Nancy Beth "Bitsy" Whitten, 60, of Williamsburg, completed her homecoming and joined her parents, Glynn Raphael and Nancy Wells Whitten, on March 16, 2013.
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She is survived by her husband, Nicholas Luccketti; three brothers, one sister, and their spouses: Steven and Paige Whitten of Maidens; Michael and Charlotte Whitten of Henrico; Glynn Jr. and Patty Whitten of Glen Allen; and Hile Rutledge and Jessie Whitten of Falls Church.
Born in 1953 in Richmond, Bitsy graduated from J.R. Tucker High School and studied art at Virginia Commonwealth University. She worked for many years as a legal secretary for Hugh Antrim of the Thompson McMullan law firm.
Upon marrying her archaeologist husband in 1993 she moved to Williamsburg. There she found great fulfillment of her artistic talent as a designer for Seasons of Williamsburg. There, too, she formed a circle of faithful friends who helped her meet the challenges of life and savored the loyalty and fun that friendship with Bitsy brought.
Her professional work never diminished her enthusiasm for her own bountiful garden and bird sanctuary on Adams Street, which her resident Mediterranean gardener maintained to Bitsy's constant delight. The daffodils there burst forth on the day of her passing to greet her as she looked down on them on a rainy Sunday morning.
Bitsy's public service endeavors won her respect in the community and among friends and family. It was as a sister and aunt, however, that she shone brilliantly. She showered unconditional love on and devoted perfect attention to each of her ten nieces and nephews: Reid Whitten, Sarah Whitten Hayslip, Jamie Whitten Montgomery, Harrison Whitten, Calee Whitten, Rachael Whitten, Emma Whitten, Gabriel Whitten, Whitten Rutledge, and Archer Rutledge.
Each and all reveled in her excitement about their lives and returned her love in kind. Saddened as they are today, they nonetheless feel boundless gratitude for the joy of life she shared with them, from waving bubble wands and sparklers to adventures in the south of France.
Bitsy Whitten has ended her yearlong bout with cancer. Brave to the last, she leaves behind a fiercely devoted husband, in truth four brothers and four sisters, a legion of life-long friends and an entire community that will never forget or replace in their lives her gentle soul, artist's eye, sense of humor or loving manner. The world was more beautiful and more forgiving with her in it.
At Bitsy's request, a memorial celebration of her life will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Jamestown Island on Saturday, April 13. All friends are invited, and asked to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org before April 7.
Published in Virginia Gazette from Mar. 22 to Apr. 21, 2013