Betty T. Deal, 91, passed away in her room at Garden Ridge in Greensprings Village late Friday night on July 28, 2017 with family by her side. Born on February 3, 1926 in Rockingham, NC, Betty was the loving daughter of Alma Wright (Oliver) and Jacob Barnes Trexler and later became the beloved stepdaughter of William S. Oliver, all predeceased. Betty spent her early days near Laurinburg, NC, and later moved to Fayetteville, NC, where she attended high school and later secretary school. Her first job was at a car lot. She was hired as a secretary, but helped sell cars when the men left to fight the war, a job which she “loved” and remarked “was fun”. Betty married in 1948 and eventually moved to Virginia where she spent the majority of her life in Lorton, Virginia.
Betty met her husband, Wayman R. Deal, at a play when her two best friends brought him along. He made her a little wooden box to hold her special items and shortly after that, she made him her husband. She was a devoted wife, and he was her loving husband for 45 years before he passed away on a travel trip to London.
Betty loved her children dearly and there was nothing she would not do for them. She was active in her children’s lives and fully supported them in all their endeavors. She was the best home room Mother ever, a great cook (southern style), a wonderful seamstress (sewing all her daughter’s clothes), and always welcomed friends and family into her home. She became a librarian aide to the local elementary school and soon was nurturing any child who had a hurt or was in distress at the school clinic. She did the same for her Grandchildren and absolutely loved when they came to visit, especially for extended stays. She put together many photo albums of family and good times. Betty was the backbone of the family and brought and kept all together.
Both Betty and Wayman loved to travel. They visited Europe many times over and were able to travel to China, Egypt, Russia, Yugoslavia, and more. She enjoyed visiting historic sites and touring museums and would stop and read every word describing the site, sometimes to the dismay of her children. Betty learned how to grow a vegetable garden and grew and canned her own tomatoes, pickled her own cucumbers, and made her own original applesauce. Betty had a taste for southern food and loved Parker’s Barbecue in North Carolina. She delighted in attending plays and musicals and listening to music. Better yet, Betty loved to dance! She could be found dancing at her care center until almost the very end. Betty loved animals, and in later years she especially adored her cocker spaniel, Shelly. It broke her heart when Shelly left for heaven.
Betty was an amazing woman, strong, independent, and above all a great caregiver to young and old alike. She had a wonderful laugh that was free and spontaneous and would fill the room. Betty was never short of love. Her kindness was evident in her everyday life and she will truly be missed by all the hearts that she touched. In a world of special people, she was as special as they come.
Survivors include her three loving children, Mary Ann Deal, William R. Deal and Sue Ellen Daniels, and seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. The family would like to thank the many staff members at Greensprings Village for their love, care, and attention to Betty during her extended illness.
A funeral date at Arlington National Cemetery for interment next to her late husband has not been set at this time. A celebration of her life will be planned to coincide with that date. A tribute to Betty and a memorial fund to encourage online donations in support of the Alzheimer’s Association’s mission may be found at: http://act.alz.org/goto/BettyDeal