Betty Frances Leggett Brickell, 91, devoted North Carolina Tar Heels basketball fan

Betty Leggett Frances Brickell
Betty Leggett Frances Brickell

Betty Frances Leggett Brickell, 91, passed away peacefully Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. She was preceded in death by her parents, Garland and Flora Leggett; and sisters, Jeanne Beavers and Ginny Becraft. She was a loving, kind, compassionate daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and friend.

Betty was born May 3, 1928, in Norfolk. She grew up in South Norfolk and graduated from South Norfolk High School in 1946. In 1947, she married Edward Brickell and accompanied him to Chicago, Illinois, Franklin and Williamsburg, before settling in Virginia Beach. She was a homemaker for most of her life, but in 1979, she went to work for the City of Virginia Beach in the Surveys and Mappings Department. Betty enjoyed the music of Frank Sinatra and Bruce Springsteen, playing penny ante poker with her girlfriends, reading, working crossword puzzles and watching her beloved Carolina Tar Heels basketball team. But, the true loves of her life were her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her son, Sean Brickell, and his wife, Robin; daughter, Heidi Ullrich, and her fiance, Doug Crismore; five grandchildren, Alex Snyder, and his wife Jessica, Lesley Snyder, Quentin Brickell, Rachel Ullrich and Jacob Ullrich, and his fiance, Chelsea Roberts; two great-grandchildren, Connor and Oliver Snyder; and numerous nieces and nephews. Betty is also survived by her lifelong friend and companion, Ellis “Buddy” Gwin.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.,  Friday, Oct. 18, at Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home, 601 North Witchduck Road. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, at the funeral home. A reception will follow follow visitation.

If desired, please make memorial donations to the Edward E. Brickell Scholarship Fund through the Virginia Beach Rotary Club, P.O. Box 2256, Virginia Beach, VA 23450.

Share online condolences with the family at Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home.

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