Betty-Ann Holmes


Betty-Ann Holmes

1935 – 1/1/2019

Betty-Ann (formerly Doyle, nee Graves) lived in Bar Harbor until her marriage to Joseph W. Doyle Jr. As an Air Force wife, and even after retirement, she lived in many different locations in the U.S. but always came back to Bar Harbor with and to her family.

Betty-Ann is best known as the original “pie lady.” She earned this title by making her famous open-face, fresh blueberry pies for the Oak Point Lobster Pound in the ’70s and early ’80s. Betty-Ann worked for the Hope family in California and Bob Hope was a huge fan of her pies — he preferred her apple pie. She was also known for her beautiful hand-knit sweaters that she bestowed upon family and friends.

Betty-Ann is survived by: her four children Bruce Doyle, Joye Ottaviano, Julee Swanson and Jaye Doyle (JWD III); seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; her sister Nancy Thompson Doyle; several nieces and nephews and her lifelong friends Nancy Lee and Dick Salisbury.

Betty-Ann lived a full life, even after her diagnosis of Parkinson’s 14 years ago, and died peacefully comforted by family. A celebration of her life will be held on her favorite beach this summer, when the blueberries are ripe. All are welcome to attend — please contact Julee Swanson for info.

In lieu of flowers or donations, please hug a friend, write a poem, fly a kite or learn to bake a pie.

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