|Betty Ann (Rush) Holm passed away on July 6, 2019 in Mesa, AZ. She was born to Glenn and Thelma Rush on February 25, 1934 on her grandparents’ farm in Lincoln County SD, the eldest of six children. She married Dean Holm, her high school sweetheart, on June 20, 1952 at the age of 18. Betty and Dean recently celebrated 67 years of a committed and loving marriage. The first of their six children arrived the year following their wedding, and all were born within a seven year time period. She was a very devoted and loving wife and mother.
Betty worked for the Forest Service, first at the Forestry Sciences Laboratory and later in Personnel in Missoula, MT. She completed her career in 1989 at the age of 55 after twenty-two years with the Federal Government. She was a wonderful employee and was greatly missed upon her retirement.
Betty’s numerous hobbies kept her active throughout her life, many of which she enjoyed to the fullest during her 30 year retirement. She loved to garden and canned the produce for her family to enjoy year round. Betty was a great seamstress and also knitted prayer shawls for her church to distribute to those needing comfort during a difficult time. She enjoyed Bible Studies, ceramics, playing cards, and going to plays and other cultural events. She and Dean were highly sought after Round Dance instructors and attended numerous dance festivals. Betty and Dean traveled extensively after retirement, including cruises, RV trips, and going to Hawaii and Europe. Betty’s great interest in genealogy took them to Norway where she learned much about her family history.
Betty and Dean divided their time after retirement between Montana and Arizona, permanently settling in Mesa, AZ in 2015. Her church families in both locations were very dear to her, Immanuel Lutheran Church in Missoula, MT and Love of Christ Lutheran Church in Mesa, AZ.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, brother William (Bill) Rush, grandsons Jeremy Hamma and Brent Johnson, and son-in-law Brad Stoneking. She is survived by her husband and the love of her life, Dean, her children Vicky (Steve) Harris, Randy (Deb) Holm, Deanna Stoneking, Steve (Carla) Holm, Jeff (Theresa) Holm and Laurie (Jim) Johnson, along with 13 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. Betty will also be greatly missed by her sisters Marilyn (Tom) Simmons, Marlys (Bob) Newcomb, Judy Monson and Linda (Jim) Sanden, sister-in-law Chris Rush, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends.
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In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorials be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Love of Christ Lutheran Church, Sunshine Acres Children’s Home in Mesa, AZ or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
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