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Elizabeth Anne Barksdale / July 06, 2017

Elizabeth Anne “Bettie” Barksdale, age 92, died Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at Sunnyside Retirement Community. She was reared in Halifax, the daughter of the late Randolph and Elizabeth Pittman Barksdale. She was predeceased by her sister, Emily Barksdale Bugg.

In 1946 Bettie graduated from Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia. She taught at Halifax High School for several years before beginning employment with the Halifax County Department of Social Services. She continued graduate studies at Tulane University School of Social Work. For 44 years she was employed as a registered social worker in Virginia, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Upon retirement she was presented with the Meritorious Service award by the Virginia State Department of Social Services.

Bettie is survived by her cousins, Mary “Cookie” Milton and Lucy Conner; also several special friends.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, July 19 at 2 p.m. in the Meredith Chapel at Sunnyside Retirement Community. Inurnment will be held at the family plot in the Town of Halifax Cemetery, Tuesday, July 18 at 4 p.m..

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Sunnyside Retirement Community, 600 L University Boulevard, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 to be used for their Health Care Unit.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg is handling arrangements.

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