Betty Lou Holeman

Born: Thu., Jul. 4, 1929
Died: Sat., Apr. 2, 2011

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Betty Lou Holeman died peacefully and surrounded by her family on Saturday, April 2, 2011 at St. Anthony Hospital. Viewing will be held at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton on Friday, April 8, 2011, between the hours of 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Funeral Services will be held at the Vert Auditorium on Saturday, April 9, 2011, at 10:00 AM, with burial following at Olney Cemetery. Mrs. Holeman was born on the Fourth of July in 1929 in Pilot Rock, Oregon, one of two daughters to Albert and Bertha Hemphill Pollock. She was raised in Pendleton most of her life, but also lived in Central Oregon, and graduated from Hood River High School, where the family moved due to her father's employment with Pacific Power and Light. Betty attended college at the University of Oregon where she pledged Alpha Chi Omega sorority, and studied to become an Art Major. In 1951, she married Emile Holeman, her friend from Hawthorne Grade School, and the couple would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this April 14, 2011. Together, they had five children, three girls and two boys. Their first daughter, Terrie Lynne Holeman, died at the age of two from leukemia. Betty was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, and believed her greatest calling in life was the raising of her children. She was an accomplished seamstress and artist, and used those skills sewing clothes for her children, costumes for the Oregon Trail Sesquicentennial Celebration, decorating for the Cotillion, Kill Kare, and high school graduations, and putting together displays for the Umatilla County Historical Society, where she volunteered for twenty years. Betty loved history, especially local Native American and Oregon Trail history, and was a Pendleton First Citizen. Her hobbies included sewing, cooking, gardening, Indian beading, and her "Sew What's" group. Betty's adventuresome spirit took her rafting on the Colorado River, traveling to France and Spain, camping and rafting the Deschutes River with her family, and to their Tollgate cabin. She became an avid sports fan, and loved following her children and grandchildren's sporting events. Betty Lou was always up for a good time. Betty was preceded in death by her daughter, her sister Bonnie Enbysk, and her parents. Betty is survived by her husband Emile, daughters Marla Royal and her husband Mark, Amy Freeman and husband Dale, sons Mike Holeman and wife Stacey, Eric Holeman and wife Kathy, 15 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren. Memorial contributions can be made to the Umatilla County Historical Society. Friends and family are invited to a celebration and memorial luncheon in the Vert Club Room following internment. Send condolences online at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.

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Kim Collins Morrow
   Posted Fri April 08, 2011
To the Holeman Family: I have such fond memories of your mother. I saw her last at Round-Up and she was, as always, warm, welcoming and beautiful. I'll be thinking of you all during this difficult time. Always, Kim Collins Morrow

Marla Charlton
   Posted Fri April 08, 2011
To the Holeman family, I will be out of town and unable to attend Betty Lou's services, but wanted you to know how sorry I am for your loss. She was a beautiful lady and touched many lives with her kindness. My thoughts are with you in the days ahead. Sincerely, Marla Phelps Charlton

Jim & Carol Thomson
   Posted Fri April 08, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. A special angel has ascended to heaven.

Don and Doreen Benschoter
   Posted Fri April 08, 2011
To Emile and family, All of you were always a favorite topic of conversation for Betty. Her face always lit up when talking about family. She was so proud of all of you and was so secure in your love for her. Our memories of her will always be bright, lovely, and comforting just as she always was.

Barbara Morrow Gibbs
   Posted Fri April 08, 2011
Dear Marla and Family, Please accept my condolences in the passing of Betty Lou. I will always remember how kind she was and so beautiful. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Barb

Glenda Sims & family
   Posted Fri April 08, 2011
We were very sad to hear of Betty's passing. We hope all the happy memories of Betty will help ease the pain. Betty will be miss by all who knew her. We will keep you all in our prayers and thoughts during this sad time.

Deborah Hayward
   Posted Mon April 11, 2011
Emile and family, My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. I am so sorry for your loss. Deborah Hayward

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   Posted Sat April 16, 2011
Amy and family I am sorry for your loss. I know the emptiness feeling. It will get better in time. Keep all the memories close and it does get better.. Praying for your family..

Roberta Crow Horton
   Posted Tue April 19, 2011
With deepest sympathy and a heartfelt wish for peace and comfort in the days ahead. She was a great lady and will be missed.

Jo LeVine
   Posted Wed April 27, 2011
I just wanted to say to Genna and her family that it was a BEAUTIFUL obituary, and that I know how crushed and connected my friend, Genna, was about losing her wonderful Grandma. What a great lady she was/is, and I wanted to recognize all the accomplishments she had in her life. I SO wish I would have known her. I am SO VERY SORRY for the WHOLE family, and know that you will cherish each and every memory of her. Please know that you will all continue to be in my thoughts. It is evident by the family relations that she had that she loved every one of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and that she has truly created a legacy for them that they can live by and pass on with each generation. I love you, Genna, and feel your pain - TRULY. To all of those who knew and loved her, stay strong, and pass on her MANY talents, love and morals to those who carry on in her name. Love, Jo

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