Aug. 22, 1927 - Nov. 4, 2013
BILLINGS, Mont. — Betty (Keeley) Holderman, 86, passed away early Monday morning, Nov. 4, 2013, at St. John’s Lutheran Ministries in Billings from complications of a stroke.
Betty was born Aug. 22, 1927, in South Bend, Ind., to Edward and Mildred (Ferm) Keeley. She was the widow of Bob Holderman, who passed away in 2007. Both grew up in Elkhart, Ind., and spent many years returning for EHS reunions.
Betty is survived by her two daughters, Susan Keller of Billings and Nancy Artley (John Artley) of Swoope, Va. She has numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Sean and Jordan Keller and their children, Bella, Wyatt and Westyn, in Ben Lomond, Calif.; Nancy and John’s children, Sarah and My Luong, and daughter Olivia, all of Virginia; Keith and Leslie Artley and children Eli and Kylie Artley, all of Virginia; and Mike Artley and Nicole Bridges and son Aidan, all of Virginia. Betty has a brother, Ed Keeley of Elkhart; and her niece, Karen (Keeley) Carter of Escondido, Calif.
Betty enjoyed a wonderful family reunion this past summer at the Outer Banks in North Carolina with her family.
If you knew our mother then you know there will be no service, but we can celebrate her life well-lived. We ask you just simply to lift her up in thought and prayer. If you desire to make a donation in her memory, we can suggest two: Virgin Valley Community Food Bank, 1427 Harbour Drive, Mesquite, NV 89027, in c/o Gladys Smith, or St. John’s Lutheran Ministries, 3940 Rimrock Road, Billings, MT 59102.
Betty had wonderful care in her final months and the family will keep St. John’s in our grateful prayers. Our mother had high adventures with our dad. From motor homes in the mountains of Colorado to Thanksgiving parties on houseboats, Betty greeted each experience with her indomitable spirit, grit and a smile. They gave us wonderful stories — shared time and again — laughter and truly amazing friends from all over these United States. Betty loved living in Mesquite, Nev., and she loved being part of The Thrift Shop Girls. She loved lunches with her girlfriends and reading good paperbacks. And she loved her dog, Dirty Harry. What she didn’t like was someone to notice her, but we did and her beautiful spirit will stay with us always.