In Memory of



Obituary for Betty Fagan

Betty Lou Witherington Fagan, 85, of Hardy, Va., went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Tuesday, March 5, 2024, with her son, Bryan, daughter, Kari, and caregiver, Donna, as witnesses to her “homecoming.”

Betty was a devoted wife and mother, a loving grandmother, “Mimi,” a faithful and active church member, and a life-long friend for those fortunate enough to spend time with her. She was an avid reader, movie attendee, and a lover of animals.

Born on April 21, 1938, to Annie Mae and Leon Thomas Witherington in South Norfolk, Va., Betty Lou lost her mother at a young age. She was blessed with a wonderfully loving stepmother, Frances, who she loved and cared for until her (Frances’) death. Betty graduated from Oscar Smith High School in 1956 and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in education from Madison College (now James Madison University). She then completed her advanced education with a master’s degree from the University of Virginia. Before moving to Hardy, Va., in 2006, Betty lived in Manassas with her family for most of her public school career. She worked a few years teaching Business and Typing, but most of her time was spent as a Guidance Counselor first at Garfield High School in Woodbridge, Va. And then at Stonewall Jackson High School in Manassas, from which she retired.

Throughout her very active life, she made and kept many friends who became more like family. She was affectionately nick-named “Dukie” by her father and the name stuck for those closest to her in her early years. She had a gift for making friends as is evident in the many cards, emails, phone calls, and visits she received in the recent months. She enjoyed spending her time with friends while shopping, going out to restaurants, watching movies, hitting the craft shows, playing Bridge (although she always felt sorry whoever had to be her partner), going on vacation at the beach, and just talking on the phone. Much of the time spent with Betty would have been spent laughing as she had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh. If you were blessed enough to call Betty your friend, you had a friend for life.

Although she was predeceased by her parents, Annie Mae, Leon, and Frances; her brother, Aubrey Thomas; and Bill, her loving, faithful husband of 57 years; we have the assurance that she is reunited with them now.  Her children were blessed to watch her reaction as heaven was opened to her and she first caught sight of her Savior. She leaves behind many who love her: her daughter, Kari, and her husband, Scott Moorhead; her son, Bryan, and his wife, Katie; her grandchildren, Emily, Levi, and Jenson; brother-in-law, Bob, and his wife, Diane; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; and many, MANY friends.  Although all those who remain will feel her absence, we are confident in the knowledge that we will see her again.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Caring Companions, Gentiva Hospice, and the special workers at Harmony Assisted Living. We were certainly blessed by those who showed such care and compassion to Mom over the past year.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2024, at Oakey’s Vinton Chapel. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. and a service at 10 a.m. with Pastor Jeff Keaton officiating. 

We will be live-streaming the service for those who cannot attend. Click on the link below to view the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to Renewanation, two organizations she was passionate about.

Arrangements by Oakey’s Funeral Service – Vinton Chapel, Vinton, VA (540) 982-2221

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