Elizabeth Winslow

July 14, 2018
Elizabeth Winslow

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Elizabeth (Betty) Winslow, age 80.
Elizabeth (Tomkiewicz) Winslow died on 14 July in Williamsburg Va. after a battle with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson diseases. Born and raised in Adams, Mass. Betty was a friend to so many. She was the beloved wife of Donald Winslow, proud mother of Victoria Geer, Christopher, and Scott Winslow and the grandmother of eight beautiful grandchildren – Alexandra, Zachery, Noah, Nora, Eliza, Nicholas, Alene and Rosalind.

Married in 1956, Betty’s life was an exciting one filled with many blessings. She and her husband traveled the world, living overseas in four countries – Morocco, Belgium, Venezuela and England while she and her husband worked for the Central Intelligence Agency. Their travels led them to make 43 moves during their nearly 70 years together. Aside from the four countries where she spent extended time, Betty also had assignments in Kenya, Panama, Mexico, and Colombia.
Domestically, she and her husband and children lived in Adams, Ma., Newport, R.I., Athens, Ga., Green Cove Springs, Fla., Norfolk, Va., Cincinnati and Middletown, Ohio, Nashua, N.H., St Johnsbury, Vt., Bowie, Md., Vienna, Oakton and Fairfax, Va. Finally, after she completed her government service, she and Don lived in Whispering Pines, N.C. for 21 years before moving to a senior community in Williamsburg Va.

She loved games. She was always ready to play dominos or bridge and was the first at any poker table relatives or friends were setting up. After retiring she took up the game of golf and for better than 25 years was the first one on the course, come rain or shine. If the weather was cold, you could count on Betty being one of the few not missing a shot. If it was raining, she dodged the drops and headed to the tee.

Betty enjoyed life to the fullest and was especially happy around family and friends. Whether it was a family picnic or a family celebration, Betty was quickly in the middle of the action.

She was generous with her time and with her support. Unfortunately, her physical condition in recent months made it hard for her to maintain the role of family matriarch though her thoughts and desires indicated she very much wanted to continue.

She will be missed by all as she was a special lady that all will remember. In addition to her immediate family, she leaves a sister Jane, a sister Patricia and a brother Matthew.

A funeral service will be held in Williamsburg Va. and there will be a celebration of her life later in Adams, Ma.


Saturday, July 21, 2018
11:00 AM

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3686 Ironbound Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188

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  • July 17, 2018
    Louise Warnimont says:
    My B.B.B. (Best, Buddy, Betty was the name I will always remember her by. I was the crazy one with her out on that golf course in the rain and even snow. At my age I keep hearing people tell me to "go slower" and it makes me laugh out loud because that was one of our favorite inside jokes from a "Taxi" episode years ago. Kindest and most considerate person I knew until it came time for competition on the course or a game. What good times we had and what wonderful memories I'll always keep of B.B.B. Much love to Don and the family Louise

  • July 17, 2018
    Bill Koch says:
    My Uncle lived near Betty's family in Adams, MA. I remember her as a little brat, ok, I was a few years older and all kids younger than me were brats. I next met her at a one of my high school reunions, she was no longer a brat, but a smart beautiful lady. Life is full of ups and downs, looks she and Don had many ups and Don now has a down. Hang in there Don, I have been through this so if you need to talk to someone, I am always available. My condolences.

  • July 18, 2018
    Pam Boutilier says:
    Don ... When tomorrow starts without her, don't think you are far apart for every time you think of her she will be right inside your heart. My deepest sympathies. She was a bright, happy light in many lives. I know my parents miss her but the many fond memories will live on forever. I hope to see you in Adams so I can give you hugs from Ron & Jan.

  • July 18, 2018
    Elaine (Kleiner) Babula says:
    Dear Don, so sorry to hear you lost Betty. The first year is the hardest, but it will get easier. Your family is a blessing. God bless. Elaine

  • July 18, 2018
    Bruce and Ann Robson says:
    We shall always remember Betty's bubbly personality and her caring kindness.