Betty Holladay

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(Mother, Grandmaw Betty, Memaw, Betty, Ms. Betty)

Aug. 27,1934-Jan. 13,2013

Betty was born in 1934 in Waukegan (Conroe) Texas. She left this world to join her beloved husband R.J. Holladay in Heaven on Sunday, January 13, 2013.

Betty was a life-long resident of Conroe. She came from a group of Kelley's that moved here in the early 1900's. Her grandparents were Martin and Alma Kelley. They owned the property now called Groceville at that time. Only 2 parcels of the original land are still in that family. Betty was a 3rd generation Kelley. There are now 6 generations. Betty was the daughter of George Washington Kelley and Eurelia Irene Tanner Kelley. She had one sister Opal Louise Kelley Grafft and one brother Thomas Martin Kelley. They all preceded her in death. They are all buried in The New Bethlehem Cemetery in Groceville that her late Grandfather provided the land for. He thought at that time he would be the first to die and wanted a place to be buried. So he donated the land. He wasn't the first. His youngest son Raymond Kelley's wife was.

Betty's family and Betty will be remembered as poineers in many things. Her grandparents loved to have parties and invited everyone on weekends to come out to the old home place and have fun with games, ice cream and more. They were the first ones to have natural gas lights in this area.

Betty was the first woman dispatcher of the Montgomery County Sheriff Department. In the 1950's and also the first woman deputy sheriff in this area. She later became the dispatcher for the Conroe Police Department in the late 1950's too. She was the first women in Conroe to know how to do EEG (brain wave Test) at the Old Montgomery Hospital on First Street in the 1970's. Betty became the first woman roustabout for Exxon Oil in the late 70's and 80's. In the late 70's she became the first owner of a craft store in the area. It became her second job and passion till in the 1983's there about. This was part of a franchise called American Handicraft. This was long before Michaels or Hobby Lobby even thought of this area for stores. She was a person who was always willing to try something new. She did her best to succeed at what she tried and usually did.

When Betty became sick, she had not been in the hospital since the birth of her daughter in 1951. She was diagnosed with dementia in late 2010. This later was found to be Lewy Bodies, a more severe form of dementia that takes only 3-5 years to end a person's life instead of 10-20 years with Alzheimer's. From then on it was a downward spiral with many trips back and forth to the hospital with falls. Her last and final visit was December of 2012 due to a fall. She had a terrible fall that night and injured her brain and she had a bleed inside the brain at that time. It led to her death on January 13, 2013 at 8:15 am.

Betty leaves behind a daughter Wanda Blair Holladay Jordan and husband Tommy, one granddaughter Tiffany Jordan Barrentine and her husband Terry and one great-granddaughter Morgan Barrentine. The family would like to thank the Heritage Oaks Care-partners in Memory Care for their kind ways with Betty. They would like to thank C.D. Couch, Jennie and Rose Marie for all their medical care and Odyssey House group for their help in Betty's last days.

Betty was a member of West Conroe Baptist Church and a Memorial Service there is to be announced at a later date.

Betty wishes were that her body would be donated to science to better help others. She felt like being buried was a waste of money. That the expense for bugs to have you was an extreme waste. (her words) She felt like if anyone could benefit from her donating her body to science that was the way to go. Her Mission was accomplished. Her body was donated to the University of Houston Medical branch and an autopsy was performed to confirm her disease at the time. Her ashes will be deposited with her family at The New Bethlehem Cemetery in Groceville.

You can leave comments and memories for generations to come at the following email address ([email protected]). The family would love to hear the stories about how Betty affected their lives. This will be a tribute to all who knew her and loved her greatly.


Published on yourconroenews.com from Aug. 28 to Sept. 10, 2013