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Obituaries, week of Oct. 23: Hillman, Beaulieu, Sponsler, Dhillon, Howdershell, Johnson, Gough,

Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Betty Ann Hillman


Betty Ann Hillman, 81, of Heathsville, formerly of Ellicott City, MD, passed away on Thursday, October 17, 2013 after a lengthy illness.  She was born to Anna M. Rew and George R. Rew on May 3, 1932 in Baltimore, Maryland.  She attended Reedville Virginia High School and the College of William and Mary.

She married F. L. Hillman “Roy” on December 5, 1952 and spent most of her married life living in Maryland.  She was the postmaster of the Simpsonville, MD Post Office.  Each Christmas, she had a box for children to send their Christmas lists and would handwrite each child a response from Santa.  While in Maryland she was active in her community as a Cub Scout Leader, Vacation Bible School teacher and volunteer with Historic Ellicott City, Inc.

She retired to Heathsville in the Northern Neck of Virginia in 1996 and was very active at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church serving on the Alter Guild and working at the Church Thrift Store.

Betty was accomplished in oil painting and cross stitch and is remembered for her gardening skills, her love of animals and books, and especially her devotion to her family.  She is also remembered for her inner and outer beauty, her compassion, and her quiet kindness.

Betty is survived by her beloved husband of 61 years, F. L. Hillman of Heathsville; her mother, Anna Rew, of Kilmarnock; her loving children, Julie A. Hillman of Fredericksburg, Valerie Hyer (Mike) of Woodbine, MD and Christopher (Resa) Hillman of Richmond, VA.  She is also survived by her adoring grandchildren, Elizabeth Narron of New Windsor, MD, Kathryn Narron of Woodbine, MD, Chasen Hillman of Richmond, Melissa Coffey of Cary, NC, Jeffrey Hyer of Woodbine, MD; and Nathan Hyer of Ft Benning, GA as well as great-granddaughter, Cynthia Coffey of Cary, NC.

In addition to her father, Betty is predeceased by her dear brother, James A. Rew and nephew, Daniel Rew.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Rappahannock General Hospital, Commonwealth Assisted Living, and Hospice of Virginia for their compassionate and gentle care given during Betty’s illness.

A celebration of Betty’s life will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 6807 Northumberland Hwy, Heathsville, VA 22473.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Virginia, PO Box 2098, 1328 Tappahannock Blvd, Tappahannock, VA 22560.

Online remembrances may be made at


Gladys Ann Beaulieu


Gladys Ann Beaulieu, 91, passed away on Wednesday morning, October 2, 2013 at the Wilson Health Care Center of the Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg, Maryland. She was the beloved mother of Andrew J. Beaulieu and Allan D. Beaulieu; mother-in-law of Julie Ann Beaulieu and Mary Lee Beaulieu; grandmother of Kathryn L. Beaulieu and Elyse M. Ovchinnikov and great-grandmother of Anastasia Ovchinnikov. A graveside service will be held on Friday, October 25, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Corinth United Methodist Church Cemetery, Heathsville, Virginia.

Memorial donations may be made in her memory to Henderson United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 22, Callao, Va, 22435.

Online remembrances may be made at


Christine Duling Sponsler


Christine Duling Sponsler, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed on to be with her Lord on October 17, 2013 in Concord, NC. Born on March 17, 1918 in Beverlyville, VA, Christine was the daughter of James Christopher Duling and Anna Duling Burke. She was married to C. Orville Sponsler, deceased. She is survived by three children, six grand-children and eleven great-grandchildren.  On-line condolences may be left at


Chloe Robertson Dhillon


Chloe Robertson Dhillon of Annapolis, passed away peacefully after a brief illness on October 16th joining her husband, Singh, who passed in 2005.

Chloe was born in Midland on George’s Creek in Western Maryland.  After graduating valedictorian from Beall High School in Frostburg, she moved to Annapolis and met her true love and future husband, Singh, while working at the Health Department.  They had a great romance and were married in 1956, settling in Lindamoor on the Severn where they raised four children.  They always preferred to be together and were rarely seen apart through their 49 years of marriage.

Chloe was a very successful Realtor in Annapolis, starting her career with Chris Coile Realty and working for many years at Annapolis Properties.  She was a member of the Distinguished Sales Club every year.  Her talent of understanding buyers’ needs combined with a savvy knowledge of the booming Annapolis market led to her outstanding reputation and success.

Chloe and Singh loved to travel, especially with their large family in tow.  Most memorable was a month long trip to India as well as a weekend trip to New York to see a Broadway show, with all of their children, spouses and grandchildren.  She spent several months living in Cairo while her husband was working for the USAID there and enjoyed it thoroughly.  She was known to spend weeks at a time at their beachfront condominium in Ocean City, and was considering another trip to India in the near future.  Most recently she travelled to Florida a few weeks ago for a close friend’s wedding.

Chloe was known for her perpetual smile and smart wit.  She loved a good joke and usually had one ready to tell.

