Elizabeth Beach

Elizabeth H. Beach

Saturday, February 25th, 1933 - Monday, October 12th, 2020
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Elizabeth Howell Beach was born on February 25, 1933 in Esmont, Virginia, a tiny town near Charlottesville. She was born Alice Polly Ann Pace, the sixth child and only daughter of Weldon and Olive Pace.
As both of her biological parents were ill, she was raised by another Esmont family, Elizabeth and Charles Howell, who later adopted her at the age of nine and raised her as an only child. At nine, her name was changed to Elizabeth Page Howell, and she was lovingly known as Betty Page to her family and friends from then on.
Her early years were spent in Esmont and later in Remington, then Alexandria and Arlington where she developed life-long friendships.
She went to high school with Willard Scott.
After high school, she worked for the treasury department doing administrative work and sang soprano in the church choir at Christ Church, where she met her husband Edward (Ted) Beach, a tenor. They were married there on May 6, 1961 and eventually settled in Arlington, VA where they raised their family. A stay at home mom until her children were teenagers, Betty later worked as a much loved school secretary at Jamestown Elementary in Arlington for many years until her retirement.
She also worked for many years as a volunteer docent at Robert E. Lee’s Boyhood Home in Alexandria, a job which brought her much fulfillment.
Music was central to her life and brought her immense joy. She was a choir member and soloist at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, and later at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, both in Arlington, VA. She was a founding member of Greensleeves, an early music consort which played authentic Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music, both instrumental and vocal.
After her husband died, she moved from her beloved Virginia to New Jersey to be closer to her daughter and her oldest grandchildren. She attended St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Cherry Hill, NJ where she sang in the choir and was active in the Flower Guild and generously donated her time and treasure to the church. She made wonderful friends at St. Bartholomew’s and in the Weston Club community where she resided from 2002 until her passing. At the Weston Club, she ran a social group known as Ladies Chat, worked as an editor of The Weston World (the local newspaper), played bridge and participated in the Weston Club chorus.
Left to miss her dearly are her son Robert Beach (Julia) of Vienna, VA; daughter Carolyn Gage of Marlton, NJ; grandchildren: Stafford and Zoe Beach of Vienna, VA; Alan Gage (Jackie) of West Berlin, NJ; Nicole Gage Stewart (Jared) of Williamstown, NJ and Lauren Flegel (Jon) of Egg Harbor Township and great-grandchildren: Austin and Autumn Gage of West Berlin, NJ. Also very special to her heart were Cousins Mike Gallahue (Marcia Invernizzi) and Tom Gallahue (Sandra G. Boodman) of Virginia, nephews David and Steve Pace of Virginia, and niece Betty Ann Frew of North Carolina. Beamer, Henry, Teddy, Woody and Phoebe, her furry grandchildren, all held a special place in her heart and in her lap.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or The Alzheimer’s Association

A Memorial service will be held on Monday, November 16 at 12:30 PM at Grace Episcopal Church: 7 E. Maple Avenue, Merchantville, NJ 08109. Seating in the church is limited to 50 people but a Zoom link will be available for those who are unable to attend in person.

A second Memorial service is being planned to be held at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Arlington, VA in 2021. Details will be announced at a later date.
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    Monday, November 16th, 2020 | 12:30pm
    Monday, November 16th, 2020 12:30pm
    Grace Episcopal Church
    Main Street
    Merchantville, NJ
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Joanne Bosworth

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Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your lossour thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Olive Keen

Posted at 04:27pm
Betty was a dear friend and a ardent supporter of out reach at St Bart ‘s Church. Her loving and generous nature helped the children at St. Thomas Church in Glassboro New Betty also supported St Barts Thrift Store for years with her many donations.She was loved and will be missed Olive Keen

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