Bette Holman Ross
October 17, 1923 – May 8, 2018
Bette Holman Ross (nee Willemin) was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan on October 17, 1923. She lived in Ann Arbor until she graduated with a B.S. in Math from the University of Michigan in 1945. She was a member of the Women’s War Council, a campus group that coordinated all activities to help the World War II effort, and Alpha Chi Omega sorority. At Michigan Bette was president of Mortarboard, the National Women’s Senior Honor Society. Following graduation, she taught math and physics at Highland Park Junior College and lived in Detroit prior to marrying Donald Holman in 1947. Both educators, the couple moved to Garden City, New York in 1956. After her husband Donald Holman’s death in 1970, Bette completed her Masters degree at Adelphi University and taught math at Garden City High School. In 1972 Bette married F. Arthur Ross. Both residents of Garden City, Bette and Art moved out to Cutchogue on the east end of Long Island after retirement. Bette was a gourmet cook who loved to garden, travel the world, and read. Most of all she loved to watch University of Michigan sports, especially football, basketball, and lacrosse. Bette was a “true blue” fan. Bette was most proud of her four children, Catherine Heller, Donald G. Holman, Thomas Holman, and Robert Holman. She loved visiting her 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Bette died May 8, 2018 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. There will be a private memorial service for family.