Elizabeth Louise West, affectionately known as Betty, of Bedford, formerly of Long Island, N.Y. passed away Sunday December 27, 2015. Born on June 24, 1929, she was the daughter of Earl and Margaret Anketell. Betty was a kind, loving, loyal wife and mother who was always ready to give of herself to help and encourage others. She married Ed and they raised five daughters. Betty dedicated her life to God and was baptized as one of Jehovahâ€™s Witnesses in 1952. She treasured her faith and shared her love of Jehovah and Jesus with her children and her dear husband Frank who she married in 1986. They spent 30 happy years together traveling, having new adventures, and visiting old friends. She was always ready to give a hug and treat you as family even if she just met you. Betty had a fun-loving, youthful spirit and always had a twinkle in her eye. Betty is survived by her husband Frank; brother, Bruce (Loretta) Anketell; daughters, Margo Hand, Michelle Pershinsky, Jacalyn (Russell) Mahler, Amanda Erhart, Jessica (Charles) Lein, and their father Edward Peter, Jr; grandchildren, Scott (Gerry), Vanessa (Burton), Chantal, Jason, Jahna, Lauren, Sunshine (Nick), Eric (Desiree), Richard, Spencer, and Jillian; great-grandchildren, Asa, Indigo, and Daisy Elizabeth; step-children, Deborah (Dennis) Copenhaver, Michael (Glenda) West, Kenneth (Cynthia) West, and their families. Preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Walter Anketell and William Anketell; her sister, Margery Hanson; grandson Ryan Lein; and son-in-law Bob Hand. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends, and the extended community of Jehovahâ€™s Witnesses. Services will be held at 2:00, Saturday, January 2, 2016 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovahâ€™s Witnesses 1534 Link Road, Bedford, VA 24523. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to Watchtower at above address. Many thanks to the wonderful people at Bedford County Nursing Home and Adrienne and Shana at English Meadows. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
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Published in Bedford Bulletin from Jan. 6 to Jan. 7, 2016