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Elizabeth C. Holt
  • December 30, 1939
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  • February 17, 2015

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      Elizabeth Louise Crane Holt December 30, 1939 – February 17, 2015             Born on December 30, 1939 in New York, New York, Betsy was the first child of Ruth Carrington Crane and George Levering Crane, M.D.  She lived briefly in Durham, North Carolina then moved to Orlando when her father was sent to Europe during WWII. After her parents parted ways and her mother remarried, Betsy moved to Winter Park where she enjoyed growing up with her sister and two brothers. While at Winter Park High School, Betsy, a beautiful and popular student, was a Wildcat cheerleader, was on the swim team and newspaper staff, and was active in many civic clubs. After high school, she went to Florida State University where, aside from her studies, she performed water ballet with the Tarpon Club. Little did she know the best was yet to come.           Betsy and Jim met at the Episcopal Student Center at FSU in March of 1958. It was truly love at first sight, and they married the following October in New York City. They began their fifty-seven year love story in Hialeah, Florida, where daughters Cathy and Susie were born. Jim’s new job brought them to Orlando in 1965 and to the house they have called home ever since.           Loving the Lord since she was a little girl, Betsy shared her many gifts with Emmanuel Episcopal Church. She graced us with her lovely voice in the choir, taught Bible school, served on the vestry and several Diocesan commissions, was a wedding advisor, and was a devoted member of the Altar Guild.           She volunteered countless hours with many civic organizations including Girls Scouts, Orlando Junior Sorosis, Orange Swim Association, Red Cross, Central Florida Pediatric Society and League of Women Voters. Betsy was able to share her love of cooking and caring for others by volunteering at Meals on Wheels and the Daily Bread and Fresh Start programs at the Christian Service Center.           Along with being a devoted wife and mother and being involved in church, community and social activities, Betsy went back to school and obtained her Associate Arts degree from Orlando Junior College in 1970 and her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Central Florida in 1990. These studies helped to fulfill her intellectual curiosity and, frankly, also helped her to beat Jim at Jeopardy on a regular basis.            She appeased her love of the arts, culture and history by traveling and especially loved Greece, Italy, France, England, Scotland and Ireland. More locally, she traveled the country with Jim and was also a camping enthusiast who always made each trip amazing fun for the whole family.           Betsy was beautiful, brilliant, witty, fun-loving, and classy. She was a lover of football (go ‘Noles), classical music, dancing, reading, cooking and entertaining, but mostly of people. She had a beautiful heart and loved her family above all else. Her exceptional spirit, sparkling blue eyes and captivating smile will be dearly missed. Betsy was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. She is survived by her adoring husband, Jim Holt; her devoted children and grandchildren: Cathy Holt and her children Emily Rankin, Elizabeth Stringfellow and Hannah Stringfellow; and Susie (Hal) Bailey and her children Claudette Bailey and Preston Bailey; and brothers Nick Sharpe and Tucker Sharpe. She was predeceased by her sister Carrington Crane Sheets. A celebration of Betsy’s life will be held on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 1603 Winter Park Road, Orlando, FL 32803, (407) 894-1641. The family has designated the Emmanuel Altar Guild or Emmanuel Music Guild for memorial contributions.  

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  1. 28 Feb 2015
    The Abrahams says:
    To Jim and all his family. We are so sorry to hear of Betsy's passing. She was a sweet soul and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Chuck

  2. 27 Feb 2015
    Bill Turner says:
    I will never forget the first time I saw Betsy as a new rep w/ Mead Johnson. What a beautiful woman, how did Jim ever get her!!!. I will always remember her graciousness and spirit of fun. She will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. Jim and family, you are in our prayers.

  3. 25 Feb 2015
    Jane Malone says:
    Betsy was and is a very special lady and her life was so inspiring to all who knew her. We will miss her so much and know that she is now happy and whole. Her devotion to her fine family and her church was remarkable.

  4. 24 Feb 2015
    Karen Broyles says:
    She taught me so much and was a wonderful woman. Our thoughts are with all of you - Jim, Susie, Cathy, and all your family.

  5. 23 Feb 2015
    Bertha Alvarez says:
    Jim,
    Even though I knew Betsy for a short period of time, I still remember what a beautiful smile and elegant woman she was. May God Bless her soul and bring peace to your heart.

  6. 23 Feb 2015
    Debbie Colvin says:
    My prayers are with all of you.

  7. 23 Feb 2015
    Andrew & Michele Vargo says:
    Our prayers are with you and your family Jim.

  8. 23 Feb 2015
    Bill & Maureen Adamson says:
    Jim,
    Our prayers are with you. Betsy was a great lady and will be missed by many. Please give our condolences to the rest of the family.

  9. 22 Feb 2015
    Pat Harden says:
    Jim, My heart is with you my friend.. May your beloved and giving Betsy rest in peace and sing in the heavenly choir. Hugs.

  10. 22 Feb 2015
    Paula (Kilgore) Langford says:
    A beautiful woman, a beautiful life, beautiful memories,and a beautiful tribute. Courage and peace will sustain you.

  11. 21 Feb 2015
    Julie Joseph says:
    Susie, our prayers and thoughts are with you and all your family. Love to y'all.

  12. 21 Feb 2015
    Jerry and Casey says:
    Our prayers are with you.

  13. 21 Feb 2015
    Cris Owen says:
    Oh Betsy, you have been missed since you quit choir and you will be missed even more now. You can sing in the heavenly choir and the angels will smile.

  14. 21 Feb 2015
    Betsy Harbin says:
    Betsy and I grew up together from 3rd grade on. Her husband, Jim, was responsible for my husband, Don, going to work for Mead Johnson. She was always beautiful both inside and out. I know how much she will be missed by Cathy, Susie, and most of all Jim. This past year has been a hard one for all of you. Thinking of each of you.

  15. 21 Feb 2015
    Chip & Judy Schram says:
    Over the years, Betsy was a "Rock" for so many family members, friends and organizations. She led a beautiful and adventurous life. She will be missed by folks from all over the area. Rest in Peace cousin Betsy.

  16. 21 Feb 2015
    Chip & Judy Schram says:
    Over the years, Betsy was a "Rock" for so many family members, friends and organizations. She led a beautiful and adventurous life. She will be missed by folks from all over the area. Rest in Peace cousin Betsy.

  17. 20 Feb 2015
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    my young mom!

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    WPHS Wildcat Cheerleader
    WPHS Wildcat Cheerleader

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    WPHS Wildcat Cheerleader
    WPHS Wildcat Cheerleader

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