Betty Jeanne Waites was born October 24, 1938 in sleepy Tye River, VA, the daughter of railroad conductor John Powell Davidson and mother Olive Cecil (Clements).
She moved to Alexandria, VA at the age of nine and witnessed many changes during nearly 70 years in the city. She was a graduate of George Washington High School, now George Washington Junior High, and longtime resident of the Del Ray community. It was there she met husband Claude, who was stationed at nearby Ft. Belvoir, and together they lovingly raised their son, Claude, Jr., and four daughters, Deborah, Diane, Karan & Anita.
Betty dedicated her life to serving the needs of thousands of people in the Alexandria community, through her work with The Salvation Army. She was also a loyal member and supporter of the church and its work, showing the love of Christ through her service.
After retirement, she spent time living in Springfield, VA and ultimately Winchester, VA, enjoying birthday parties and gatherings with family, watching her favorite game shows and mastering games on her iPad, such as Candy Crush and Words with Friends.
Affectionately known as G-dub (Grandma Waites), she was a cherished grandmother of nine grandchildren – Courtney, Ryan, Carleigh, Thomas, Timothy, Mac, Jackson, Samuel and Isaac – and two great grandchildren – Lily and Grace.
Though our lives are far less rich without her, we know she is resting in the joy and peace of our Lord and reuniting with her beloved Claude and Claude, Jr. She will be dearly missed by all.
A visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 26th from 6pm to 9pm at Everly Wheatley Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held the following day on Thursday, December 27th at 9am also at Everly Wheatley Funeral Home. The interment at Quantico National Cemetery will follow. All are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to the American Diabetes Association in Betty's name.
American Diabetes Association
2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington VA 22202