DC, where she attended
Central High School (1943), Wilson Teachers' College, and Catholic University. In
1944, she married Harry Pampillonia, a World War II veteran; the couple had three
children - Robert, Linda and Steven. Holly and Harry were happily married for over 56
years until Harry's untimely death in 2000.
In addition to assisting her husband and brother-in-law, Dominick, in the family business,
DJ Pampillonia & Sons Jewelers in Washington, DC, Holly thoroughly enjoyed playing
tennis with friends, stringing pearls, writing meaningful poetry, and raising her three
children. She was also an exceptional and accomplished painter; her works proudly hang
on the walls of her families' homes.
Holly peacefully died at the age of 94 on Easter Day, April 12, 2020.
She is survived by her three children and their spouses, Kathleen, Paul Loukas and
Shelley; eight grandchildren, and 16 great grandchildren.
She was entombed in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery Mausoleum on Saturday, April 18th
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