Betty Holly

  • Born: July 31, 1925
  • Died: March 31, 2020
  • Location: Stow, Massachusetts

Fowler-Kennedy Funeral Home

42 Concord Street
Maynard, MA 01754

Tel. (978) 897-7343

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother

Betty Holly, age 94, of Stow, passed away peacefully in her home in Stow on March 31, 2020. Born in Madison, NJ on July 31, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Ludwig Holly and Louise (Ingold) Holly. Betty moved to Stow in 1947 and was a summer resident of Nauset Heights in East Orleans, MA for more than 60 years.

Betty was an avid birder, with bird feeders visible from every vantage point in her home and was a longtime supporter of the Mass Audubon Society. A lifelong lover of music, classical music could always be heard from her radio. During her summers on the Cape, she loved to spend as much time as possible on Nauset Beach, watching the ocean and the birds.

Betty was an active member of the Stow community, and was a board member and long-term supporter of the Stow Friends of the Council on Aging. More than any of her hobbies, Betty loved her family and many honorary family members and friends. Anyone who knew her would agree that Betty was an incredibly kind, supportive, genuine, and loving person who valued family and friends over all else.

She is survived by her two sons; Lawrence W. Smith of Bremen, ME and Jeffrey D. Smith of Stow, MA; her grandchildren, Jacob (Stephanie), Sarah, Holly, Louisa, Emily (Justin), Max, and Katherine, great grandchildren: Emma, Gavin, Walter, and Henry, nieces Christine Davidson, Laura Dierbach, and Trudy Shannon, cousin Alice Ungethuem, and her beloved dog, Allie. Betty was predeceased by her daughter, Holly B. Smith Edwards, daughter in law Lisa Weight Smith, and former husband David W. Smith.

Gifts in her memory may be made to Stow Friends of the Council of Aging P.O. Box 97 Stow, MA 01775

A memorial service will be held in the fall of 2020

Condolence & Memory Journal

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by Bill & Dorothy Byron & Spaulding - Stow, MA   June 21, 2020

Jeff, Larry and grandkids: I know you will miss Betty. What a wonderful person! Her wonderful smile, good humor, and compassion added so much to the lives of everyone who knew her. I was so fond of her.
Take care everyone,

Posted by roger peduzzi - Maynard, MA   April 14, 2020

I think it was 1954, when my parents moved to Stow, that I first met Betty. She was always so warm and welcoming. In later years, Betty and Carol (?) Zdanowicz used to go to any garden tours in the area - I remember seeing her at several Indian Hill Music tours. In most recent years, we usually only saw each other at celebrations or memorial services - I no longer live in Stow, but I get back as often as possible. I'll miss seeing her smiling face.

Posted by Judy McConnell Anderson - Groton, MA - Friend   April 06, 2020

My love and prayers are with all of you at this time. Memories and family will get us all through troubling times. Love Betsy Cornell

Posted by A friend   April 06, 2020


I am missing Betty very much. I am glad to have called her my great friend. My sympathy to her sons, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and all her extended family. With love,

Posted by Billye Adams - Georgetown, TX - Friend   April 05, 2020

Chris Schuch (Driver for the COA)
Driving Betty around was a pleasure. I'll miss her smile and cheerfulness. She did love the wildlife around her home. She always asked if i saw and deer on the way up the drive!

Posted by chris schuch - stow, MA   April 05, 2020

Jeff, Jacob, Sarah, Holly, Louisa. I was so sad to learn of Betty's passing. What a wonderful mother and grandmother she was. She was a woman of incredible resilience; she gave tirelessly of herself to everything she did. I loved watching her working in the garden, and teaching you, Louisa, to put the hair from your hairbrush outside so that the birds could use it to build nests. Despite the losses she had endured, she loved life, music, nature, and she loved you four kids so much. RIP Grammy!

Posted by Mary Carrig - Quincy, MA - friend   April 04, 2020

I cut Betty's hair for many years at my little salon in Maynard. She was always one of my favorites! She was always so optimistic even when things in her life seemed impossible. She truly influenced my life.
God bless, Daughn Schiappa

Posted by Daughn Schiappa - St. Cloud, FL - Acquaintance   April 03, 2020

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