Elizabeth N. MacKenzie|
Portsmouth - Elizabeth Nash MacKenzie died four days shy of her 100th birthday on April 26th, 2014 at her home in Swimming Point.
The daughter of Charles Monroe Nash and Helen Niemeyer Nash, Betsy was born on April 30, 1914 in Springfield, Ohio. At two years old, she was judged the most beautiful baby in Springfield.
After moving back to Portsmouth with her family, Betsy attended Portsmouth Public Schools, graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School. She made her debut with many of her lifelong friends at the Portsmouth Assembly in 1935.
Betsy married Henry Clay Hudgins, a VMI graduate in 1938. Their daughter, Betty, was born in 1940 and they travelled across the United States with the Army until he was sent overseas to World War II. Just five days before the war ended in May 1945, he was killed. His son, Henry, was born in June of that year.
In 1949, Betsy married John Ashton MacKenzie. They travelled all over the world in their happy 60 years together, but especially loved coming home to Portsmouth and to their cottage in Nags Head, North Carolina.
A lifetime member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Betsy was a member and past president of the ECW, chairwoman of the Altar Guild, and always contributed her lovely handmade aprons, baby and doll clothes to the annual Trinity Bazaar.
She was ever available when called upon to help, whether with family, friends, neighbors or charities. The consummate hostess, she also loved entertaining on holidays, birthdays, and celebrations of all kinds. Her wonderful sense of humor and innate kindness charmed everyone she met.
Betsy was preceded in death by her brother, Charles Francis Nash, who was also killed during World War II; and her husbands, Henry Clay Hudgins and John Ashton MacKenzie.
Left to miss her more than words can say, are her daughter, Elizabeth Nash Hudgins (Mike Pitt); her son, Henry Clay Hudgins (Candy); Maria Hudgins; her sister, Eugenia Nash Devens (Harry); her brother, Rody Nash; and her sister-in-law, Theodosia MacKenzie Adair. Also remembering her so fondly, are her grandchildren, Bonner Hamaker (Okae), who have been Betsy's caregivers for many years; her granddaughters, Helen Monroe Younce (Rob), Elizabeth Hudgins Newton (Nate); and her great-granddaughters, Elizabeth MacKenzie Somers, Mary Cameron Somers, Sara Ashton Hamaker, Dorothy Nell Newton; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, great-grandnieces and nephews; and her large extended family, including her step granddaughter, Jillian Vandegrift (Tyler); and step great-granddaughters, Tryne and Maisie. Her family would like to thank the home care personnel who have assisted her over these last few years.
A memorial service will be held at Trinity Church, 500 Court Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704, at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 6, officiated by The Reverend Julia Dorsey Loomis and The Reverend Kathleen M. Bobbitt. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Trinity Church Book of Remembrance or to the
. Foster Funeral Home, Portsmouth, is assisting the family.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on May 2, 2014