Betsy Toohey

Obituary of Betsy Brodhead Toohey

Betsy B. Toohey, 86, passed away peacefully in her home on January 7, 2020. Betsy, born in Bethlehem, PA and raised in various parts of Philadelphia, graduated from Ursinus College in 1955 with a BA in Education. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and dedicated her life to her family while always demonstrating graciousness, appreciation, and a determined spirit. Betsy lived in Manassas, VA since 2010 and previously lived in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Beaumont, TX, Houston, Ocean City, NJ, and South Riding, VA. Besides her family, Betsy’s passions were music and church. Betsy was a church organist early in her life and sang in numerous Methodist church choirs. Since 1999, Betsy was a member of the Centreville United Methodist Church. Betsy was predeceased by her devoted husband of 53 years, Richard S. Toohey. Betsy is survived by two sons, Richard B. Toohey and his wife Pam of North Potomac MD; and W. Daniel Toohey and his wife Jen Epler, of Rehoboth Beach, DE; a daughter, Elizabeth A. Toohey of Manassas, VA; three grandchildren, Megan Toohey of Lordstown, OH; Greg Toohey and his wife Alexa, of Rockville, MD and Grace Toohey of Orlando, FL; three great-grandchildren, AJ, Aurora, and Emma; and six nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank the teams from Visiting Angels and Heartland Hospice for all the loving care shown to Betsy throughout the last years of her life; and the gracious, cheerful tea ladies from Centreville United Methodist Church who always brightened her day. The family will hold a memorial service at Centreville United Methodist Church (6400 Old Centreville Road, Centreville, Virginia 20121) on Monday January 20th, 2020 at 11 a.m. with a reception immediately afterwards. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the Heartland Hospice in Fairfax, VA, https://heartlandhospicefund.org/ who provided such great and loving care at the end of Betsy’s life or the Parkinson’s Foundation https://www.parkinson.org/ in her memory.
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