Betty Stock, 88, died Feb. 25, 2013 in Williamsburg. She is survived by her husband Edward, also of Williamsburg; her two daughters, Ann Meyer and Susan Stock, and their spouses; her seven grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
Betty was born in Washington, D.C. on April 30, 1924. Her father remained employed during the Depression and her family home became known as a place where itinerant laborers could be assured of a meal. She told stories of arriving for breakfast in the morning to find several unknown men at the table eating eggs or leftover potato soup.
She spent many hours growing up with her grandmother, aunt and cousin. They were a close family.
She graduated from Eastern High School as valedictorian and became a secretary for a law office in Washington. Her dreams of college were fulfilled by her daughters, about whom she bragged to anyone that would listen.
Betty was a resident of Williamsburg for the past 34 years. Previously she lived in West Caldwell, N.J., and (when Ed was an active duty Naval officer) all up and down the east coast.
Betty and Ed were married in the summer of 1944 at the Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis, Md., and renewed their vows on their 67th anniversary in August 2011 (during the earthquake). She was the consummate military wife. Her pantry had more than 100 punch cups ready for entertaining, and she and Ed were terrific bridge partners. She became adept at moving through Ed's transfers – her daughters would return from school to find almost all their household belongings packed and ready for the upcoming transfer.
Betty enjoyed many hobbies, including bridge, ceramics and reading, and she loved planning family vacations. She was passionate about companion animals and helped found an animal rescue league in New Jersey.
In Virginia, she worked tirelessly for Golden Retriever Rescue, Education, and Training (GRREAT), adopting three dogs in the process. She was a member of women's clubs wherever she lived. She was an active participant in many committees within St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Williamsburg and served on its vestry.
A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 at St. Martin's Episcopal Church. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to St. Martin's Episcopal Church or to GRREAT.