Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home & Memorial Park

2551 North Armistead Ave, Hampton, VA


Betty Bowen Williams

April 23, 1930June 21, 2020

Betty Bowen Williams, 90, of Hampton, Va, passed away on June 21, 2020.

Betty was a recent resident of Westland, Michigan, but was a resident of the Peninsula her entire life. She graduated from St. Vincent High School/Peninsula Catholic High School in 1948. Betty worked for Bell Atlantic where she served as a supervisor and retired in 1985 with over 30 years of service. She had many memberships including: Order of the Eastern Star Colonial Chapter No. 40, Telephone Pioneers of America, and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 25.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest G. Bowen, Sr. and Pearl E. Bowen; her husband, Edwin F. Williams, Sr., grandson, John W. Williams; brothers, Ernest G. Bowen, Jr., and James H. Bowen. She is survived by her sons, Edwin F. Williams, Jr. (Donna) of Hampton, VA, John E. Williams (Kathy) of Yorktown, VA; daughters, Debora P. Schutz (Vincent) of Mulberrry, IN, Rebecca G. Valente (Kevin) of Westland, MI; 10 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.

A private Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Ave., Hampton, Va with a visitation to be held from 1-2pm, your own personal mask will be required. Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Mary Star of the Sea Waterfront Classroom and Lab, 14 N. Willard Ave., Hampton, Va 23663.

Friends are encouraged to visit www.parklawn-woodfh.com to share memories and words of condolence with the family.



  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 30, 2020


  • Private Celebration of Life Service


Betty Bowen Williams

have a memory or condolence to add?

Amy Porter

July 3, 2020

(I love you so much Mama and I know you are in a peaceful place in great company. I miss you more than there are angels footprints in Heaven. Rest easy )

Mama, I wonder
where you keep your wings.

Are they hung in your closet
with the rest of your things?

Do you put them away
and just use them at night

or give them to us
to polish up bright?

I know you have wings,
for this must be true,

'cause God always gives
them to angels just like you.

Anne Stora Rockey

July 2, 2020

To the Williams Family,
I am saddened to learn of the passing of your Mother. I was privileged to spend my entire childhood living next door to your grandparents, Pearl and Bo, your mother and her siblings, Grady and Jim. Even though I was a bit younger than your mother, she was
always kind and considerate to a little child. I have been blessed to have many many fond memories of the Bowen family, who I loved like my second family.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Anna Clemins

June 27, 2020

My deepest sympathy extend to the family. I worked with Betty at the telephone co. We would sometime have lunch together. She was so funny. She was also my sister with the Eastern Star. May grace and peace be with you in your time of grief.

Loye Spencer

June 27, 2020

I am so sorry to hear the sad news. I lived down the street on Valirey Drive from Betty for over 30 year before she moved. After she retired, I often saw her relaxing in her back yard and I would wave as I headed home from school. I was happy when she asked to be FB friends earlier this year and I was able to wish her a Happy 90th Birthday and view the great birthday celebration photos. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers during this time . ❤️ 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️

Gerald Blanchard

June 27, 2020

sweet lady that did not know a stranger. My life was blessed to have been a part of her family. God bless and prayers for the family.

Diana Schutz

June 27, 2020

Betty, You gave your beautiful daughter to our son for his wife and giving us our first “ daughter”! We are grateful for that!!
We will miss your infectious laugh and wonderful sense of humor! We have had a lot of them over the years!
We will try to take care of your daughter and her family for you till we meet again!
Rest In Peace!
Love, Jim and Diana