She was a wonderful role model to her children, grand children, relatives and friends, and a mentor to many.  No slacking was ever allowed in the Dhillon household, whether it be in academics, sports, careers or just life in general.  She knew how to provide guidance, nurturing and love to her family, and was always ready to celebrate a major accomplishment.  Chloe and Singh liked to make every occasion a celebration, always including their large extended family and their numerous friends at their table.

Chloe was active in many community organizations including The Eastport Yacht Club, The Salvation Army, The Civitan Club, and many boards within the Baywoods Community. She always showed great appreciation of the arts throughout her life, and remained a dedicated servant to the community.

Chloe and Singh were the proud parents of SuSheila Dhillon of Annapolis; Kimball Dhillon of Annapolis;  Krishan Dhillon of Ellicott City; and Ramnik Dhillon of Warsaw, VA.  They were also proud grandparents of Dan, Mike, Lauren, and Brad Dhillon of Annapolis; Christopher Dhillon of Ellicott City; and Madeline, Courtney, and Savannah Dhillon of Warsaw.  She is survived by her brother, Ed and sisters, Cassie, Maggie and Terrie.  She was predeceased by her brothers, Rob and Ralph and sister, Jeannie.

Viewing was held Sunday, Oct. 20, at Taylor Funeral Home, 147 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, MD.  Funeral services were held Monday October 21, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1101 Bay Ridge Avenue, Annapolis, MD.

Donations may be made in her name to St. Luke’s Church, 1101 Bay Ridge Ave., Annapolis, Md. 21403


Elizabeth Alexander Howdershell


Elizabeth Alexander Howdershell passed away on Thursday, October 17, 2013.  She was born February 20, 1918 in Fairport, Virginia to William Addie and Vangelean Barnes Alexander.  She graduated from Reedville High School in 1936 and Mary Washington College in 1939.  Elizabeth was a school teacher and began her career in Lancaster County.  Later she taught in Northumberland County where she was a principal and then taught until her retirement in 1979.  Elizabeth touched many lives through her 40-odd years of teaching and all who met her knew her to be a woman of formidable strength, endless grace and abiding faith.  Elizabeth was predeceased by her husband, Cecil F. Howdershell, Jr.  She is survived by three children, Cecil F. Howdershell, III (Anita) of Clifton, Betsy Trexler-Pastoor (Henk) and Vera H. Primm (John) both of Richmond; five grandchildren, Christopher Howdershell, Elizabeth Primm Lancaster (Garland) and Mary Abigail Primm, all of Richmond, John Wesley Primm, III (Tara) of Silverdale, Washington, Christina Congdon of Fairfax and Shawn Pastoor (Judi) of Bumpass; three great-grandchildren, Evan Daniel Vitagliano, Layla Nicole Primm and Wesley Alexander Primm, all of Silverdale, Washington and by her special daughter-in-law, Barbara W. Howdershell of Reedville.

A visitation was held at Fairport Baptist Church, Reedville on Saturday, October 19. Funeral services were held at Fairport Baptist Church on Sunday, October 20, 2013 with interment immediately following at Roseland Cemetery, Reedville. The family has asked that remembrances be directed to Fairport Baptist Church, 2399 Fairport Road, Reedville, Virginia.  Her death has left a hole in our hearts, but we rejoice in her life on earth and we lean on the promise of salvation and eternal life with her Saviour.

Online remembrances may be made at


Lucy Marjorie Brown Johnson


Lucy Marjorie Brown Johnson, 87, of Hague, the most wonderful mother and wife, passed away on October 17, 2013.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Roy William Patrick Johnson.

She was a member of White Stone Church of the Nazarene, and enjoyed running the family business, RWP Johnson Associates, Inc., and RWP Johnson Products LTD.

In her younger years, she served as Corporal in the British Army in England.

She is survived by her daughters, Denise Marjorie Johnson Mingo, and her husband, Clay, of Hague and Vivian Grace Hardiman Johnson Renton of Heathsville; two sons, David Roy Johnson and his wife, Joan, of Lancaster and Ian Michael William Johnson and his wife, Sheryl, of Wicomico Church; 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Sunday, October 20, 2013, at Faulkner Family Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., Burgess, Virginia.

Burial will be private.

Online remembrances may be made at


Lady Corrie Davenport Gough


Lady Corrie Davenport Gough, 88, of Heathsville, daughter of the late Cleveland H. Doggett and Corrie Taft Doggett died on October 20, 2013. She was a longtime member of Hopewell United Methodist Church and past president of the United Methodist Women.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, James E. Davenport and Evans Stanley Gough; her brothers, William Doggett, Elmer C. Doggett and Arthur Doggett and her sister, Elizabeth Vineski.  Surviving are her son, James Doggett Davenport and his wife, Gayle; her daughter, Katherine Davenport Goddard; her devoted caregiver, Joyce H. Northern and her nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held 11 a. m. Wednesday, October 23 at Hopewell United Methodist Church, 8236 Ridge Road, Lancaster. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church. Rev. Fred G. Marvel will be officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hopewell United Methodist Church, 1081 Lara Ridge Road, Heathsville, VA 22473 or Mid-County Rescue Squad, P. O. Box 355, Heathsville, VA 22473.