Born and raised in the Greek community in Alexandria, Egypt where she met her husband, a British soldier, Frank Holt, during WW2. She moved with her husband to England in 1946, making her home there and raising the couples’ two sons. Later she followed her son ,Gregory, to the USA to live with his family. The last decade of her life was lived to the fullest in the French Quarter where her daughter in law was Lucy Burnett, a well known singer. An active social life at home forged good friendships with many local musicians, particularly John Cleary and Zachary Richard. She enjoyed a favorite pastime of being taken to Jackson Square where she always requested the street musicians to play” Amazing Grace”. Of a generous and loving character, Anastasia was never bashful about reminding everyone that strong ties to ones family, friends and spiritual beliefs must be maintained on the journey through life. A short time before she passed away at the age of 97, Anastasia was seen teaching her friends Greek dancing on New Years Eve.
A NOMAF Memorial Fund was established in Anastasia Holt’s memory to support live music performances for the elderly in nursing homes and at community events.