Remembering Betty Jean Hollins


Betty Jean Hollins lost her life Monday night— the sixth victim in the second deadly car crash on local roads in just a 24-hour period.

Tuesday, one of Hollins’ dear friends agreed to share with us a little more about the woman they called “Sister Love.” 

It happened on Rosedale Highway just after 8:00 p.m. on Monday. A man driving a Honda Sedan east on Rosedale, rear-ended Betty Jean Hollins’ SUV, sending her vehicle into three other vehicles near the intersection of Coffee Road. 

She died at the scene. Her 5-year-old grandson was also in the car. He survived the collision. 

“It seems so unreal. Betty had so much going on still,” said Mary McGee, a close friend of Hollins. 

Hollins was 70 years old. The wife of Willie Hollins— local pastor of Trinity Chapel Church of God in Christ— and a very involved first lady. She was also the Women’s Supervisor of the California Valley Jurisdiction, for the Church of God in Christ. 

“I don’t have any sisters. So Betty was that sister for me,” McGee said. 

McGee shared dozens of stories about Hollins and their 45 years of friendship. 

“‘This is part of the plan. Part of God’s plan.’ That was one of her favorite things that she would say,” McGee said, in a nearly two hour long interview about her friend Tuesday night. 

McGee told us Hollins and her husband just celebrated their wedding anniversary Saturday— 11 years together.

“He gave her a nickname… Sister love,” McGee said. 

Hollins leaves behind her husband, their church and their children, her five siblings, and a congregation of people who loved her. 

McGee had some final words for her friend: “I’ll see you when I get there. I’ll see you when I get there. I love you and I’m going to miss you so much, my sister.”

Hollins’ grandson is still at Kern Medical as of Tuesday night where he is waiting to undergo surgery. Family members tell us he is expected to make a full recovery. 

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