Published 12:00 am Friday, January 16, 2009
Betty Sutterby Wilcox, 89, of Suffolk, Va., passed away Jan. 14, 2009. She was born in Avon, N.Y., the daughter of the late Frances Fenton Sutterby and Dr. William H. Sutterby. She was predeceased by her husband, William A. Wilcox. Betty served as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army during World War II. She retired as a physical therapist, starting the first physical therapy department in Obici Hospital. Betty was a member of West End Baptist Church, the Tuesday Afternoon Book Club, and the Suffolk and Tidewater Women’s Golf Associations. She was active and well loved by her community where she was a member of various civic organizations.
Betty is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Gwynn W. Sutterby, of Orlando, Fla., Molly-Jeanne Ballard Wilcox Crow and husband, H. Gregg, of Suffolk, Va.; sons and daughters-in-law, William Michael Wilcox and wife, Ashley, of Virginia Beach, Va., Robert Mitchell Rawles Wilcox and wife, Sabrina, of Windsor, Va.; grandchildren, Robert, Christy, William II, Silas, Rawles, Sterling, and Will; sister, Jeanne Coyne, of New York; brother, Francis “Red” Sutterby, of MS.
A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009 at 11 a.m. at the Portsmouth Center at Lake Prince Woods with the Rev. Floyd T. “Skip” Irby and Chaplain Mary Henderson officiating. Friends may join the family following the service for further time of fellowship at Lake Prince Woods. Burial will be private in Cedar Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: the Nansemond Suffolk Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1515, Suffolk, VA 23439; West End Baptist Church, Senior Fund, 501 W. Washington St., Suffolk, VA 23434; the Salvation Army of Suffolk, 400 Bank St., Suffolk, VA 23434; or Sugarplum Bakery, 1353 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23451. Condolences may be registered online at www.parrfuneralhome.com.