1927 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Betty Jane Holloway passed away in Bakersfield on September 17, 2016
surrounded by her loving family. Born Elizabeth Jane Propeck on March 6, 1927 in Los Angeles, California to Joseph W. and Rena Burson Propeck, Betty was the "last chance" daughter her parents were surprised with ten years after the birth of their only son, John Joseph "Jack".
Betty attended first through twelfth grades and graduated from St. Mary's Academy in 1945 then attended Mount St. Mary's College for two years before transferring to her beloved University of Southern California, from which she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in 1949. While attending USC, Betty was active in Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. Betty met and married Albert H. Holloway after his graduation from USC in 1950 while she finished her student teaching and obtained her state teaching credential.
Betty and Al moved to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina for a short time while he served in the United States Marine Corps. The first of their six children, Albert Sherman Holloway II was born in Los Angeles upon their return to California. The family then moved to the Delano area where Al worked in his family-owned business and their daughter Joanne Elizabeth and son Scott Michael were born.
After moving to Wasco, California in 1957, Betty became active in Wasco Women's Club and St. John's School Parents Club as her family continued to grow with the births of daughters Nancy Suzanne then Stacy Marie. Her son Christopher Joseph evened the score of 3 boys, 3 girls in 1966. During her housewife years, Betty occasionally substituted in local schools until her youngest son reached third grade. Betty then accepted a teaching position at Maple School District a few miles from her home in Wasco on the outskirts of Shafter, CA.
Betty taught a variety of different grade levels during her tenure with Maple School, mainly third and/or fourth grade. She loved teaching kids to read, knowing that she had ignited in them a life-long passion. She especially enjoyed teaching her fourth graders about the California Missions and our rich state history. Betty remained active in the Wasco Festival of Roses Garden Show, Maple School Community Club, St. John's School and Catholic Church, St. John's Altar Society and Beta Zeta chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, the International Society for Key Women Educators. Betty was honored with induction into the Kern County Teacher Hall of Fame in 1992.
Betty remained a teacher at Maple School until semi-retirement, when she became a part-time remedial reading specialist working with students from all grade levels K-8th until the age of 83 when budget restrictions forced her into full retirement. She loved reading for personal pleasure, watching her hummingbirds, playing bridge with her friends, trips to her favorite place in the world, Lake Tahoe, and cheering on her beloved USC Trojans. She was a USC Football season ticket holder for over 40 years who loved to tailgate, sip merlot and shake her pompoms! Fight On, Mom!
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, brother Jack and his wife Margie, and her former spouse, Al Holloway. Betty leaves behind her children and their spouses: Sherman Holloway, Joanne and David Turnipseed, Scott and Debbie Holloway, Nancy Holloway, Stacy and David Cargill, Chris and Staci Holloway. Betty's grandchildren and great-grandchildren will miss her dearly: Jennifer and Patrick Ledergerber and their son Damian & Baby on the way, Julianna Turnipseed, Nicholas Holloway, Lance Corporal Nathan Holloway USMC, Brian Holloway and Patrick Holloway; her niece, Mary Elizabeth Propeck and nephews, John Propeck and Tim Propeck. Special thanks goes to Mom's loving and loyal caregivers and their families, Linda Powell and Sharon Johns.
Recitation of the Rosary and Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, September 24th at 9:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 124 Columbus Street, Bakersfield, California. Interment will be private.
Published in Bakersfield Californian from Sept. 22 to Sept. 23, 2016
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