Betty Hanna

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Betty Jean Holt Hanna, 97, of Berryville, Arkansas died Monday, May 14, 2018.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 19, 2018 at First Christian Church of Berryville, with Pastor Skip French officiating.

Betty was born on her grandparents’ farm on Crooked Creek south of Harrison, Arkansas on January 01, 1921. She was the Valedictorian of her senior class. On May 06, 1942, she was united in marriage to Robert Clark Hanna. As her husband serviced in the US Army, Betty contributed to the WWII effort by serving as the personal secretary to various high-ranking members of the armed services. After the war, Betty worked for many years at the First National Bank of Berryville. She retired from the Farmers Home Administration.

She was a longstanding member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Berryville; The Aesthetic Club; and Daughters of the American Revolution. A devoted library patron, she served on the County Library Board for several years. Betty’s true passions were her family, genealogy, reading and birdwatching.

Betty is preceded in death by her parents, William Braz and Martha Lois Fry Holt; husband of 52 years, Robert Clark Hanna; and sister, Martha Holt Durkee.

Survivors include her children, Stephen Holt Hanna (Dolores) of Berryville and Shelley Hanna Buttgen (David) of Berryville; grandsons, Scott Alan Osborn, Robert Ellis Buttgen and Charles Ky Hanna all of Berryville; great-grandson, Keaton Allen Osborn; sister, Merrilee Holt Garland; brothers, William Braz Holt and Kenneth Fry Holt; and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), P.O. Box 187, Berryville, AR 72616, or Circle of Life Hospice, 901 Jones Rd., Springdale, AR 72762.

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