BETSY JANE SMITH SPENCER peacefully returned to her rightful place in Heaven on Sunday, March 3, 2019, at Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham, Maryland, with her family by her side. The world was blessed when Randolph Smith and Parthenia Brown Smith gave birth to Betsy, most lovingly known as “Pie”, on January 30, 1946, in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. She was the youngest of their seven children: Geraldine, Dorothy, Rosetta, Geneva, Sylvia, and William.
Betsy was raised in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, and received her formal education in the public schools of Halifax County. She later relocated to Washington, DC, expanded her family, and pursued a career in nursing. She became employed as a nurse at the Washington, DC, Veteran Affairs Medical Center where she provided health care services to military veterans for twenty-two years before retiring in 2009.
Betsy was well-known for her warm heart and for making those around her smile. She loved to fellowship with family and friends, most often through her love of music, which created countless memories of fun times and laughter. Her loving and vibrant spirit provided uplifting and comfort to all the lives she touched. For such an amazing woman, it is only natural that we pass her wonderful qualities and zest for life to those left to carry on her legacy.
In addition to her parents, God’s Heavenly plans have allowed Betsy to be greeted in Heaven by those who preceded her in death: her granddaughter, D’Chanta; her daughter, Kim; her sisters, Geraldine, Dorothy, Rosetta, and Sylvia; and her brother, William. We are so fortunate that Betsy continued to hold on to God’s unchanging hand so this reunion could take place, and His plan is also that she welcomes all of us at the gate!
Those left to cherish her precious memories, carry her torch, and sing the praises of her love are her children, Bonita Washington of Falls Church, VA, Michelle Washington of Fort Washington, MD, Gilbert Washington (Cliffie) of District Heights, MD, and Ollie Spencer, Jr. of Capital Heights, MD; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; her sister, Geneva Abington of Roanoke Rapids, NC, and we couldn’t begin to name the many extraordinary family members and loyal friends.
A viewing will be held at 11:00 A.M. with the funeral services to follow at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, March 9, 2019, in the chapel of the funeral home. Pastor Gerry L. Smith will officiate, and burial will follow in the Brown Family Cemetery, William R. Davie School Road, Roanoke Rapids, NC. The family will receive friends at William R. Davie School immediately following the committal and benediction ceremony.