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Elizabeth “Betty” Hicks Terrell, 88, passed away on Saturday, May 28, 2016, of natural causes surrounded by her loving family, at peace and in her home of 52 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Tyler “Jack” Terrell. They shared 46 years of marriage together.
Betty was born in Huntington, W.Va., to Alonzo C. and Mary Acord Hicks. Her family moved to Newport News in 1934 and then to Hampton in 1936. She attended George Wythe Elementary and was first-seat violinist in the high school orchestra. She attended Hampton High School and Mary Washington College. She worked as a teller at several banks, including the Bank of Hampton Roads. And when the family moved to Yorktown in 1964, she began working at the First National Bank of Yorktown.
She was active in the church at an early age and attended St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, where she was a teacher of Sunday school as a teenager. She remained active in the church throughout her life. A member of Grace Episcopal Church in Yorktown, she served as a teacher, choir member and president of the Episcopal Women of the Church in 1985.
She was known for her generous heart, but mostly for being a loving mother who raised six children and helped to raise three grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Lon Hicks; sister-in-law, Shirley Walker; son-in-law, Henry Harman; and great-grandson, Christopher Roach.
Surviving her are daughters, Mary Lynn Harman, Sarah Roach (Wayne) Roach, Amy Terrell and Jane (Mark) Stephens; sons, Ed Terrell and Stephen Terrell; sister, Emma Lyle (Don) Bloom; brothers, Lloyd (Cyndy) Hicks and Fred (Donna) Hicks; and 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
People she wished to thank are the Rev. and Mrs. Carleton Bakkum, Connie Jones and all of her friends at Grace Episcopal Church.
A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 3, at Grace Episcopal Church. A reception will follow in the Grace Parish Hall adjacent to the church.
Flowers may be sent to the church or, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grace Episcopal Church.
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