Patsy F. Holdsworth, 74, of Versailles passed away at 9:45 p.m., Monday, June 17, 2019 at Aspen Place in Greensburg. She was born in Richmond, Kentucky on October 6, 1944, the daughter of Hosea and Thelma Scott Wilson. She was married to Gary Holdsworth on April 9, 1966 and her husband of 53 years survives.
Other survivors include two sons Scott (Kara) Holdsworth of Greensburg, and Brian (Stacy) Holdsworth of Zionsville; four grandchildren Jocelyn, Braden, Macy, and Chancey Holdsworth; one step-grandson Brandon (Lindsey) Seabolt of Versailles; three step-great-grandchildren Addison, Kamryn, and Cooper Seabolt. She was preceded in death by her son Barry Holdsworth, her parents, and her brother Keith Wilson.
Mrs. Holdsworth was a 1962 graduate of the Owsley County High School in Booneville, Kentucky. She received her Bachelors degree in music education in 1966 from Eastern Kentucky University and in 1968 received her Masters degree in music education from Eastern Kentucky. Mrs. Holdsworth began her teaching career in 1966 teaching music at the Grant County (Ky.) Elementary School. In 1967 she and Mr. Holdsworth moved to Versailles and embarked on a music teaching career at South Ripley that spanned over 30 years.
Whether at home, church, or school, she and Gary were always a team. In her early years at South Ripley she taught music to all 12 grades and also taught English. Upon her retirement in 1999 she continued to share her gift of music, substitute teaching at Jennings County, Milan, South Decatur, and also returning to South Ripley.
One of her proudest accomplishments at South Ripley was establishing the Young Confederates, a singing group which recently celebrated 50 years. Mrs. Holdsworth was named Teacher of the Year on two different occasions during her tenure at South Ripley.
Mrs. Holdsworth was a 52 year member of the Tyson United Methodist Church in Versailles where she served as pianist and also in several other capacities, including serving as state president of the United Methodist Women. She was also a member of the Ripley County Retired Teachers Association, Tri-Kappa, and Delta Kappa Gamma, a national teacher’s sorority who named her a Statewide Woman of Distinction at their 2019 conference.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 22 at 10 a.m. at South Ripley High School, with Lay Speaker Paula Hall officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Visitation will be on Friday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles, and from 9 a.m. until time of services Saturday at South Ripley High School. Memorials may be given to the Holdsworth Music Scholarship or the Indiana Chapter of the ALS Foundation in care of the funeral home.