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The Heavenly Choir gained a soprano this week when Betty Holt Elliott, 89,
passed away in Shelby, NC on December 22, 2020. She was born in Stanley
County on April 11, 1931, to the late Glen and Mary Holt. She is survived
by her children, Debbie (Bo) Johnson, Betsy (Rolly) Davis, Gwyn (Rusty)
Fuller, Deana (C.M.) Mode and Bobby (Margie) Wallace; beloved
grandchildren, Ashley (Kevin), Holly (C.D.), Erin, Allen, Savannah and
Robert, and great-grandchildren Caroline, Luke, Emerson, and Charli. She
is also survived by her late husband's daughters, Margaret Harper and
Sharon (Bob) Arnold; grandchildren Chuck (Crystal), Sherry (Rick), Michael
(Mory) and Bobby and great-grandchildren Ben and Lily. In addition to her
parents, Betty was preceded in death by her husband, J.W. Elliott, her
sister, Pat Brown, brothers Robert and David Holt, stepdaughter Linda
Wackerman and an infant son.

Betty grew up in Asheboro, NC and graduated from Appalachian State Teachers
College. She taught 1st grade and Kindergarten in Moore County, and found
much joy in her 44 years of teaching. She touched so many young lives, and
loved visiting with her former students. Betty was a skillful tennis
player, and introduced many Carthage residents to the game on her backyard
clay court, also winning many trophies along the way. Music was another
passion, and she served for over 50 years as the Choir Director of the
First Presbyterian Church in Carthage. How she loved her Church and her
Church Family. And her chocolate cake was legendary at Church picnics! Her
last musical position was leading a weekly session of "Sing-along-with
Betty" at Brookdale in Shelby.

But, far above everything, she was an amazing Mother and Grandmother. Even
while teaching full time, she never missed a sporting event or school
activity for her 5 children. "Grandma Betty" considered her
grandchildren a marvelous gift, and she made each one feel so special. How
they loved spending time with her on the front porch swing, or singing with
her at the piano.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the loving staff of
Brookdale Shelby, who cared for Betty as if she were family, and to Hospice
of Cleveland County.

The family will have a graveside service in Carthage in January, and hope
to be able to have a Celebration of Betty's life when conditions allow.

Memorials to honor Betty can be made to the First Presbyterian Church of
Carthage, P.O. Box 397, Carthage, NC 28327.
Fry & Prickett Funeral Home is assisting the Elliot family.

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