Laura Burgess

Laura Elizabeth Burgess (Richards)

Tuesday, June 24th, 1930 - Thursday, April 16th, 2020
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Laura Elizabeth “Betsy” Burgess passed away peacefully Thursday the 16th of April, 2020 in her Winchester home. She was born the 24th of June,1930 to Morris Russell Richards and Elizabeth (Richards) Kramer (nee DeVaughn). Betsy attended school in Prince George County and was a 1948 graduate of Upper Marlboro High School.

Not long after high school, Betsy would meet and eventually marry the love of her life, George W. Burgess in 1950. Together they called Loudoun County their home and even after the death of her husband in 1983 Betsy continued to live in the home they built on Canby Road in the Leesburg area. It was also in 1983 that Betsy began 20 plus years of employment with Walmart as a People Greeter starting at the Leesburg store and eventually working at the Route 50 store in Winchester until her retirement in 2016.

Betsy is survived by her sister, Gerri Webb and her husband, Bert of Vienna, VA, her adored grandchildren: Wyatt, Justin and Claire, many nieces and nephews, and her son, Colin and his wife, Sharon. Betsy will live on in the hearts of family, schoolmates, co-workers and cherished friends. Her family would like to publicly thank the wonderful caregivers, specifically Cheryl and Margaret who helped Betsy remain independent. Arrangements are being made by Jones Funeral Home of Winchester and at her request there will be no services. To honor her and celebrate her life, please make donations to the Children’s Miracle Network or take time to enjoy a meal together with family. As Mom (Betsy) would be the first to say, “eat slowly, enjoy each other’s company and don’t be afraid to have dessert first!”

Services for Betsy will be private.
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    Hillsboro Cemetery
    37121Charles Town Pike
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    Interment will be private.
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John Trumbo

Posted at 02:08pm
Dear Colin, I just learned today of your sweet Mom's passing. I'm so very sorry, this makes me sad. She was always such a kind, funny, present, caring lady who seemed to treasure each moment and each person she met. I was always well fed at Betsy's Diner, in spirit as well as nourishment. Sending you and your entire family much peace and pleasant memories. John Trumbo

Colin Burgess Posted at 09:12am

John, thank you for your post. We were all well looked after growing up on Canby Road.

Catherine Burns

Posted at 01:33pm
My heart hurts....I met Betsy while working at Walmart in Leesburg. She was truly a role model for me and many of us in the store. She had a smile everyday, and her energy and positive attitude were inspiring. We all have special memories and laughs we shared with her. That amazing, compassionate woman will always be in my heart . I am so sorry for your loss❤️

Cathy Burns


Colin Burgess Posted at 09:13am

Cathy, Thank you for taking time to remember Mom.

Rhonda grubbs

Posted at 08:01pm
We have known “Betsy” for over thirty years. She was a 2nd grandmother to my daughter. If you didn’t have the pleasure of meeting her you definitely lost out. Everyone that knew her, was a better person because they knew her. She loved her family and loved greeting everyone at Walmart. There wasn’t anyone that Betsy didn’t treat as her own or who didn’t love her. Her smile lit up for everyone that she met. I am so thankful that she got to meet my grand children. They loved seeing Betsy at Walmart every time they went. God bless you Betsy, you will be greatly missed. We love you.
Rhonda and Beth.

Colin Burgess Posted at 08:43am

Thank you for the wonderful memories of Mom.

Jennifer Maclaine Walsh

Posted at 11:56am
Colin - I’m so very sorry for the loss of your Mom. I have many wonderful and sweet memories of her growing up at church and it was always a treat to see her at Walmart for many years. My Mom sends you her love as well ❤️ ~ Jennifer Maclaine Walsh

Colin Burgess Posted at 01:18pm

Jennifer, thank you and please thank your Mom as well. Hoping everyone is well.

Kristina Kreeger

Posted at 08:55pm
Betsy, you were one of a kind! You always made people smile. Always had kind words.
You will be greatly missed. May God bless and rest your soul. 😇
Kristina Kreeger (WM #1904)
Steve and Angel Workman.

Colin Burgess Posted at 12:59pm

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