A memorial service was held Thursday evening for a local church leader.
Betty Jean Hollins died in a crash on Rosedale Highway near the intersection of Coffee Road last Monday.
Hollins was married to Pastor Willie Hollins, of Trinity Chapel Church of God, for 11 years.
The couple learned on their first date they were both from New Orleans, born in the same hospital and they both attended Southern University.
“Those coincidences were orchestrated by the Lord and I had just 11 wonderful years,” Pastor Willie Hollins said. “My wife was a great person, one the greatest women I knew in my life, and I consider her one of the greatest women in the world.”
Hollins was killed in a crash on Rosedale Highway on March 26.
Bakersfield Police Department said a driver hit Hollins’ SUV with enough force to send it into three other vehicles.
Hollins died at the scene.
“She taught me everything I knew, how to become a young lady,” Hollins’ granddaughter Asia Hollins said. “She was a perfect role model.”
“I feel like she was the one that came to restore,” Hollins’ step-daughter Yolanda Hollins said. “Like I said we had loss, but she came in and she brought a motherly love and she just pulled our family together.”
Hollins’ 5-year-old grandson, Christian, who was also in her vehicle the night of the crash, survived.
“It’s just a miracle that he walked away,” Yolanda Hollins said. “And I saw a picture of him smiling which let me know that God was there and that God’s angels were there protecting his life.”
In celebration of the woman they knew as ‘Sister Love’, those closest to Hollins flooded the church with purple, her favorite color, to say goodbye.
“Truly she is being loved,” Pastor Willie Hollins said. “Now she is with Jesus in heaven and there is no greater love than his love.”
A funeral service for Betty Jean Hollins will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. John’s Baptist church on Brundage Lane.
The public is invited to attend.