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08/03/12 - NNHS Newsletter - Bette Lee Heath

Bette Lee Heath
(01 Aug 1939 - 01 Aug 2012)

Newport News High School Class of 1957

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   We have more sad news this Friday. 
   Bette Lee Heath, Class of 1957, sister of Fran Heath Scott ('62) of VA, passed away in Newport News on Wednesday, August 01, 2012, her 73rd birthday.

From the Daily Press - 08/03/12:   

                   Bette Lee Heath


NEWPORT NEWS - Bette Lee Heath, 73, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, in her home surrounded by her children and family.

She was a native of Cape Charles, Va., on the Eastern Shore and a resident of Newport News for more than 70 years. Bette worked as a professor of nursing at Hampton University where she retired from after 34 years of service. She was a member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church. She was a member of Grace Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association, Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society, Chi Eta Phi Sorority, the National League for Nursing, The American Nursing Association, Delta Kappa Gamma Honor Society of Women Educators, and the Daughters of the King.


Bette Lee Heath

She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas James Heath, and Sabrina Hallett Heath.

Survivors include her two daughters, Mrs. Sabrina-Lee Heath Miles (Mr. William D. Miles), Mrs. Mary Kate Heath (Mrs. Mary Jan Murphy); sister, Frances Lene Scott; many sisters in Christ of the International Daughters of the King; four grandchildren, Thomas James-Arthur Roberson, Sabrina Lee Mary Katherine Miles, Travis J. Seely, Brittany Nicole Seely; one nephew, Heath Christopher Scott (Deanna Carpenter); and two great-nieces, Ani Marie Scott, and Veda Blue Scott.

The family will receive friends Saturday, Aug. 4, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held Monday, Aug. 6, at 11 a.m. at St. Andrews Episcopal Church officiated by the Dr. Rev. Robert D. Marston, and the Rev. Betty Hudson. Placement of ashes will be in St. Andrews Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to the Joanna Chapter Daughters of the King in care of St. Andrews Episcopal Church.

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press from August 2 to August 4, 2012.   
Guest Book


August 02, 2012

To the Beloved family of Bette Heath.
Our prayers are with you in this time of sorrow. Be uplifted as Bette will forever live on in our hearts and minds. We will really miss our loving and kind hearted Sister.
Barbara Cross, President
Sigma Theta Tau International
Nurses Honor Society

~ Barbara Cross, Hampton, Virginia

August 02, 2012

We are so sorry for your loss. Bette was a dear customer as well as a great friend to us for many years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Chippie, Randy and Kim
The Uniform Wearhouse 

~ Unsigned

August 02, 2012

Mary and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Take comfort in your memories of her and all the good and joyful times you shared. If you need anything please call on us.
Love - Scott and Amy

August 02, 2012

Fran and family,
I am so sorry to hear of your sister's passing. I know she will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and her family.


August 02, 2012

Fran & family,
God's strength and peace knowing that the leaving of this life is not the end but the beginning. You have been in my prayers since our conversation Sunday and will remain so. Will talk with you soon. Blessings!
A kid from the old block & oldest friend - Donna O'Malley Heath

~ Donna O. Heath, Clarksville, Tennessee

August 02, 2012

Fran and family,
My heart and prayers go out to you in your loss. Peace be with you and God bless you all.

August 02, 2012

Briney, Mary, Fran and all,
Just read about Bette in the Daily Press online. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

August 02, 2012    

August 02, 2012

We will miss you so much. I ate a many hot dogs at Hot Dog King with Betsy and shared a lot of Happy stories. Just remember Got has another angel by His side watching over us. Ellen and I will be praying for all of her family and hope to see you at our high school reunion.

Love and Peace
Donald and Ellen

~ Unsigned

August 02, 2012

Fran and family, very sorry to hear of your sister's passing. Thanks for letting us know. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

~ Homer & Carol Thompson, Fayetteville, Tennessee

August 02, 2012

Sabrina and Family,
May God's strength hold you up. Our prayers and love are with you and you are wrapped in "Nim-Nim" hugs. Call if you need me - you know the rules - 24/7. Give Thomas and Sabrina Lee all my love. Carol (Nim-Nim) and Carter (Coach)

~ Unsigned

August 02, 2012

Fran, just a brief note to let you know that my thoughts are with you. God bless.

