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Betty Lou Loftis (Sheffield) Bailey

Betty Lou Bailey

Betty Lou Loftis was born in Petersburg, Virginia on January 24, 1925 to Isabelle and Charles Monroe, Jr. She was educated in Petersburg public schools, a cheerleader and salutatorian of her high school class and attended Mary Washington College. In 1944 she married John Courtney Sheffield, a United Methodist minister, who served as Navy Chaplin during World War II and the Korean Conflict. They had one son and two daughters. Rev. Sheffield died in 1992.

In 1994 Betty Lou married Dr. Amos Purnell Bailey, also a United Methodist minister living in McLean, Virginia. She and Dr. Bailey published two books: “Daily Bread Devotions” and “The Second Slice.” In every community where she has lived, she has been a frequent volunteer: hospital pink lady, meals on wheels, teaching Sunday school, tutoring disadvantage youth or working with mentally challenged children. She was a docent at Arlington House (Lee-Custis Mansion) in Arlington for twenty years. She and Dr. Bailey moved to Chancellor’s Village retirement community in 1997. Dr. Bailey died in 2006. Betty Lou remains in residence and devotes her time to maintain its excellent library and lovely chapel. She is an active member of Fredericksburg United Methodist Church and was recently recognized for her sixty five years in the Daughters of the American Revolution. She has seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and three surviving step-daughters.

Honored by her son Walter J. Sheffield