By Submitted Story on July 10, 2020
Betty Jean Beach, 88, passed away on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at the Currituck House in Moyock, NC. Betty was a long-time resident growing up in Eastern Fairfax County, ‘Lincolnia”. She was born April 17, 1932, to the late James Fred Smith and Thelma Wren Smith.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 69-years, Charles W. Beach, Sr. “Willie”, her son, Charles W. Jr.; sisters, Virginia, Mae, Gloria, and Patsy; and brothers, Billy, Fred, Wallace, James, Coleman, and Len.
Betty was one of 13 children. She was a graduate of Fairfax High School. A 3-sport athlete, she was the captain of her basketball, softball, and field hockey teams. She worked for the American National Red Cross in the retirement section for 35 years and then the Clara Barton Federal Credit Union.
Betty and Willie had a marriage that was as strong in love as the first day they met, lasting 69-years. She loved spending time with her family and watching all her grandchildren play sports and activities, never missing a game. She was blessed to have many friends that loved her and to many was a second “mom”. She was always ready to get ice cream, watch a sporting event with family, ride a horse, play cards into the wee hours of the night laughing, always waving hi with that big smile, and coming to the aid of someone in need at a spilt second. Always thinking of others, she will be remembered for “Are you doing okay? If you need anything, you know where to find us.” You knew you could count on her and Willie for anything, anytime day or night. She was a strong, incredible person, loving wife, mom, grandmother, and friend to many. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Betty has now joined the love of her life Willie. She is survived by her son, Tony Beach (Melinda) of Southern Shores, NC; grandchildren, Crystal, Anthony II, and Joy Martin (Joshua); great-granddaughter, Josephine Ann Martin; and sisters, Louise Mauck and Nancy O’Nan (Jim).
A special thanks to her sister-in-law, Joyce Beach and niece, Linda Mullins for all the love and care over the years. Thank you to the staff of the Currituck House who assisted in her care during this long journey of Alzheimer’s. Lastly, thank you to the staff of Community Home Care and Hospice of Elizabeth City, in particular to Julie Diedrich, RN and Sarah Williams, CNA who provided ongoing support, compassion and was a strong advocate for our family throughout this journey.
No memorial service will be held at this time. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Community Home Care and Hospice, 1601 N. Road St, Ste B, Elizabeth City, NC 27909.
Twiford Funeral Homes, Outer Banks is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.TwifordFH.com.