Betty Jane Hollandsworth Jackson

Betty's life was marked by three passions, the first being her family. She regularly gathered family from near and far for fantastic feasts, to eat together and to learn to love and care for one another. Her second passion, teaching first graders for more than 30 years, took place mostly at McKinley Elementary School west of Fresno. Her students will remember making life-sized animal paper mache sculptures, filming their stories, and holding an annual pet show, along with the high standards she set for their mastery of fundamental skills. In pursuit of her third passion, family history, Betty meticulously researched books that sold out several issues and are still sought after. Copies can be found in genealogical libraries across the nation. Her last book dealt with the lives, the families, and the communities of British ancestors who arrived in Colonial Maryland in 1639. Betty Jane Hollandsworth was born September 20, 1930 in Copan, OK to Bert and Mabel Hollandsworth. She died September 6, 2016 at age 85 in Fresno CA. Survivors include Wayland, her husband of 62 years; their daughter Holly Thompson (and John) of Ecuador; their son Leigh of Florida, their son John Charles and their daughter Penny Hilton (and Gayland) of Fresno, their son Randy Jackson (and Keith Kiley) of Hawaii; her brother John Hollandsworth and sister Carolyn Anderson of Oklahoma, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, as well as many extended family members. Friends are invited to join the family in a Memorial for Betty at the family home on Sunday afternoon, September 11, 2016, between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. -

(daughter of Bert T. of Eathan A. of Isam M. of Isam M. of William of Vincent of William)

Note: Betty was the expert on the Hollandsworth family, and the books that she published on that branch of our family are the standard.


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