Betty Nell Coker Holdsambeck

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A memorial service for Betty Nell Coker Holdsambeck, 88, will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 7, 2016, at Anniston Bible Church with Pastor Bob St. John officiating. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service at the church. Betty passed away peacefully on the morning of October 4, 2016. Though she was born in Gary, Indiana, Betty spent virtually her entire life in Alabama with her family, living several years in Lincoln before settling in Gadsden, where she graduated from Emma Sansom High School in 1945. She went on to graduate with a bachelor's degree in Home Economics from the University of Alabama, following which she entered The Baptist Hospital School of Nursing, graduating as a registered nurse in 1950. It was during this period she met Robert Wendell Holdsambeck, whom she married in 1951. By 1956, the couple and their three young children had settled for good in Anniston. Betty distinguished herself in at least three ways during her life. First, as a nurse - she served with distinction as a nurse at Fort McClellan and the Anniston Army Depot for many years, retiring in the early 1980s. Secondly, as a church member and worker - everyone who knew her knew of her rock-solid faith in Jesus Christ. Betty taught children's classes for many years at both Parker Memorial Baptist Church and Anniston Bible Church, influencing many lives. Lastly, as a mother - Betty's passion, her very heartbeat, was for her children, and later her grand and great-grandchildren, who were never very far from her heart and prayers. She is preceded in death by her husband, Wendell Holdsambeck; parents, Fletcher and Florence Coker; and her sister, Genevieve Coker Hill. Survivors include her son, Samuel Holdsambeck and his wife, Frances; daughters, Anna Maltese and Kate Upchurch and her husband, Kenneth; four grandchildren, Mitchell Upchurch, Rachael Upchurch, Mark Holdsambeck and Michael Holdsambeck; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Sara Gibbs and Mary Holdsambeck, and several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Anniston Bible Church Missions Fund, 3230 Coleman Road, Anniston, AL 36207, or to the Salvation Army. Online condolences may be made to the family at K.L. Brown Memory Chapel 620 Golden Springs Road Anniston, AL 36207 256-231-2334
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Anniston, AL 36207
(256) 231-2334
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Published in The Anniston Star on Oct. 6, 2016