The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

March 6, 2013

Betty Mae (Holycross) Colwell


DANVILLE — Betty Mae (Holycross) Colwell, 84, of Danville, went to be with her Lord at 11:05 a.m. Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at her home.

Betty was born to Carl Joseph and Olive Christine (Hesler) Holycross on May 9, 1928, in Veedersburg, Ind. She moved to Danville at age 7 with her family. Betty attended Daniel Grade School and Danville High School, graduating in 1946.

Betty worked as a tray girl at Lakeview Hospital until she graduated. After graduation, she worked as secretary receptionist at Vern Reck Typewriter Sales, Bob Pace, DACC, First Presbyterian Church and Tridan Tool, Inc.

Betty married Gerold (Bill) Colwell on Feb. 8, 1947. He passed away on Oct. 13, 1996.

Born to this union were John Edwin (Sue) Colwell of Wheaton, Cynthia Kay (Gary) Jaeger of Bismarck and Anne Marie (Timothy) Frost of Danville.

Surviving are grandsons Jeffery (Virginia) Jaeger of Morgan Hill, Calif., Gregory (Jesse) Jaeger of New Jersey City, N.J., Benjamin (Bethany) Frost of Danville and Jacob Frost of Detroit, Mich. Also surviving are great-grandchildren Nathaniel Jaeger, Allison Jaeger, Aylah Frost and Owen Frost. Her sister, Anna Powers of Tilton, also survives.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband; son, Gerold (Jerry) Colwell, 2001; sister, Frances Hodge; and brother, Mel Holycross.

Betty was a 4-H leader for 10 years, involved in Daniel and South View PTA, and music parents. Betty enjoyed her grandchildren, playing euchre, crocheting, oil painting and traveling. She also volunteered as a Red Coat in the cardiac rehab room at the former hospital on Saer Avenue.

She crocheted caps, baby afghans, and booties for the nursery at Provena. Bill and Betty moved to Smithville, Texas, in 1984 and returned to Illinois in 1995.

Services will begin at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 8, at Pape Funeral Home, 10 E. Williams, Danville, with Pastor Wade Martin officiating. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at Pape’s.

Memorials may be made to Central Park Church of Christ, 1735 S. Washington, Tilton, IL 61833, or the Heart Association or Cancer Society. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

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