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Betty Page Bristow

Betty Page Bristow

Tuesday, February 9th, 2021
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Important Notice: Due to icy conditions, The visitation has been postponed until 11:00am- 1:00pm on Sunday, with the private funeral service to be held at 1:00pm.


Betty Page Bristow, of Urbanna, VA, died suddenly on February 9, 2021. Betsy, as she was known by many, is survived by her daughter, Cynthia Page Bristow; her son, Charles Reginald Bristow and wife, Judy Lin Bristow; three grandsons, Kobe Franklin Bristow (16), Jett Lin Bristow (14) and Jock Lee Bristow (8). She is the daughter of the late Maude B. and Allen A. Waddill. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Charles M. Bristow Jr.

Betsy was well known for her flamboyant style and personality as well as her healthy flair for life. Her colorful and breezy style was pleasantly contrasted by her strong work ethic, grit and discipline to get things done. She participated in all aspects of her community and, like her husband Charles, believed that all-hands community participation was essential to life and the continued support of a thriving small-town. Betsy regularly dressed as if ready for a spontaneous gala or evening out, and those who knew her would not be surprised if she showed up with a splatter of paint on her clothes or jewelry from her tasks hours earlier. Her greatest love and passion were simply enjoying her friends and the people around her. Her daily joy was the operation of a retail women’s clothing and gift store that had followers from as far as Michigan to Florida. Cyndy’s Bynn, as it was named after her daughter, was a beautifully unique wonderland of colorful clothes, traditional gifts and robustly stylish décor that she helmed for 35 years. The store’s tag line accurately captured Betsy’s spirit: ‘Live-Love-Work-Play: In Style.’

Betsy generated memories faster than anyone, including herself, could catalogue them. She was off to an event. She would head off to visit her grandchildren, whom she loved dearly of course, and excuse herself the next morning with a list of things to do and places to go, often times a party that night. She was a study in contrasts and diversity. She came as close to a celebrity lifestyle in a small town as one could attain. Many nights she spent out to dinner and events with friends up until her death. She maintained a fresh balance of glamor blended with the heart of a little girl that appreciated life’s simple pleasures. She had the unique ability to walk through a room and spin it beautifully or render it a chaotic mess. She had a strong, vibrant presence and was quick to share a smile wherever she went. Often, she would give a big smile and a wave to someone and when asked who that was, she’d reply ‘I don’t know.’ Her tempo remained brisk. She personified the spirit of a well-rounded farm girl eager to dine and dance anytime or simply happy to dress up dolls and roll paint to brighten her world. She constantly focused on her friends and community, contributing however and wherever she could. She kept life in motion. Betsy was not the type to feel sorry for herself and was quick to address someone who was. Without hesitation, she’d let one know to shake things off and keep moving. She never missed snickering at a dirty joke. She came to this party of life to dance, literally and figuratively, and she did just that. Whether playing cards regularly with her girlfriends or poised with a glass of mint garnished iced-tea from her flower beds in the summer heat, freshly picked flowers stuffed in a can on the table, 40’s music swirling softly from an old radio through the open door, and lounging barefoot on her back porch with her feet propped up, Betsy was a true southern belle. On a sunny spring day, a rainbow would pale in comparison to her. She adored her husband, Charles, and complimented him as perfectly in personality as she did in style. She was anything but ordinary. She was truly extraordinary.

The family will receive friends at Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel in Saluda from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Sunday, February 14, 2021. Please be advised that current state-mandated guidelines will apply to all in attendance, including social distancing and appropriate face coverings. There will be a private service on Sunday, February 14, at 1 o’clock however the family is arranging to have the service live-streamed for anyone wishing to attend remotely.


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In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes contributions to the following organizations in remembrance of Betty Page Bristow:

Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department
P.O. Box 71
Urbanna, VA 23175

Middlesex County Volunteer Rescue Squad
P.O. Box 98
Deltaville, VA 23043

Middlesex Sports Complex
P.O. Box 55
Hartfield, VA 23071

Urbanna Oyster Festival Foundation
Drawer C
Urbanna, VA 23175
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, February 14th, 2021 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    When
    Sunday, February 14th, 2021 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Location
    Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel
    Address
    15 CF Edwards Ln
    SALUDA, VA 23149
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    Notes
    Important Notice: Due to icy conditions, The visitation has been postponed until 11:00am- 1:00pm on Sunday, with the private funeral service to be held at 1:00pm.

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Bev Hart

Posted at 02:29pm
Good bye dear friend ❤️
CL

Carroll Ann Lewter

Posted at 07:24pm
To the family of Betty Page Bristow,
Sending you my sincerest condolences for the loss of you mom and grandmother. What a very special lady she was and truly part of my fondest childhood memories! I can see Charles and Betty Page reunited and dancing the day away in heaven. May your memories and God's love sustain you through the days ahead.
With love and peace,
Carroll Ann (Clements) Lewter
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Marla Cole

Posted at 11:53pm
To the family, her son whom I've yet to meet, and daughter who i also hear so much about. I'm sorry for your loss. Oh where do i start? Betsy was amazing! Our family became close to her quickly when we moved here a year and a half ago..my husband and I decorated her business and i cleaned for her. I can say everything the obituary stated about her was correct! Such a lovely, always dressed to impress lady! She inspired me, took lunch with me, gave to me, and gave my family comfort in many ways. She shared intimate memories with me of her and Charles to where one couldn't help but bend an ear, or write a book about their love! Her home was as lovely as she was, from her vintage Christmas bulbs to her pink flamingo furniture in the Florida room! I cleaned up many of tissues aside her chair where she must have reminisced the night before of her love Charles, since his photo lay beside those tissues and she always had a new picture out of him as i came to clean. It was clear she missed him! And now we will all miss her dearly! She confide in me that she believed in miracles and I'm just so sad that she didn't receive one to stay here, but i know that in her mind she would have chosen the miracle of being with her true love once again. It puts a smile on my face to think of them together. But dear Betsy I will miss you so very much! As i wipe the tears from my eyes i realize just how much you were a part of my life, you were my friend! You gave me so many memories! RIP dear lady. God bless you Charles and Cyndy! I'll be praying for your hearts.
BN

Bill and Susan Van Name

Posted at 03:42pm
Betty Page is just a real part of all of Urbanna. She is such a fashion plate, always dressed to the nines. She did such a lovely job with Cindy's Bin. She and Charles were great friends with Doc Van Name and Grace. Bill and I always enjoyed seeing her when we visited Urbanna. So hard to believe she is gone. Our deepest sympathy to the family. May God give you peace of mind. WE know she will be greatly missed. Great Blessings on your journey in heaven Betty Page.
RS

Robert Shindler

Posted at 03:27pm
It was such a shock to receive the news of Betsy’s passing. We have all lost a belle of the ball.

The memories of wonderful times with my wife Pat and later Minnie and the Bristow’s will never be forgotten..

Please accept our sincere sympathy at this time. We are so sorry to be unable to attend the service, but here is a Shout Out to all Virginia friends acquired through the Bristow’s.

With love,
Bob & Minnie Shindler
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