Bettie Wootten Tussey

October 2, 1945January 15, 2017
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TUSSEY, Bettie Wootten. Born October 2, 1945, Bettie Wootten Tussey passed away in January of 2017. She was the daughter of Garnett E. Wootten and Virginia Leake Wootten of Richmond. She graduated from the Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in business administration and economics in 1975. She worked in the Richmond area as a real estate agent with Napier Realtors ERA for over 35 years. She was a dedicated VCU supporter, and spent her remaining time helping to support disaster relief efforts across the globe as well as traveling with friends and family.

She was predeceased by her parents and her brother, Garnett E. Wootten Jr.; and survived by her sister, Lynda Wootten Hudson; her Uncle Morris F. Leake and wife, LaVerne; her niece, Susan Grady and husband, Chris; nephew, Dabney Scott Hudson and wife, Lindsey; niece, Katie Sudlow and husband, Mark; nephew, Tripp Wootten and wife, Julie; niece, Molly Wootten; as well as other extended family.

A visitation is scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday, January 23, at Woody Funeral Home, 1020 Huguenot Rd., Midlothian, Va. Visitation will be followed by a memorial service beginning at 2 p.m. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Bettie's life. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Richmond Humane Society, the VCU Alumni Association or Humanity Road.


  • Visitation Prior to Service Monday, January 23, 2017
  • Memorial Service Monday, January 23, 2017

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Christine Gerulat`

January 23, 2017

Bettie was a gift to all of us who knew and loved her. Like that present we treasure forever, she will remain a part of our memories Her love of life, people, kitties, real estate, politics, a good joke, a drink or two - and a tear shed when necessary - these were all a part of the total Bettie Tussey we were so lucky to have in our lives. I raise a glass high in a toast to your life. You will be sooooo missed! Hugs Chrissy Gerulat

Christine Thompson

January 23, 2017

Bettie, your life was filled with helping others, both locally and around the world. Your selfless service to others is your legacy. We miss you already.

Chuck Martin

January 23, 2017

Bettie, it is so hard to realize that you have gone. You were so respected by so many in our community and your friends worldwide. Your unmatched honesty and integrity were so needed during the turbulent times we live in. The generosity of your spirit will live in the everyday lives of people who needed your support to speak up to injustice and encourage volunteering. You left a heavy mark for other to live up to. You were taken far too soon.

Chuck Martin

John Whaley

January 23, 2017

Fond memories of Bettie from a Caribbean cruise in 2009 wouldn't have been half the fun without Bettie organising us and cajoling us along with wit, humour and kindness. Very sorry to learn of her passing l may of only met her once but have never forgotten her. Condolences to all her family and friends.

Sally Mullikin

January 23, 2017

The Richmond activists, or "sister warriors" as we call ourselves will leave an empty chair for Bettie beside us at our next meeting. Bettie did so much without fanfare and always from the heart. We all will truly miss her.

Rich Napier

January 22, 2017

Bettie, I can't believe you are gone. You will be missed by all the people you have touched over the years. I'll surely miss your quick wit and the occasional lip you would give me when things didn't go your way. You were one of a kind and I'm glad we were able to work, travel and have "FUN" together. I know one thing, God has put you in charge of Heaven's Travel Agency. Miss you.

January 22, 2017

Dear Linda and family,
My condolences to you all. My family knew your family in old Montrose Heights neighborhood and my sister Carol was Bettie Sue's babysitter. Reading guest book entries about her life has been so interesting. With love, Joan Cunningham Gorsuch
Jamestown, CA

Luke Renner

January 22, 2017

Poring back over my interactions with Bettie over the years, I am struck by her consistency. Her love for Haiti was profound, not only in word, but in deed. Bettie was a doer. A tireless connector. An asker of questions. She sought clarity. She wanted Truth. Truth for the world. Truth for others. Truth for herself. Bettie understood that getting the job done right was a person's highest calling and that falling short of your best was not an option. She never did anything halfway. She must have been a phenomenal realtor, especially as it related to the advocacy of her clients.

I met scores of people in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake. The overwhelming majority meant well and even did some good but most were gone after the dust settled. Bettie cared about Haiti until her last breath and went on to include so many more people and places around the world. She was a person who absolutely added to the goodness of life; that is why her passing is nothing but subtraction to those who are left behind.

There is a hole where Bettie was. A hole that only Bettie could fill.

And so it shall remain.

Rest in peace, Bettie.

Your friend,
Luke Renner (@FiresideInt)

Carol Fitzgerald

January 19, 2017

I met Bettie through my son, Greg. One year when we both were on the Outer Banks, she came by for dinner and we had a wonderful time. Loved following her on Facebook and admired her caring attitude and generous spirit. She truly was there for people. She will be so very missed.

Tina Brooks

January 19, 2017

Dear Bettie, I already miss you on Twitter.

Thank you for making the life a so much nicer place while you were here.

I'll see you when it's my time.