ROCHESTER - Theresa Holding Betts of Rochester, N.H., died Thurs., Feb. 25, 2016, at Massachusetts General in Boston, Mass., following a brief illness.
Born in Portland, Maine, Dec, 14, 1960, Terry was the daughter of the late Wallace and Barbara Holding.
Terry graduated from Scarborough High School and the University of New Hampshire.
Terry had a passion for life and brought joy to all who knew her. She possessed a gentle nature and quietly helped so many people who looked to her for assistance, encouragement or advice. Her ever present laughter and smile were contagious. She could find the bright side of everything in life. She was loving and compassionate, qualities that enriched the lives of all who knew her.
Terry's connection with animals was obvious from a very young age. She loved to ride on her horses, exploring the woodland trails and competing in equestrian events. She enjoyed working at Boulder Brook Stables in Lee, N.H., where she shared her love of horses with others. She and her husband Bob were surrounded by their many beloved cats over the years, sometimes traveling long distances to bring them to their home in New Hampshire.
Terry and Bob traveled around the country on many adventures. She loved the thrill of roller-coasters, always looking for the next exhilarating ride. Her adventures also included competing in, officiating, and producing triathlons around the country, as well as mud runs and charity bicycle rides. Her friends welcomed her ability to help organize and cheerfully assist in everything she did, be it working at the stables, on events, or reunions with high school friends.
She was a loving wife, daughter, sister, sister-in-law, and aunt who will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Betts of Rochester, N.H.; brother, Blaine Holding and his wife Bonnie of Stratton, Maine; sister-in-law Barbara Spofford of Fryeburg, Maine; and five nephews.