Elizabeth (Bette) Thompson completed her journey into the arms of the Lord on May 2, 2018 at the age of 98. She was born in Bronson, Kansas on June 20, 1919 to Campbell and Ila Berry. She attended Bronson High School and at a later date Del Mar College. She married her high school sweetheart Kenneth (Bat) Holeman and to that union a son and daughter were born. That marriage ended in divorce after 18 years.
She later married Jimmy Thompson. Jimmy and Betty were married for 50 years, until his death, October 23, 2006. During their marriage they traveled all over the world and visited 50 states in the US. Bette retired from General Motors Corp. in 1981. Jimmy retired from AT&T the next year and they moved from Corpus Christi to their weekend home in Rockport. A year later they built a home in Rockport Country Club.
Bette belonged to First Baptist Church and the Rockport Country Club. She volunteered for 20 years for Aransas County Medical Services Ladies Auxiliary. She did handiwork and made quilts for her children and grandchildren.
She was proceeded in her death by her beloved husband Jimmy Thompson and her daughter Louise Holeman, brothers Bill Berry and Dick Berry, sister Corine Wood and Verlin McKee, daughter in law Kathy Holeman.
She is survived by her son Jack Holeman; six grandchildren, Donal, Caprice, and Rana Pierucci, Jana Flaherty, Jeri Littrell, and Jason Holeman; great grandchildren (12), Troy, Travis, Meghan, Sean, Kevin, & Ryan Flaherty, Bat and Kiko Taniguchi, Campbell Boies, & Gage, Bryce and Owen Holeman. Great-great grandchildren: McKenzie, Blakley, Avery, Dane, and Nora. And her beloved sister, and best friend, Wilma Bevington.
A viewing will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 at the Charlie Marshall Funeral Home in Aransas Pass on Friday, June 11th. Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist Church in Rockport on Saturday, June 12th at 10AM. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the First Baptist Church of Rockport.
May you Rest In Peace Bette.
Having grown up in Pittsburgh, PA with Caprice, Rana and Donal, I finally had the opportunity to meet the one and only Grandma Bette when Caprice and I visited TX on a vacation. Not only was she patient with our antics, but she was always smiling and laughing and was just a joy to be around. The hair and the heels were pure Bette. We kept up on each other's lives through Caprice, and it was a memorable and thoroughly enjoyable experience seeing her just a few years back when I was in TX. She was still sharp as a tack. What an extraordinary life she lead. My deepest condolences to all.
Bat,You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I pray that God’s grace and comfort be with all of you.
My first impression of Bette when I arrived with her brother, Dicky Dean, as the whole family called him, as a newly wed, was how white everything was in her home and how well groomed she always was. Later, when she and Jimmy came to visit us in Belgium, we could not talk her out of wearing spiked heels even with the danger of cobblestones. Over the years, when we talked on the telephone, I always asked her if she was still wearing high heels and it has not been that long since she told me that she had finally abandoned them. I shall miss those conversations with her. They always left me with a smile.
Aline Berry, sister-in-law,
Thank you Marie. I just wanted you to know that there was a typo and I had listed June instead of May. Since I wasn't sure when you posted I wanted to be sure you saw the corrected times. Thank you so much for your prayers ~ Bette's granddaughter Rana
I will miss Bette. We always made a special effort to hug at church on Sunday. She always smiled, we usually giggled about something. It won't be the same without her. My prayers and condolences to her family and friends. May God bless you and keep you through this time.