Wrisley Funeral Home
90 Sugarloaf Street, South Deerfield, MA 01373
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- Elizabeth A. "Betty" Hollingsworth

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Dec.14th at 9:15AM from the Wrisley Funeral Home, Sugarloaf Street, South Deerfield followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10:00AM in Holy Family Church with Fr. Jonathan Reardon, pastor, officiating . Burial will be in Brookside Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Tuesday from 5-7:00PM. The Rosary Confraternity will recite the Rosary Tuesday evening at 5:00PM at the funeral home

SOUTH DEERFIELD - Elizabeth A. "Betty" Hollingsworth, 87, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 9th, 2016 after an extended illness. She was born in Hatfield, MA on December 11, 1928 to Philip and Susie (Hayes) Harris. She graduated from Deerfield High School in 1946 and attended Northampton Commercial College for two years. Betty was employed for 39 years within the Frontier Regional (Deerfield High School) School District/School Union 38 in various positions and retired as the Business Manager and Treasurer.

 

Betty devoted much of her life to volunteering in the community. She was a founding member of the Greenfield Figure Skating Club and served as an instructor for many years. She served as the Coordinator of the BLIND Ski Program at Mt Tom for 28 years, Treasurer of Catholic Charities for St. James Church (So. Deerfield) for 37 years, Chairman of the Deerfield Unit of the Salvation Army for 12 years, Secretary of the Deerfield High School Reunion Association for 28 years, USO volunteer in the 1950s and again over the last 6 years, member of the Deerfield Memorial Day Committee including a key role in the sub- committee for the Deerfield Veterans’ Street Sign Project. Additionally, she wrote the Santa Claus reply letters to local children for the South Deerfield Post Office for 56 years until the program was discontinued in 2008.

 

She was a year-round swimmer and served as a certified lifeguard in her youth and again in her later years until the age of 86. She enjoyed skating, attending tag sales with her friends, genealogy, photo re-creation, traveling, skiing, and cooking. In her youth, Betty figure skated in many ice shows across New England. In retirement, prior to her husband’s death, they enjoyed regular trips to their western Tennessee vacation home to spend time with his family. She was also a breast cancer survivor.

 

Betty was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Thomas G. Hollingsworth, in 2009, her brother Donald Harris, her brother John Harris and his wife Judy, her infant brother Gerald Harris, and her niece Shannon (Harris) Ryder. She is survived by her son, Thomas L. Hollingsworth and his life partner Migdalia Ayala, her sister-in-law Alice (Childs) Harris, nieces and nephews J. C. Harris and his wife Jenny, Daniel Harris, Sandi Harris-Graves and her husband Michael, Christopher Harris, Robyn Harris, Shane Harris and his wife Valorie, and former daughter-in-law Elizabeth Fitz. Betty received and appreciated considerable help from her niece, Robyn Harris, in her later years.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Dec.14th at 9:15AM from the Wrisley Funeral Home, Sugarloaf Street, South Deerfield followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10:00AM in Holy Family Church with Fr. Jonathan Reardon, pastor, officiating . Burial will be in Brookside Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Tuesday from 5-7:00PM. The Rosary Confraternity will recite the Rosary Tuesday evening at 5:00PM at the funeral home.

 

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to South County Rescue Vehicle Fund c/o The South Deerfield Fire Department; or USO c/o Director, 100 Walker Avenue, Chicopee, MA 01022; or Holy Family Church Building Renovation Fund, 29 Sugarloaf Street, So. Deerfield, MA 01373.

Expressions of sympathy are available at : www.wrisleyfuneralhome.com