Betty was born February 1, 1935 to Harry Henderson Hovis Jr. and Esther Marie Feiler in Houston, Texas. Betty grew up in California where she became a Licensed Vocational Nurse. Working at a local hospital she quickly caught the eye of an ambulance driver, Socrates John Nicothodes (Nick). Shortly after the two met, they wed and began a family. In 1957, their first pregnancy ended in a premature delivery and birth of a set of twins, a boy and girl. Unfortunately, the twins only survived a few hours. Over the next 15 years their small family grew to 8; 2 boys and 4 girls. Betty was a loving, nurturing, hardworking, selfless wife, mother, and grandmother. Betty’s devotion to her family never went unnoticed. She was at every school and after school activity for all her children. Both her and Nick were active in the school PTA, booster club, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, little league baseball and softball. If her children were involved in an activity she made it a point to participate in every activity as a family unit. In 1979, Betty and Nick lost their 3rd oldest living child, Katherine Marie (18 years old) after a six month battle with Leukemia. When she was not spending time with her family she was expanding her faith at the local Baptist church, pruning her rose bushes and gardening. She had vivacious smile and vibrant, sparkling hazel eyes that are truly unforgettable. Betty and Nick were blessed to see all their adult children marry and witness the births of most of their grandchildren and great grandchildren.
In 2003 Betty lost her soulmate, and spouse of 48 years to a decade long battle with Dementia and Alzheimers. Betty was predeceased by both her parents.
Betty Jean Nicothodes, 86, went to join the Lord surrounded by family and loved ones on Sunday, September 5th, 2021 at 1:17a.m., after an 11 month struggle with severe Alzheimers.
Betty joins Nick, their twins, and their daughter; Katherine Marie, in eternal life. She is survived by her younger brother Harry Henderson Hovis, III, her 5 children: John Socrates, David Wayne, Karrie Lynn, Karla Jean, & Kristi Leigh, along with 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Betty was truly one in a million and a blessing to all who knew her. She will be dearly missed by all of those whom she touched and loved.
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