~ Jimmy Parker, Newport News, Virginia

August 03, 2012

Bette was one of my favorite instructors when I attended TNCC School of Nursing. She was an excellent mentor and friend. Her love of nursing and her dedication to our profession were positive influences on many nursing students. My thoughts and Prayers are with her family at this difficult time.

~ Barbara Yost, Newport News, Virginia

August 03, 2012

My dear friend from Hampton University's School of Nursing....what fun we had...teaching and getting our masters together. You are such a wonderful person, mother and friend.
I will miss you.
Peace to you and your family.
Faye "Faye-Bird" Lemon

Bitsy was a wonderful kind Lady, I worked many Community Theater shows with her over the years often she and my mother performed in the same shows.
As my mother's Alzheimer's began to develop, Bitsy was there to often support to my dad and me. She will be missed by so many, yet her Mission of taking care of others will continue though the many nurses she mentored.

August 03, 2012

Fran and Sabrina and family -

Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.


~ Unsigned

August 03, 2012

She was a lovely person and I have fond memories of our Newport News High School days. Blessings to the family.

~ Harry Covert, Frederick, Maryland

August 03, 2012

I can't believe that Ms. Heath has left us. I was first introduced to Ms. Heath in Fundamentals of Nursing at Hampton University, (I remember on a skills check off, she was sitting beside me asking can I hear the bump in the blood pressure or not - I could not let her down and tell her I could not hear it... she quickly figured it out when I gave her the wrong answer... she smiled and said "Child, try it again and give me the right answer"). Not only was she a great teacher and mentor, she later became a great friend of mine. There was never a moment that she did not take time to talk, teach, joke or even tell us when we were wrong. I know that GOD has claimed another angel in Ms. Heath. To Brinie and Mary, your mother talked about you so much, I thought you were my sisters. I will miss her as you will, please know you have an extended family here for you. May GOD continue to embrace, strengthen and love you all.
Ronnette HU c/o 1997

August 04, 2012

Love to all the family...I will always remember her great personality and cheerful attitude.. mac

~ Diane McMullin, Durango Co., Colorado

August 04, 2012

Mary, Briny and family,
Sorry for your loss. Ms. Heath was one of a kind. She indeed was one of the best Nursing Instructors that I have ever met. I credit her with mentoring me as I became an Adjunct Clinical Nursing Instructor under her Supervision at Hampton University. She was my confidante. I
will greatly miss her frequent telephone chats. She always talked about her precious daughters "Briny and Mary". May she rest in peace.


August 04, 2012

Mary and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and love are with you in the days ahead.

~ Vicki Piano

August 05, 2012

So sorry to hear of Bette Lee's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family as they go through this difficult time. We know she will be missed.


~ Carlo and Billie Carol Mandrone


August 05, 2012

Fran and Family;
I just heard of Bette's passing. I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

~ Danny and Cortney Lovell

August 05, 2012

Briney and Mary, So sorry to hear of the loss of Bitsy (as I knew her). I worked with her at Mary Immaculate Hospital in L&D and she taught at TNCC, I graduated in 1974. She had a great sense of humor, and we enjoyed many good times and laughs. She will be missed by all who knew her and my prayers to her girls (who she always talked about) and family.

~ Barbara Avant RN, Newport News, Virginia

August 06, 2012

Frances, I am sorry to see you have lost your sister. May you and your family find comfort in God and his word in the coming days.

~ Jean Barnhart Skorupa, Newport News, Virginia

August 06, 2012

Sabrina and Mary, I have such good memories of all the crazy times we had at your house, and always your Mom was part of the fun! I know she's in good company now, but it's hard for us to have her there. We're all praying for you.
Ruth Bedore
Contact Me

August 06, 2012

Sabrina and Mary, I treasure memories of fun at your house and your very nice mom!
Take care, Bernice Cavalluzzi (Sullivan)

~ Bernice Cavalluzzi, Bainbridge Island, Washington

August 07, 2012

Briny, Mary and family, I was so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I will miss her and all the fun and jokes we had while teaching together at Hampton, then at lunches after she retired. She and I had a lot of laughs at the computer, you know it was her "Friend". Hampton and its students were always very dear to her and she made a lot of difference in their lives over the years.

