Elizabeth “Betty” Bomaster Newbill of Gloucester Point, Va., passed away on June 26, 2015 at 93 years of age.
Betty was born to the late George and Mary Bomaster in Mounds, Okla., on Nov. 29, 1921. She relocated with her family in her early childhood to Bradford, Pa., where she attended school graduating from Bradford High School. After graduation she moved to Buffalo, N.Y., where she worked as a secretary, and then in a defense plant supporting the war effort. During this time period, she met an army soldier from Gloucester, Va., George Thomas A. Newbill, “the love of her life”; married and moved to Gloucester Point upon the end of World War II and George’s return from Germany.
As a mother of five, Betty was very actively involved in her children’s interests always supporting sporting events, band programs, 4-H club events, Scouting Den Mother, School Room Mother and Parent Teacher Associations. Betty was also actively involved in many community and civic groups through the years and was particularly proud of being a Charter member of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post #7791 and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Abingdon Fire Company. She additionally was a certified Red Cross Swimming Instructor, teaching for many years in the Gloucester Red Cross Swim Program.
Betty enjoyed life with a special love for her grandchildren, dancing, fishing, traveling, reading, chocolate, and her pet dogs and cats. She was a devout Roman Catholic who cherished and nurtured her family, friends and strangers often in need.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George Thomas A. Newbill; her parents, and her sister and brother, Wilda Janish and George Bomaster Jr., and son-in-law, A. Gene Hurley III.
She is survived by two daughters, Georgette N. Hurley and Rita N. Harding (Bob); three sons, George T. Newbill, Edward H. Newbill and J. Bradford Newbill (Suzanne); eight grandchildren, E. Leighton Hurley, Jennifer Lavigne (Adam), Dr. Tom Newbill, DO (Sarah), Stephen Newbill (Erin), Michael Newbill (Virginia), Stephanie Newbill, Heather Hernandez (Joel) and Grace Tisdale (Johnny); 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lillian Blauser and Mary Matre, and several beloved nieces and nephews.
A service of Christian Liturgy officiated by the Rev. James Cowles will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 6, 2015, at St. Therese Catholic Church, 6262 Main Street, Gloucester. Interment will be at Rosewell Memorial Garden Cemetery, immediately followed by a reception at St. Therese.
Should a remembrance be considered in honor of their mother, the family requests that a donation be made to the Abingdon Volunteer Fire & Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 9, Bena, Va. 23018.
Arrangements by Hogg Funeral Home & Crematory, Gloucester Point.
Family and friends may share condolences and memories at www.hoggfh.com.