HOLT, Mrs. Helen Beaty, On December 21, 2020, as promised by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Helen went to be with her beloved Lord. While we mourn her passing and she will be greatly missed, we rejoice in the knowledge of her presence in Heaven.
Helen, formerly of Richmond, Va., and at the time of her death a resident of Shannondale in Maryville, Tenn., was born on March 17, 1931 in Lee County, Va. and raised in Hagan Holler. Helen was the widow of Calvin Lowry Holt. She was preceded in death by her father, Samuel McDonald Beaty; and mother, Willie Frank Lawson Beaty. Also preceding her in death were her sisters, Marie Beaty Chance and Jannette Beaty. Her surviving siblings are Billy Sam Beaty, Donald Beaty and Jan Rose Eads.
Also surviving Helen are her daughter, Linda H. Rutherford (Tommy) of Maryville, Tenn; and son, David Lowry Holt (Martha) of Dunnsville, Va. In addition, she leaves behind four grandchildren, Thomas H. Rutherford (Danielle), Elizabeth R. Griffin (Josh), Helen B. Holt (Tim) and Samuel Ritchie Holt. Helen also has eight great-grandchildren who will lovingly remember their Nanaw. Helen had many nieces and nephews and was particularly close to Susan Chance Chipouras and Debbie Chance Helms. Helen also leaves behind her special friend and late in life travel partner, Buck Lambdin.
Helen passed away peacefully at Rutherford Hill Farm with her daughter by her side. The entire family was thankful that in this time of COVID-19, Linda provided her wonderful care and shelter in a loving environment where she could be visited by family and friends.
After graduating from Thomas Walker High School in 1948, Helen matriculated at Lincoln Memorial University for two years. In 1950, she married Lowry Holt and they made their home in Maryville, where Lowry worked for ALCOA and Linda was born. A job change for Lowry, to Reynolds Metals, eventually led to the family moving to Richmond in 1955. Raising her family was Helen's priority for the next 15 years.
Significant influences in her life were her "Granny Beaty" and Aunt Maude Bull. Granny, who was widowed at a young age and had three young children, had a long career as a station agent at Hagan for the L&N railroad. Aunt Maude was a successful business woman and entrepreneur in Maryville. Both were unique for their time. Those influences contributed to Helen resuming her education in the late 1960s at RPI (now VCU), where she received her bachelor's degree and two master's degrees. Helen's professional career was with the Virginia Department of Corrections. Among other jobs with the department, Helen was a longtime Assistant Superintendent at Beaumont and Barrett Learning Centers. After her retirement, she greatly enjoyed her work each year with the Virginia State Legislature.
Helen's greatest passion, after her love of God, was travel and she was quite the globe trotter and a member of the Richmond based Friendship Force. With trips to all corners of the globe and a myriad of adventures, she had plenty of experiences to share. A few of the highlights were travelling on the Trans-Siberian railroad, hiking up Mount Kilimanjaro and trekking in the Himalayas. She traveled well into her 80s with recent trips to the Northwest states, Australia and Tibet and China.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 1627 Monument Avenue, Richmond, Va. 23220 or Houston Memorial Presbyterian Church, 813 Front Street, Maryville, Tenn. 37804.
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Published by Richmond Times-Dispatch on Jan. 10, 2021.