Miss Moneda E. Key/
Mrs. Moneda K. Holman

b. 14 Sep 1932 - Roanoke, VA
d. 23 Aug 2002 - Miami FL

Longwood College, B. A.

Co-Sponsor of the Senior Class of 1957; Co-Sponsor of the Senior Class of 1958

  "Left to right: Mrs. Margaret Parker, the French teacher; Miss Elma Free, the Latin teacher; and Miss Moneda Key, the Spanish teacher, make their courses more interesting by looking up information in the library."      
1955 Anchor, p. 12 1956 Anchor, p. 10 1957 Anchor, p. 12 1957 Anchor, p. 25 1958 Anchor, p. 18
 05/18/04  05/18/04  05/18/04  05/18/04  05/18/04

With nothing better to do on a Thursday evening, I thought I would try to find Moneda Key.

I won't bore you with process. Here are the data:

Moneda E. Key was born 14 Sep 1932 and married Hillis R. Holman in June 1963 in Dade County FL.

Moneda K. Holman  died 23 Aug 2002 at Miami FL.

Here is most of her obituary:

Miami Herald, The (FL) - August 26, 2002

MONEDA KEY HOLMAN died after a 7 year courageous battle with cancer on August 23, 2002. A veteran of Dade County Public Schools, having taught Spanish at Ponce de Leon Junior High and Coral Gables Senior High Schools for 35 years, a career she loved. Moneda was born in Roanoke, VA on Sept. 14, 1932. She is a graduate of Longwood College in VA. She is survived by her husband, Hillis R. Holman and 2 step-children, Robert L. Holman of Clearwater and Rebecca E. Swain of N.C....

Her husband is still listed in the online phone directory:

Holman, Hillis

2827 Sherbrooke Ln
Palm Harbor, FL 34684-2546

(727) 787-0747

- Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/22/07
WOWZERS!!!  Thanks, Dave!

ere is a real find.  In 1958, the Anchor Staff went to New York, as was their custom.  I am forwarding a picture of three beautiful young ladies and the class sponsor, Miss Moneda Key.  They dined at Jack Dempsey's Restaurant in New York. 


The picture was given to me for my collection by Helen Flax Kierstead ('58) of Ontario.  She and the others lovelies are all from the N.N.H.S. class of 1958. They are, L to R:  Helen Flax (sister of Tom Flax - '64 - of VA and Joel Flax), Miss Moneda Key (Spanish Teacher and class sponsor), Sandy Mirmelstein (sister of Eddie - '62 and daughter of Dr. Sam, who delivered me) and Frances Lawson.  All would qualify to be "Dawn Lovelies". 

I was so honored that Helen Flax Kierstead donated this picture which is in an attractive restaurant promotional folder.  Helen gave the picture to me when I did a memorabilia display for her class 50 year reunion last year.  It was a great experience to be there.  My sister Mary Anne Mays Davis was also in this class.

- Fred Mays ('60) of VA - 07/22/09
  Thank you so much, Fred!

Today, while reminiscing about my teachers, I found your web page on Miss Moneda Key, whom I knew as Mrs. Holman. I am so sorry to hear that she is no longer with us, and I would like to share a few memories with your alumni community.

From 1983 to 1985, I was her student in Spanish 1 and 2 at Ponce de Leon Junior High in Coral Gables, Florida. She was an amazing teacher who made Spanish easy for us to learn. One year, for an art project, I made a copy of Picasso's Don Quixote in ink, and she kept it posted on her wall for years. Amid south Florida's rich mix of accents, Mrs. Holman's sweet Virginia drawl stood out as an endearing wellspring of humorous sayings, including: "I've been teaching since you were knee-high to a grasshopper" and "I'm so mad I'm gonna stand on my head and spit BBs." 
Living in the Miami area, many of us learned to speak fluent Spanish and used it throughout our lives. In my case, I went on to take AP Spanish from one of Mrs. Holman's former students. I minored in Spanish in college, spent my senior year of college studying medieval Spanish literature in Madrid, and have used Spanish frequently for my career in educational policy and research. Many thanks to Mrs. Holman for being our teacher.
-Ted Myers - 08/19/18
WOWZERS! Thank you so much, Tim!

My sister,  the Best Dressed Girl in the Class of 1959, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky of NC, had Miss Key for her homeroom teacher, and always spoke highly of her.
I had anticipated meeting her when I entered high school (even though I had no intention of taking Spanish), but alas, by the time I arrived in the Spring of 1960, she had already moved to Florida.

The Rain in Spain

(My Fair Lady)

Servants Poor Professor Higgins!
Poor Professor Higgins! Night and day
He slaves away! Oh, poor Professor Higgins!
All day long On his feet; Up and down until he's numb;
Doesn't rest; Doesn't eat;
Doesn't touch a crumb! Poor Professor Higgins!
Poor Professor Higgins! On he plods Against all odds;
Oh, poor Professor Higgins! Nine p.m. Ten p.m.
On through midnight ev'ry night.
One a.m. Two a.m. Three...! Quit, Professor Higgins!
Quit, Professor Higgins! Hear our plea
Or payday we Will quit, Professor Higgins!
Ay not I, O not Ow, Pounding pounding in our brain.
Ay not I, O not Ow, Don't say "Rine," say "Rain"...
Eliza The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain!
Henry By George, she's got it! By George, she's got it!
Now, once again where does it rain? Eliza On the plain!
On the plain! Henry And where's that soggy plain?
Eliza In Spain! In Spain! The three
The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain!
The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain! Henry
In Hartford, Hereford, and Hampshire...?
Eliza Hurricanes hardly happen.
How kind of you to let me come! Henry
Now once again, where does it rain?
Eliza On the plain! On the plain! Henry
And where's that blasted plain?
Eliza In Spain! In Spain! The three
The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain!
The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain!

"The Rain in Spain" lyrics courtesy of http://www.lyricsondemand.com/soundtracks/m/myfairladylyrics/theraininspainlyrics.html,
 at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/18/04
Thanks, Dave!

"The Rain in Spain" midi courtesy of http://www.hamienet.com/midi7810.html,
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/13/04
Thanks again, Dave!

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