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09/02/12 - NNHS Newsletter -
Betty R. Holbrook

Betty R. Holbrook
(d. 29 Aug 2012)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   There is more sad news this Sunday.  
 Betty R. Holbrook, mother of the late    Dennis Holbrook, Class of 1964 (18 May 1946 - 23 Jan 2003), passed away on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 in Newport News at the age of 90.  Her husband,     Cliff Holbrook (d. 08 Nov 2009), preceded her in death almost three years ago.

From the Daily Press - 09/02/12:

              Betty R. Holbrook



NEWPORT NEWS - Betty R. Holbrook, 90, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. She was a native of Ashland, Ky., and a longtime resident of Newport News. She was deeply devoted to her family, who will greatly miss her.

Betty had a tremendous love for children and retired after 25 years of service as manager of Sears toy department. She was a member of Northside Christian Church.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Clifford A. Holbrook; son, Dennis A. Holbrook; three sisters and one brother.

Survivors include her grandchildren, Jason and Lea Holbrook, and Melissa and Steve Adair; great-grandchildren, Lauren and Sydney Holbrook; nephew, Clyde Holbrook; niece, Shirley Holbrook; and many other family members throughout the country.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4, at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. with Larry Jones, Minister, officiating. Interment will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park.


Betty R. Holbrook



In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.11835 Canon Blvd., Suite A-102, Newport News, VA 23606.  View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from September 2 to September 3, 2012.
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September 02, 2012

Jason and Lea; Melissa and Steve: So very sorry to hear about Mamaw. She was a wonderful, sweet, generous lady. Billy and I loved her too. Will never forget when we went to see Alan Jackson. She LOVED her country music. She is happy now with Papaw and Dennis and you must find great joy in knowing that. Blessings, peace, and comfort to all of you. Penney

~ Penney Martin, Yorktown, Virginia

September 02, 2012
We were so sorry to hear about Betty's passing, she was a wonderful neighbor and friend for 34 years. She has joined Cliff and Dennis in heaven now and will be one of the newest Guardian Angels as she watches over those she loves. May you find comfort in knowing how much people loved her and that she is peaceful in the arms of our Lord. Our love, prayers and sympathy to the family.

~ Sue & Tom Shull, Newport New, Virginia

September 03, 2012
My thoughts are with Betty's Family....I worked with Betty for many years and what a special lady... She was respected and loved by all the Sears Family. We all worked in the "Good Old Days at Sears"; she was a friend to all.

Margaret Tolly ( Sears Family)

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  Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Holbrook family and their friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Be Thou My Vision

Irish Hymn, c. 8th century

Translated by Mary Elizabeth Byrne (02 July 1880 - 19 Jan 1931), 1905

Versified by Eleanor Henrietta Hull (15 Jan 1860 - 13 Jan 1935), 1912

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
Thou my soulís Shelter, Thou my high Tower:
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.

Riches I heed not, nor manís empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heavenís joys, O bright Heavenís Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

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