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NEWPORT NEWS - Patricia Jean Bethea, of Newport News, passed on to meet her Saviour on Nov. 15, 2013 surrounded by her family. She was one of six children, born in Newport News, Va. on February 28, 1940, to the late John Bailey Sr. and Alphia Bailey. After graduation, Patricia joined the Air Force where she earned several medals and accommodations, and met her future husband Alvin. This led to an illustrious journey filled with many adventures that took her from Europe to all across the United States. She retired from the military before the birth of her first child. Patricia also attended college while raising her firstborn. She and Alvin were blessed with 2 more children. They both agreed that she would take on the role of homemaker. This intelligent, caring woman always put others ahead of herself. Any accomplishments, rewards, or successes received by the family, were due to her critical involvement. She was the glue that held the family together. She was creative, innovative, and supportive of so many. Patricia also was a member of First Baptist Church East End where she served as a member of the Golden Key and Missionary Ministries. Her faith in GOD allowed her to overcome challenges and illnesses. She is preceded in death by her husband of 48 years Alvin Bethea; Iris Banks(sister); Delores Harris (sister); Ronald Bailey(brother); and survived by son André (Wendy) Bethea; daughter Sonja Bethea; son Patrick (Katie) Bethea; brothers John (Bea) Bailey and Warren (Josephine) Bailey; godson, Pete Moore; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. A funeral service will be held at Noon, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at First Baptist Church East End. Interment will follow in Hampton Memorial Gardens. Viewing will be from 5 pm to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov 21, 2013, at Cooke Bros. Funeral Chapel.
Published in Daily Press from Nov. 19 to Nov. 22, 2013
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