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Betty Patteson McNally

February 2, 1940 - October 21, 2021

Betty Patteson McNally, 81, of Forest, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 21, 2021.

Born on February 2, 1940, in Lynchburg, Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ashby Smith Patteson.  Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Edward Brockenbrough McNally.

Betty grew up in Lynchburg and graduated from E.C. Glass High School and Longwood College, where she received a degree in elementary education.  Betty taught in Henrico County before returning to Lynchburg, where she taught at Garland Rhodes Elementary School.  In 1964, she married Edward Brockenbrough McNally.  She was a volunteer throughout her life for many organizations, including Poplar Forest and James River Day School.  Betty was a lifelong member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, where she served as a board member, Sunday School teacher, helped with the alter guild committee, and was instrumental in starting the St. John’s Day School.   She enjoyed raising and spending time with her three children and adored her seven grandchildren.  Betty had a love for gardening and Labrador Retrievers.  She always looked forward to playing duplicate bridge, especially with her many wonderful friends.

Betty is survived by her three children: Edward Brockenbrough McNally, Jr. (Sheryl) of Roanoke, VA., Margaret McNally Keller (Herschel) of Lynchburg, VA, and Ashby Patteson McNally of Wilmington, NC.  She also leaves behind seven grandchildren:  Edward Brockenbrough McNally, III, Anne Mims McNally, John West McNally, Carter Braxton Keller, Morgan McNally Keller, Macon Elizabeth McNally, and Marguerite Patteson McNally.

The family would like to extend their appreciation to the staff at Westminster Canterbury and Hospice for their loving and compassionate care for both Betty and her family.

A graveside service will be held at Spring Hill Cemetery on Monday, October 25, 2021, at 11:00 AM.  The family will receive friends at a reception at the home of Margaret and Herschel Keller immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial contribution to Westminster Canterbury, Lynchburg or St. John’s Episcopal Church.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.

A graveside service will be held at Spring Hill Cemetery on Monday, October 25, 2021, at 11:00 AM.  The family will receive friends at a reception at the home of Margaret and Herschel Keller immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial contribution to Westminster Canterbury, Lynchburg or St. John’s Episcopal Church.

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My heartfelt condolences to the family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Stephen Christopher "Chris" Kelly, M.B.A., M.A., A.B. Virginia Episcopal School, Class of 1987. Davidson College, Class of 1991. Webster University, Classes of 1994 & 1995.

Posted by Stephen Christopher Kelly on October 23, 2021

My condolences to the family in their loss.

Posted by Mike Garrison on October 23, 2021

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