Betty Holifield Feldmann, 88 of Annapolis, Maryland, passed away peacefully on August 10, 2013. Betty was born to her parents Cam and the Honorable Chet Holifield in Montebello, California, graduated Valedictorian from her high school class and then Phi Beta Kappa from Bucknell University. She later earned a Master’s in Women’s Studies from George Washington University. Formerly of Potomac, Maryland, she moved to Annapolis in 2003.
Betty is survived by her five sons: Robert Feldmann of Annapolis, Eric Feldmann (Nancy) of Severna Park, Christopher Feldmann (Kelly) of Arnold, Kirk Feldmann (Suzie) of San Antonio, Texas, and Lee Feldmann (Kathryn) of Millersville; her beloved grandchildren: Cary Feldmann, Joseph Feldmann, Chester Feldmann, Zachary Feldmann, Sarah Feldmann, Lucy Feldmann, Spencer Feldmann, Anne Marie Breedlove, Max Feldmann, Carter Feldmann, Shane Feldmann, and Emily Feldmann; and her four great-grandchildren: Preston, Miles, Zoe, and Asher. She was preceded in death by her devoted husband of 48 years, Robert H. Feldmann, and grandson, Garrett Wall Feldmann.
She worked as Executive Secretary to United States Representative (CA) Chet Holifield (also her father) before meeting her husband Bob in a program to interest promising college graduates in the Foreign Service. Betty was a wonderful helpmate, homemaker, and hostess during Bob’s career in the Foreign Service, stationed in Munich, Vienna, Hamburg, Mexico City, Washington, DC and San Jose, Costa Rica. Her penchant for communicating with local hired help and tradesman in their native language inspired her to write a book, Household Spanish, which was published and marketed to Foreign Service families and ex-Pats living in Mexico.
She was an active member of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and strongly supported the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). While living in Potomac, Maryland, Betty ventured into politics, running for the State House of Delegates. While she was unable to unseat the incumbent, she continued to stay politically active in Montgomery County, and was a guest speaker for many women’s groups. She enjoyed alpine skiing, horseback riding, and hosting diplomatic events while abroad. Her sense of adventure remained in her retirement years; she rode a camel while visiting the great pyramids of Egypt, rode an elephant in India, parasailed in St. Thomas, and at 80 hiked to the ancient Incan civilization of Machu Picchu, Peru. Betty was an avid supporter of the performing arts and a longtime season ticket holder for Arena Stage. Throughout her life, she was a loving inspiration to her five sons.
At BayWoods, Betty authored the ‘Welcome Newcomers’ column and contributed many articles for the newsletter, The Breeze. She co-chaired the Great Decisions discussion group as well as the monthly potluck dinner and discussion group.
A celebration of her life will be held at Norair Hall at BayWoods of Annapolis at 7101 Bay Front Drive, Saturday, August 24, at 2 PM with a reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Garrett’s Light at garrettslight.org and National Council of Women’s Organizations (NCWO) at womensorganizations.org
Online condolences may be made at www.barrancofuneralhome.com