Betty Jean Bradford Snell
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Virginia Beach - Betty Jean Bradford Snell, 83, gracefully passed away April 26, 2013. She was born January 9, 1930 in Chincoteague, VA to the late Charles Wesley Bradford, Sr. and Oneida Bowden Bradford. Betty Jean met and in 1957 married her "Officer and a Gentleman", naval aviator Bob Snell while he was stationed at Chincoteague. Betty Jean supported and complemented his naval career and his second career with NASA. They shared a wonderful life together until his passing on December 3, 2012. She greatly missed him these last months they were apart. Through her generous and compassionate nature, she incorporated many individuals into her family circle. Teaching Sunday School in Norfolk, mentoring under privileged children at White March Elementary School in Maryland, utilizing her nursing education by volunteering with the American Red Cross in California, organizing activities for the Portuguese orphans, coordinating Navy Balls and luncheons for foreign dignitaries in the Azores and planning her children's special events and family weddings. She loved her family and would travel with Bob in their RV to spend time with the grandchildren and Bob's family on the west coast. She enjoyed crafts, reading and was an excellent cook winning a blue ribbon for her bread and butter pickles at the state fair in Minnesota.
Betty Jean is survived by her children, Kenneth J. Hardison (Rita), Chincoteague, VA, Robin Snell Ireland (Lenwood), Virginia Beach, VA. and Pat Vail, mother to grandchildren, Stacy Chaback, Tammy Watford (James), Melinda Barber (Kevin); great-grandchildren, Tyler, Laci, Blake and Riley, all of Florida; brother, Charles Wesley Bradford, Jr. (Peggy), New Church, VA; sister, Annette Rudd (Donald), Salisbury, MD; her nieces and nephews and other additional family and friends.
A memorial service will be held at Salyer's Funeral Home, 6327 Church St. Chincoteague, VA on Saturday, May 4 at 2 p.m. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery. The family wishes to thank Beth Sholom Terrace and staff, her medical team at Portsmouth Naval Hospital and Sentara Leigh Hospital for the excellent care she received through the years and in her final days. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to her angels, Regina, Lavonda and Pat who with family, stayed with her night and day during her final hours. Memorial contributions can be made to the Chincoteague Voluntary Fire and Rescue Department or Union Baptist Church, Chincoteague, VA. Please visit her Book of Memories at www.grahamfuneralhome.com where you may leave a note to the family.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on May 1, 2013