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Friday, October 24, 2014

Tillman, Betty

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  • Betty Tillman

Betty Hall Tillman Betty Hall Tillman peacefully went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, October 2, 2013. She is survived by her children, George Tillman (son-in-law, Lloyd Bryant, whom she loved as a son), Angela Tillman and Gary Tillman; her grandchildren, Deni Sheppard Smith (Curt), Dara Lashley (Mario), Jeri Tillman, Brent Tillman, Nikolai Tillman and Luca Tillman; and her great-grandchildren, Landon Sheppard, Matthew Sheppard and Devyn Lashley. She worked for economist James Buchanan for many years. He hired her in July 1961 at the Thomas Jefferson Center for Political Economy at the University of Virginia, UVA, in Charlottesville, Va. They later moved the center to Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va., and he took her with him. In 1983, they then moved the center to George Mason University, Fairfax, Va. She did not retire until 2007, at the age of 80. She loved the people she had met from all over the world over the years she was there, and never felt like it was a job. She loved it and they loved her, too. In an interview it was said about her, "Betty Tillman is the glue, or cement, that makes the center work. She's jokingly known as the "First Lady of Public Choice." "The center has a family atmosphere thanks to Betty Tillman, better known as 'Momma Betty'." "Betty is an inspiration to everyone she comes in contact with". Family will receive friends at the West Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, 11020 West Broad St., Glen Allen, VA 23060, on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, from 6 until 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 9, 2013, at Discovery United Methodist Church, 13000 Gayton Rd., Richmond, VA 23233, with another visitation being held there an hour prior to the service. Immediately following the service, there will be a reception in the church social hall. A graveside service will follow 3 p.m. at Monticello Memory Gardens, 670 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy., Charlottesville, Va. Due to the distance between the church and the cemetery, there will be no procession, however anyone who would like to join the family at the graveside is more than welcome. A very special thanks to all the staff and caregivers of Southerland Place of Midlothian for the care, compassion and love they showed her and her family. We couldn't have asked for a better place. Also, thanks to the caring staff at Hospice Community. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to the Alzheimer's Association, 4600 Cox Rd. #130, Glen Allen, VA 23060. bennettfuneralhomes.com.

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  • Becky posted at 2:13 pm on Sun, Oct 6, 2013.

    Becky Posts: 4

    So sorry for the loss of Betty. Wish we had kept in touch.


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