~ Susan Jones and Esther Condon

August 08, 2012

To The Family. So very sorry for your loss. I have many fond and funny memories of Bette - from Hampton University and the Hampton VA Medical Center. She was a wonderful person and a tribute to the nursing profession. May God help you through this difficult time.

~ Portia Goode-Hurd, Hampton, Virginia

August 08, 2012

Mary, Briney, and Frances--I'm so remembering the wonderful and caring person your mom and sister were to me and to my kids. She was an awesome lady and put her arms around me when I lost Bill. I now put my arms around you. Janie Wolf

August 16, 2012    

Dear family of Bitsy Heath (That is what we called her),
I was a student nurse at Grace Hospital, School of Nursing in Richmond, Va, at the same time she was there; she was a year ahead if me, I have very fond memories of her and that wonderful sense of humor. She was my "Big Sister" when I was a freshman and was a lot of help learning all of the regulations that they had for us. One of the most important was helping getting my cap right - it was a bear!!!!!!! I have only seen her several times since graduation, but I was so proud of her accomplishment in her chosen profession and she was a splendid example of the training that we had. She was indeed a wonderful mother to her children. That was the kind of person that she was and always projected you, and you must have some wonderful memories.
I am sorry for you loss,and my prayers are with your family.
Take care
Betty Southworth Archer, Class of 61


August 17, 2012  

  I loved you more than words could ever express, and I miss you more than anything could ever heal, my precious, precious mother.

August 26, 2012  

   As I told you as you were leaving that this is not good-bye, this is just until we meet again, and until that happens there will be a hole in my heart, waiting for you to fill. Again thank you for all your love unconditionally.  

~  Mary Heath, Virginia

   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Bette's family and friends at this difficult time.

   This information is also posted here: 

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 08/08/12, 10:43 AM - "  Bette Lee Heath (Deceased)":

Hi, Carol:
What a pleasant surprise to find your Newsletter today. Glad you are back and running again. Nice to have you back, for you sure have been missed.

The obituary for Bette Lee "Bitsy" Heath, NNHS 1957, of VA did not mention one important "Small World" fact.
She worked as a Nurse at the Kecoughtan Veterans Administration Hospital, after she completed nursing training and most likely knew your late father
-       Robert Buckley (John Marshall HS - '25) (19 Oct 1907 - 25 Apr 1960) - while working at that facility.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   WOWZERS! I had never considered such a possibility! Thanks so much, Sweet Adonis - you made my day with that happy thought!

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

 O God, Our Help in Ages Past

Words by Isaac Watts, The Psalms of David, 1719 (based on Psalm 90)
(17 July 1674 - 25 Nov 1748)

Music, St. Anne, by
William Croft, 1708
(10 Dec 1678 - 14 Aug 1727)

1. O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home.

2. Under the shadow of Thy throne
Thy saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is Thine arm alone,
And our defense is sure.

3. Before the hills in order stood,
Or earth received her frame,
From everlasting Thou art God,
To endless years the same.

4. Thy Word commands our flesh to dust,
“Return, ye sons of men”:
All nations rose from earth at first,
And turn to earth again.

5. A thousand ages in Thy sight
Are like an evening gone;
Short as the watch that ends the night
Before the rising sun.

6. The busy tribes of flesh and blood,
With all their lives and cares,
Are carried downwards by the flood,
And lost in foll’wing years.

7. Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
Bears all its sons away;
They fly, forgotten, as a dream
Dies at the op’ning day.

8. Like flow’ry fields the nations stand
Pleased with the morning light;
The flow’rs beneath the mower’s hand
Lie with’ring ere ’tis night.

9. O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Be Thou our guard while troubles last,
And our eternal home.

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Thanks again, Herbie!!

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