Betsy Olivia Walter, 74, passed away Friday, June 10, 2016, at Virginia Beach General Hospital. Only a week ago, she was vibrant and healing from previous surgeries. After a fall, her faith in God, along with the love and prayers of family and friends, carried her through the past couple of days. She reached out and affected others, not by huge deeds, but by her ability to comfort friends and family in their time of need. She never asked for anything in return.
Betsy was born on March 31, 1942, in South Hill to Emory and Hazel Wall. She was the younger of two girls, her sister, Joyce, and brothers, Chuck and Bill. Bill is still with us from the same hometown.
After graduating from Park View High School and attending St. Luke’s nursing school, she met her Spouse, Sheldon ‘Bud’ Walter Sr., during a trip to the beach with friends. The couple was married on September 5, 1965, at South Hill United Methodist Church. Married for 50 years, Bud and Betsy raised their two twin sons, Sheldon Jr. and Edward.
The U.S. Navy directed their next adventure, taking them to Japan from 1976 to 1980, but they decided to make a stable home in Virginia Beach. Possessing a true servant’s heart, Betsy always cared for family and friends through cooking, babysitting and crafting.
A woman of faith and the heart of the Walter family, we can still picture mom reading the bible every night and praying on her knees before climbing into bed. With a relaxed mindset, Betsy loved to dance, read, pray, chat with friends and family, be around her grandchildren and travel.
Betsy had a way of making anyone feel comfortable, in any situation. Getting to know Betsy was a joy. She was a person who could listen and make you laugh. Many times, she would be in solitude just thinking, looking for family or friends to support, and giving everything she had to make them happy. She would always put any problem on her shoulders and above her needs. It had not been an easy life, but in the age of technology, she kept in touch with her family.
After her retirement in early 2000, she continued to work part time, and today was supposed to be the 15-year reunion of her coworkers. She will be sorely missed. She loved to do simple things like shopping at Walmart, getting her hair done, and don’t forget her margaritas!
Having only a few lines to describe an entire life is not justice for such an incredible woman as Betsy. We were blessed to learn many valuable lessons from Betsy during her 74 years; among them, never take life too seriously, and always show your kids how much you love and need them. Even if she lost the battle, today, she flies as an angel to watch over our family.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, and from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 16, at Beach Funeral & Cremation Services Inc.
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