Betty Bagwell Collins was born on April 8, 1935 in Accomack County, Virginia. She was the daughter of the late Charlie B. Bagwell and Viola Roberts Bagwell. Betty lived, loved life, and her family until she was called home Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at Shore Health & Rehabilitation Center in Parksley, Virginia.
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Betty attended Accomack County Public Schools. She worked at Whispering Pines Hotel for several years, where she met Milton Collins. Milton and Betty entered into wedlock on February 10, 1958 and she then moved to Onancock, Virginia with Milton and family. Shortly after, Betty began working for Richard & Virginia Hall, Sr., where she worked until 2017. The Halls were her second family, they loved and treated Betty as a member of the family, not an employee.
After the death of Milton, Betty worked hard and then purchased her house on Bagwell Lane with the white fence. She loved her fence because her father Charlie built the fence for her. Betty loved her family near and far. When family and friends would come and visit Accomac, Betty’s house was their first stop and when they departed Accomac, Betty’s house was the last stop. You could always count on a big smile, some food to eat, and some beverages. Betty loved to cook and was famous for her mac-n-cheese and chicken salad. She loved Christmas and New Year’s, because she would vacation in New Jersey with her brother, Donald and sister-in-law, Alberta. She would organize the family reunions and would play her music and dance. Her favorite song, I’ll Take You There by the Staple Singers, would become her family’s anthem. There are so many things Betty did well that would gain the hearts of many. She was loved by many and had many names, such as “Lefty, Big Betty, and Betty Bell.”
She was preceded in death by: husband, Milton Collins; father, Charlie B. Bagwell; mother, Viola Roberts Bagwell; brothers, Rosco, Floyd, George and Ernest; and sisters, Doris Ann, Thelma, Oneita, and Gladys.
She leaves to cherish her memory: sister, Arnetta Custis of Tasley, VA; brothers, Nathaniel (Delores) of Phildelphia, PA and Donald (Alberta) of Paterson, NJ; one sister-in-law, Patricia Bagwell of Jackson, NJ; one brother-in-law, Zollie Branch of Paterson, NJ; and a host of devoted nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.