Holly Corrotto Hudspeth, 68, passed away Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010 after bravely fighting cancer for a year. She was born March 3, 1941 in Evansville, Ind., to the late Albert Eugene and Dorothea Holly Corrotto.
Holly grew up in Fort Smith, where she graduated in 1959 from St. Scholastica Academy. She attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta social sorority. During this time, she was an Air Force ROTC sponsor and Razorback Beauty. She graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello in 1973 with a B.S.E. in English. She earned her masters in library science from the University of Central in 1985.
She was a language arts teacher for 13 years and a librarian for 23 years in the DeWitt Public School system. Holly served as junior high cheerleader sponsor for many years.
Holly was a member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Churcn in Stuttgart. She played the piano for mass and worked the church choir for many years. She was a member of Holy Rosary morning circle. She taught parish religious education and hosted "Why Catholic" meetings in her home.
She was a member of the DeWitt Mendessohn Club and the local Jaycettes chapter. While a Jaycette, she held numerous officers, including president. Holly also enjoyed volunteering in local charities and churches.
Holly excelled at tennis. She was the 18-and-under Fort Smith tennis champion and Oak Hills Country Club singles and doubles champion for many years.
Hholly is survived by her husband of 47 years, Bobby Hudspeth; mother-in-law Mrs. Earl Hudspethe; daughter Heidi Hudspeth Duffied; son-in-law Rick Duffield; two grandchildren, Dane and Darby Duffield; two sisters, Mary Lou Corrotto Sanders (Don) of Sterling, Kan., and Dorothy Corrotto Westmoreland (David) of Conway; one brother-in-law, Johnny Hudspeth of Cabot. She is also survived by many wonderful nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at the First Christian Church in DeWitt at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, with visitation to follow in the church fellowship hall. A funeral mass will be held at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Stuttgart at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Burial will be at DeWitt Cemetery by Essex Funeral Home of DeWitt.
Memorials may be made to the Holy Rosary Catholic Church music fund at 1815 South Prarie St., Stuttgart, Ark., 72160.