Betty Lorene (Lamb) Wawrzyniec. 85, of Fairfax, Virginia, passed away on 24 August at Avalon House in McLean, VA.
A memorial service will be held at the Saint Paul Catholic Church, Mosinee, Wisconsin, on October 6th at 11:00 a.m., with Reverend Donald L. Meuret officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from10:00 am until the time of service. Burial will be at the Mosinee Cemetery.
Betty was born in Jacksonville, Arkansas, to Fred and Minnie Lamb on October 27, 1932. She graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1949. She was an adventurer ahead of her time moving to Houston, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and then Washington D.C., where she met and married Bill Wawrzyniec, an Airman in the US Air Force, stationed at Bolling AFB. Marrying Bill brought more adventure and six children into her life while traveling the world including Wisconsin, Illinois, Mississippi, Arkansas, Japan, the Philippines, Michigan, Kansas, and Virginia.
Over the years, Betty worked in a variety of private and civil service jobs and, in the early 1980s, she made the decision to attend the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, ultimately graduating with a B.A. in Public Administration. In 1986 she began working as an analyst for the US Army at Fort Belvoir and for US Army Personnel Command in Alexandria, Virginia, until retiring in 2001.
Betty enjoyed traveling, reading, writing, music, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She will be remembered for her ready smile, easy laugh, generosity, enthusiasm, storytelling, curiosity, interest in current events, and her love of family and friends.
Betty is survived by five children: Debbie (Jon) Zuiker, Centreville, VA; Steve Wawrzyniec, Albuquerque, NM; Michael Wawrzyniec, Elkton, VA; David Wawrzyniec, Centreville, VA; Vicki (Todd Coram) Wawrzyniec, Falls Church, VA; two brothers: Robert Lamb, Alexander, AR; Carl Lamb, Boswell, PA; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Wawrzyniec; father and mother, Fred and Minnie Lamb; son, Timothy Wawrzyniec; brothers Norman, Max, George (Shelby); and sister, Lillian Lamb Gheen.
Memorial donations may be made to Insight Memory Care Center, 3953 Pender Drive, Suite 100, Fairfax, VA 22030. https://www.insightmcc.org/get-involved/donate/ The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the exceptional nursing staff at Avalon House of McLean, Virginia, and to Betty’s dear friends and coworkers from her many years of US Government civil service.