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Betsy Ellisa Thomas


Sunrise: September 9, 1960

Sunset: June 8, 2022

On Wednesday, June 8, 2022, Betsy Ellisa Thomas passed away in the presence of loved ones and into the realm of everlasting peace at the age of 61. Betsy was born on September 9, 1960, in Norfolk, VA, to Stanley Thomas Sr. and Bessie Thomas. Betsy’s father, Stanley Thomas Sr., and her nephew Demetric L. Coleman predeceased in her death.  

Betsy was a proud graduate of Indian River High School, a graduate from Tidewater Community College with an AAS in Management, and a BS from Old Dominion University in Training and Development. She worked for the Commonwealth of Virginia for 30 years and retired from Old Dominion University. She also worked part-time at Tidewater Motor for over 15 years and gained additional family workers and friends.

She loves the Lord and believes in His word that she will one day meet Him face to face. She has been a member of Calvary Revival Church since 1995, where she learned to become a woman of great faith. 

Betsy was always a joy to be around. She always kept family and friends smiling and laughing, whether she was mocking someone, being dramatic, telling stories about herself, or dancing to jazz. Betsy was very hard working and inspiring. Even though she had been sick for a long time, she was not sickly. Instead, she fought a good fight.

Betsy’s unstoppable entrepreneurial spirit led her to start two businesses, Thomas Entertainment Tours and a home staging company, Designer Advantage. Betsy was known for enjoying gospel and smooth jazz music, smooth jazz plays, pro-NFL games, and inspiring religious plays. People traveled with her to see the many sites her travel business offered in different countries.

Betsy’s love for her family was to get them on Family Feud, and the good news was they had interviewed for two auditions.

Betsy leaves to cherish her mother, Bessie Thomas, sister Etta Thomas Coleman, brother Stanley Thomas Jr. (Pearl), longtime friend Ronnie Lomax, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephew, cousins, extended family Tiffany and Kenneth Parker and her godchildren Asa and Naomi Parker.

Viewing Friday, June 24, 2022 2:00pm-6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523 Service COME IN PERSON OR WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Saturday, June 25, 2022 11:00am Metropolitan Funeral Service Berkley Chapel Interment Roosevelt Memorial Park 1101 Campostella Road Chesapeake, VA 23320 *Masks Required*

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    Kimberly (Lynch) Hall says

    Mrs. Thomas, Etta and Stanley: I am so sorry to hear about my friend, my classmate and my neighborhood playmate, Betsy. I know she is at peace with no more pain and suffering. I am praying for you all.

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      Minister Sebrina Brown says

      I extend my deepest sympathy to Sister Betsy’s family and friends. Hers was a life well witnessed for Christ. May the Lord provide comfort as only He can. Praying for you all.

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    Russell "Junie" Lee says

    To the Thomas family: I was so deeply sorry to hear about Betsy. We all grew up together in our “village” and this is like losing a family member! However, as Kim said, she is now at peace. I will keep you in my prayers and if you ever need anything, we are here for you! Love you all.

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    Vicki Avery says

    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of my dear friend Betsy. My prayers and thoughts are with the family. May she rest in peace until we met again.

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    Tammie Smith says

    My heart broke when I heard of Betsy’s passing. She was a great supervisor and friend. I’m glad she is now getting her rest.

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    Vivian Deborah Sivels (Banks) says

    To the Thomas family, sorry to hear about my classmate and good friend Betsy. She will forever be missed and Love. But we know that God love her more and she is not at peace and no more pain. Praying for the family during this time.

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    Lillian Thompson, Tawana Hardy and family says

    Our prayers and heart with the family. Betsy will always be missed and loved. Betsy is now in peace with the Lord.

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    Kim Wint says

    I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of my friend, Betsy. My prayers are with the family. Betsy was such a beautiful and sweet person. I loved talking with her.

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    A.Pearl Thomas says

    The our family, the Thomas’ and anyone else that may be connected.

    My husband who has lost a “baby sister” , friend and fellow, jazz lover.

    Our children have lost an aunt while they saw a very hard working example of a “go getter” up close.

    I will certainly miss one of the most dramatic and over the top “story-teller” yet. Betsy will be missed for her ability to AUTOMATICALLY go “into character” as she would tell a story or recreate what could have taken place. We have lots of very funny and happy memories to keep alive for the generations to come.
    Rest in heaven my sista’ as I told you before you went to your forever home.
    God’s children just says, see ya later.

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    Rovia Cook says

    My condolences to the family. As I reflect on many conversations, laughter and hugs with Betsy I am thankful to God and appreciative for the many years of friendship. May you rest in peace old friend. You will be missed.

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    Pam Harris says

    My condolences to the Thomas family and Ronnie. Betsy was my former colleague and friend. I will miss our conversations. You fought a good fight. May you rest in peace.

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    Vyone says

    I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of Betsy. May the special memories you made together help you through this difficult time.

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    Loretta Barnard says

    To the family, friends, & love ones:May God continuously bless, strengthen, and comfort you all during this time. Philippians 1:21~”To live is Christ and to die is again.”

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    Loretta Barnard says

    June 22, 2022 at 1:56 pm
    To the family, friends, & love ones:May God continuously bless, strengthen, and comfort you all during this time. Philippians 1:21~”To live is Christ and to die is Gain.”
    IRH CLASS of 1977💙

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    Shilisa Daniels says

    Betsy was a sweet, pleasant person to be around. Her smile illuminated a room. I cherish our time together fellowshipping and traveling.
    Family and friends may God continue to strengthen and comfort your
    heart!

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    Connie Davis-Croker says

    I am so saddened to hear of the passing of Betsy. Rest on my dear ODU officemate and I will always cherish the special times we shared.

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    Shy Wescott says

    My deepest condolences to the family. Betsy will truly be missed. I will miss our catch up conversations. And the advice she will give me Betsy was truly a gem. She will always be with you all. ❤️ Shy

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    Sharon Caniely Riggins says

    June 24,2022 at2:30am
    To my neighborhood family.Send my condolences to you all. Betsy was down to earth person, who loved people.
    She will be truly missed.
    Sharon Caniely Riggins

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