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Mrs. Elizabeth Wilson "Betty" Gee

04/13/1935 - 06/06/2022


Betty was born in 1935 to Virginia and Thornton Wilson. Virginia was a homemaker and Thornton became a successful drycleaning business owner. Mom had many fond memories of her childhood that she loved to tell her children and grandchildren. Her stories helped us understand what her life was like in those days. Some of those stories that should be mentioned are “the devil suit”, “dad saves payroll”, “borrowing sugar”, “peeping Tom”, “pistol packing momma”, and many more. Betty had such fond memories of growing up in Roanoke Rapids, NC where she would walk to school or walk over to visit her grandmother who always had something sweet to eat and love to give. Mom would tell us about her aunts Lib and Francis who were special to her as she grew up. Betty was the oldest of four children. She had two brothers, Buck Wilson Richmond,VA) and Tom Wilson (now deceased) and her much younger sister Lee Tinney (Wilmington, NC). Mom had a running joke with her siblings primarily Buck as to whom was mother’s favorite child using a number to reference their level on the favorite scale. Betty’s brother Tom was handsome, smooth talking, and made everyone feel special. Buck was athletic, strong, and always looked after Betty. Furthermore, Mom always thought Lee was beautiful and often made mention of her beauty inside and out. Once graduating high school, Betty attended Peace Women’s College. The school required white gloves be worn when off campus. Proper etiquette and lady like behavior was very much at the center of the education. Betty’s mother Virginia always exemplified and reinforced those standards. During college, Betty attended a wedding in Richmond. Ben Gee a young pharmacist in the Air Force happened to be there and was to be deployed to Alaska in several weeks. Jean Bagley described mom’s appearance to that of “a coke bottle”. Dad told me that mom looked like Elizabeth Taylor. Ben wasted no time and asked Betty to marry him and in a short time they were together in Alaska. Ben and Betty later built their home in South Hill, VA on the Gee family farm. Ben’s family were primarily farmers where extremely hard work determined your value. We can assume Betty had a bit of culture shock. Betty and Ben raised four children in South Hill. The first was Beth then Kendall, Michaux and later, Mark. While raising her family, Mom’s love of painting grew which continued throughout her life. Mom’s paintings often depicted flowers, angels, portraits of family (things she loved) and now adorne many of our homes. Betty and Ben found Jesus together during the 70’s and both were devoted to helping others find Jesus. Betty and Ben had weekly prayer meetings in their home in South Hill. They both were involved in every opportunity that promoted leading others to Jesus. Ben loved Betty with all his heart until his death in 1987. Betty’s love and devotion to Ben was always obvious and was only equaled with her love for the Lord. She dedicated her life to serving the Lord and always did her best to introduce Jesus to others. Mom’s values and her life’s faithful example will live on for many generations to come. Mom’s life has touched so many people including her 14 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren all of whom have been touched by her prayers. Mom, we are happy for you today as you are with Dad, Kendall, Tom, Judy, Jean, Lucille, Tina, Grandmother, Grandfather, and many others that you may have helped join you in Heaven. Mom was always faithful to Jesus! A funeral service will be conducted on Thursday June 9, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. in Crowder-Hite-Crews Funeral Home and Crematory with interment to follow in Oakwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends starting at 10:00 A.M. until service time in the funeral home. Online condolences may be made through our website, Crowder-Hite-Crews Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Gee family.

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  1. My husband and I attended many of those home prayer meetings and learned a lot from our elders. Their home was always so warm and inviting. I think I may be the only one left here on earth. So I guess they are having one BIG meeting right now with Jesus right there in the middle of them and they just
    Shooting the questions to Him!

  2. Condolences to the family of Betty Gee

    My condolences to the Gee and Holmes family. I have fond memories of the weekly teen bible studies we had at the Gee’s. Mrs. Gee was a sweet and beautiful christian lady. She’s with the Lord Jesus and those who have gone before her now. My prayer for the family is to find comfort in knowing that one day you will see her again.
    Ross Stroud

  3. Mrs. Gee taught my Sunday school class when I was very young. She also gave me personal art lessons that I’ll always remember. May her delightful soul remain in our hearts.

  4. I loved Betty Gee so much. She was the most beautiful lady I have ever known. Always loved to hear her speak or teach at church. God has definitely gained an angel. May God be with each and every member of her family. She will be missed by everybody that knew her. Lots of love from my home to yours.


    I attended those late 1970’s weekly meetings at the Gee house. Sweet Presence of Jesus lived with them in that house.
    Betty always had a smile and a twinkle in her eye. My condolences to the family.

  6. I was her home care nurse her friend friend of the family and as I took care of her we grew real close so close that I thought of her as my mother my mother passed when I was very young and I will miss her very dearly but yet I know she is in a better place and she is happy cuz she is with our father in heaven but it’s a sad and happy occasion cuz as soon as she was gone I missed her but I know she’s in a better place but I know I have to wait my turn in one day I will see our father in heaven and her and my mother I hope when I go they will greet me together and wouldn’t that be a great site all of our loved ones greeting us and heaven and for Beth Misha mark especially Mark for bringing his mother into my life I hope that you get through this sorrow very easily knowing that she’s in a better place and that will all be with her later

  7. Family of Betty Gee

    Beautiful picture! I didn’t know Betty for long but she was always gracious and receptive to conversation. I know she was very well taken care of by Beth and Kurt. They went out of their way to make their home her home and to make her feel wanted, loved and comfortable. I’m sure she’s at peace now knowing she was loved and cared for. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  8. Beautiful picture! I didn’t know Betty for long but she was always gracious and receptive to conversation. I know she was very well taken care of by Beth and Kurt. They went out of their way to make their home her home and to make her feel wanted, loved and comfortable. I’m sure she’s at peace now knowing she was loved and cared for. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  9. Oh the memories! Mrs. Gee was the sweetest lady to me! Beth & I dated musicians back in the day, & didn’t she have a crystal ball! 🙂 Only Beth is chuckling right now! I hope to see you all tomorrow. Prayers of peace for each and all the family.

  10. Dear Beth and family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. How wonderful your care and loving respect for your mother was in the last years of her life.

    Love and prayers, Ellen

  11. Weeping for us, rejoicing for her.

    Precious Family of Betty Gee,
    It is with much sadness for us I have to let Betty join the many precious saints who have gone before her. I know there is much rejoicing in Heaven. My consolation comes in knowing we don’t grieve as those without hope. We know one day we will be reunited with those who loved Jesus and we loved.
    You are all in my prayers at this difficult time and I pray you will each feel the comfort only God can give. Love to you all.

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