SAN ANGELO: Betty Ann Holt (formerly of Dallas), 78, passed away on November 26, 2023. A graveside service will be held on Sunday, December 3, 2023, in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery on CR 190 Eastland County at 1:00pm. Funeral services in care of her nephew's funeral home, Fry-Smith Funeral Home, Tuscola.
Betty Ann blessed this world on January 28, 1945, in Abilene. She was born to Harry and Mary Clark (Sturdivant) Holt, waiting for her arrival was her older sister Mary Jo. When her favorite Uncle came home from WWII and saw her for the first time, he laughed and called her "Butch" (because of her dark hair was standing straight up). It was a nickname that she kept until her passing.
She grew up in Abilene where she attended school. While in high school, she was lucky to become an Abilene High Cheerleader, cheering the Eagles to victory. Upon graduation in 1963, Betty Ann, along with her parents, loaded up the one-horse trailer and headed to Texas Tech University. While in her college years she spent one summer in Hawaii, and as she traveled back to Texas Tech she was thrilled to be asked if she had ever visited the "mainland" because she was so suntan. She graduated from Texas Tech with a Bachelors of Education. She later attended SMU and graduated with a Masters.
Dallas was in her calling, and after moving to Big D, she quickly went to work as a teacher. She later retired from Dallas ISD as a P.E. teacher.
She was active in civic and college organizations. She was a proud Tri Delta at Tech and was very active in the Republican Women's Club of Dallas.
Her favorite pastime was watching the Dallas Cowboys, caring for her dog Duke, and the remote to the TV. She also always enjoyed remodeling projects in her home.
She is survived by her sister, Mary Jo Smith-Mayfield and her husband Stanley of San Angelo; her nephew and niece that loved having an Aunt Butch, Matt Smith and his wife Rachel of Tuscola, Leigh Ann Smith and her wife Sara of Pagosa Springs, Colorado; cousins Charles Meadows and his wife Carolyn of Lubbock, Tommy Dyess of Nolan, Jimmy Sturdivant and wife Sandy of Oklahoma.
Betty Ann is preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law Jerry Smith.
In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Dallas Animal Services, 818 N Westmoreland Rd, Dallas TX, 75212.