Betty Jean Lybyer Holmes, age 88, Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, and Friend passed away peacefully Monday, June 10th, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. Betty is reunited with her husband Ferrell Robert Holmes. She was born December 17th, 1930 in Glendale California. All Betty ever wanted growing up was to have a home, a loving family, and traditions. Betty and Ferrell were married July 20th, 1949 and later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple Feb 12, 1958. Their family consisted of 7 children. They were blessed with Judy, their first born with down syndrome, and was inspired along with a handful of parents to help start a special needs school in Davis County in 1953. She advocated for individuals with special needs, stating they have a right to an education, and a life just like anybody else.
Betty also started the Special Needs Mutual for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints March 1, 1972. The Special Needs Mutual did service projects, went camping, and held dinner dances, among many other activities. Betty mentioned how important it is “to never give up, you don’t give up on your kids, and you don’t give up on taking care of one another.” Betty has attended the Special Needs Mutual plays every year since they began to support the kids and the program. She had the opportunity to meet with President Jimmy Carter to support programs for people with special needs. She spent her lifetime advocating for people with disabilities.
Betty greatly enjoyed spending time with her family; and creating family traditions that will be passed down for generations to come. She was a remarkable cook, and even created her own cookbook for her family. She was chosen as North Salt Lake Mother of Year in 2009. Betty was a woman of genuine kindness, compassion, and charity. Betty is survived by her son Robert Holmes; daughters, Sherry Lundgren, Linda Pinney, Tammy Bateman, Wendy Holmes, and Heidi Gates. Betty cherished her 33 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 15th, 2019 at 1:00pm at the Orchard 10th Ward Chapel at 3317 South 800 West, Bountiful. Viewings will be held Friday, June 14th, 2019 from 6:00pm-8:00pm at the same address, and Saturday from 11:30am-12:30pm prior to services. The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to Solstice Hospice, and a special thank you to the caregivers who provided your love and support to Betty and her Family.
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