Kristen (Holladay) Stolley was born on June 14, 1970 in Salt Lake City, UT. The family moved
to Colorado in 1973. She graduated from Arapahoe High School in 1988 alongside her best
friend Susan. Kristen attended Colorado State University and earned her bachelor’s degree in
biology in 1992 where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority and made lifelong
Kristen’s first job out of college was a microbiologist. She met her husband Chris, through their
good friends Bill and Lisa, and fell in love despite the CU vs. CSU rivalry. They got married in
June of 1998 in Centennial, CO in a beautiful ceremony. After getting married, Kristen went
back to school to get her pharmacy degree. She spent the last semester of 2000 on bedrest, so her
friends had to drop off lecture recordings. She had Katie in April of 2000 and went on to
graduate with a Masters in Pharmacology from the University of Colorado in 2001. She then
took on a job in pharmacy. In 2011, she left Pharmacy to focus on her favorite job of being the
most incredible, supportive and loving mom for her three daughters Katie (22), Ellie (20), and
Lexie (17). As her kids grew up, she wanted to go back to work and make an impact and signed
onto Tri-County Health Department on the COVID response team and loved the job and the
Kristen enjoyed traveling, and spending time with her daughters. She loved being a mom more
than anything else. She selflessly took care of her three daughters and always volunteered to
drive to all practices and events, being the backbone of the family in handling their needs first.
She always wanted the best for other people to the point where she would never make a decision
on where to go out to eat, what to do for the weekend, etc., always wanting other people to
choose. She will be remembered for her love of life, enjoying the outdoors and time at the condo
in Keystone (her happy place), hiking, skiing, traveling, and spending time with family and
friends. She was the most loving, supportive, caring, and selfless woman. She cared deeply for
her family and always tried to make everyone feel special.
Kristen was active with many organizations. She was a member of the National Charity League
to spend time with her daughters while giving back to the community. She later became a board
member of National Charity League Elevation Chapter. She also loved to play tennis with her
ladies Highlands Ranch tennis team and made many friends. Through her encouragement, Ellie
and Lexie have played tennis through their high school years and all spent many days playing
together. Additionally, she participated in a St. Marks book club since 2002 and cultivated great
friendships. Her favorite weekend activity was going to the mountains with her family and dogs,
as well as attending CU football games with Chris and the girls and Broncos football games with
her parents and brothers.
Kristen passed away October 2, 2022 peacefully at home following a battle with colon cancer
fully showing her exceptional strength. During her battle with cancer it was evident how many
people truly loved her and the lives she impacted by the number of people who reached out to
give her strength and offer love and support. Her legacy is her husband, Chris Stolley, and
daughters Katelyn, Ellie, and Lexie as well as her parents, Wayne and Linda Holladay, and her
brothers Scott (Jennifer), and Chad (Tami) Holladay. She was consistently surrounded by friends
and family that loved her and will be remembered that way.
We are holding a private service at Seven Stones Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that you donate to the American Cancer Society in Kristen’s name at