Cricket Hollenbeck was born on September 20, 1952 in Corpus Christi, Texas to her parents, Joanna & Michael. She attended Costa Mesa high school, and grew up in Orange County, California. As a teen, Cricket loved to spend her days at the beach, swimming and surfing with her friends. After high school, she moved to Humboldt County and began her lifelong career in healthcare.

She met her now ex- husband, Loni Hollenbeck, in 1979, and together, they opened a care facility for developmentally disabled adults in the quaint, beach community of King Salmon. In 1985, they had their only child, Antonia “Toni” Baya, who now resides in Colorado with her husband and their two children.

Cricket went on to work at another care facility in Eureka until 2017 when she then took on her final job as an in-home care provider to two clients. She was a true caretaker and loved every one of the people whom she provided care to over the years. She devoted her life to looking after others, even at the detriment of her own health. She was the hardest working person that many had ever known, and she never missed a day of work in her life.

She loved animals, the beach, music, Mexican food, antique furniture, eclectic jewelry, road trips and a good margarita.

Cricket is survived by her daughter, Toni Baya, her son in law, Kevan Baya, and her granddaughters, Alexia and Gianna. Also, her sister, Julie Cartier, her ex-husband, Loni Hollenbeck and her caregiver of over six years, Randee Shwaika.


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