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Elizabeth Gabriel "Betty" Donohue Holbert
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Birth: Mar. 27, 1907
Wilmington
New Castle County
Delaware, USA
Death: Apr. 10, 1985
Saint Joseph
Buchanan County
Missouri, USA

Elizabeth Donohue was the third child of Michael Donohue and Mary Ellen Neary. Elizabeth had two older brothers, Thomas M. and Mark Neary Donohue. Elizabeth grew up living at 1307 Clayton Street in Wilmington, Delaware. Her father died from TB when she was just eight months old. Elizabeth moved to 1305 Clayton Street, just next door from her old house when her mother married, James Gibney. When her mother married, she gained one stepsister, Elizabeth G. and two stepbrothers, Frederick James and Louise Garland. After her mother married Jack Gibney, the two of them had two more children, Robert B., and John Neary Gibney who they called Jack, giving her two more brothers. Elizabeth ended up being one of eight children. Elizabeth attended a college in Wilmington, Delaware and got her BA in History and English. She took classes towards her masters and came very close to completing it.

In the summer of 1935, Elizabeth met Dudley Holbert at Glacier National Park. They were both out there recuperating from recent illnesses. Dudley had been sick with pneumonia, and Elizabeth had been sick with TB. Dudley was working as a messenger, he brought the mail into Glacier National Park. Elizabeth was staying near Glacier National Park with an uncle; where she stayed every summer with her beloved horse Darky. They met one day when Dudley was bringing in the mail. Dudley then chose to deliver his last mail drop at that ranch, as often as he could. Dudley started taking her for rides when he brought the mail in and then he took her to dances. Elizabeth had to ride her horse ten miles from her uncles ranch to Glacier to meet Dudley for the dances. On May 2, 1936, Dudley and Elizabeth got married in Wilmington, Delaware. Two children would come from their union, Mary Barbara Holbert (1937) and Jane Neary Holbert (1940). They would become the grandparents of Elizabeth Grace (1960), Catherine Marie (1963), Robert Thomas (1967), and Ann Marie (1968). Her first granddaughter, Elizabeth was named after her.

According to census documents they moved from Wilmington, Delaware to Buffalo, New York sometime between 1936 and 1937. While living in Buffalo, their first child, Mary Barbara was born. Elizabeth and Dudley moved to Toledo, Ohio in 1939 where their second child, Jane Neary, was born. They moved to St. Joseph, Missouri in 1948. Elizabeth raised her children and worked as a librarian at the public library in St. Joseph. She loved reading and loved bringing books home from the library and reading them to her grandchildren. Elizabeth was a staunch Roman Catholic and attended church every week never missing Mass.

Elizabeth took sick with a bad cold that went into pneumonia and was hospitalized in St. Joseph, Missouri. On April 11, 1985,at the age of 78 years, Elizabeth died from a stroke while in the hospital.

Elizabeth is buried in Oakland Cemetery in St. Paul, Minnesota with her husband, Dudley in the Finch-Wilson Plot. 
 
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 Parents:
  Michael Donohue (1866 - 1907)
  Mary Ellen Neary Gibney (1872 - 1954)
 
 Spouse:
  Dudley Finch Holbert (1905 - 1979)
 
 Siblings:
  Matthew Donohue (1889 - 1890)**
  Thomas M Donohue (1903 - 1972)*
  Mark Neary Donohue (1905 - 1983)*
  Elizabeth Gabriel Donohue Holbert (1907 - 1985)
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Oakland Cemetery
Saint Paul
Ramsey County
Minnesota, USA
Plot: Finch Wilson Plot, Block 29, Lot 2
 
Created by: Family History Detective
Record added: Jan 16, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 103671900
Elizabeth Gabriel Betty <i>Donohue</i> Holbert
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Elizabeth Gabriel Betty <i>Donohue</i> Holbert
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Elizabeth Gabriel Betty <i>Donohue</i> Holbert
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