Hermona Holdaway was named after her parents Herman and Donna. Hermona attended Snow College after graduating from high school. She married Glade Holdaway, had children, and attended Utah State University, Chabot College, BYU Salt Lake Center, and BYU.
In 1976, as the mother of four, she graduated with a degree in education from BYU. Hermona says, “It had taken me 18 years to graduate from college, the same amount of time it took to graduate from high school.” She enjoyed teaching first, second, and fourth grades. She was close to her students and continues to communicate with several of them. Now retired, the Holdaways divide their time between Utah and Arizona but remain avid BYU fans.