Betty Harrison Wessell

March 20, 1927 - August 18, 2012
Betty Harrison Wessell

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Betty H. Wessell, 85, of Topsail Beach, NC, passed away Saturday August 18, 2012, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

She was born in Columbia, SC, on March 20, 1927, the daughter of the late Laurie A. and Wilhelmina Rich Harrison and was preceded in death by her sisters, Laurie Ann Bruton and Nancy Edna Harrison and her husband, Hardy Wessell.

She had retired as a bookkeeper at Corps of Engineering Credit Union, a member of the US Power Squadron, and was a communicate of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. A Life member of the Girl Scouts of America, a volunteer with AARP Tax Consultant for the Elderly, and the Christian Seaman’s Center at the State Ports. She worked on construction for Habitat Homes, was a volunteer with the Girls Club, a Girl Scout Leader from 1958 until 1977 and served on their Board for 9 years.

Surviving are: a daughter, Nancy H. Wessell of Charleston, SC, three sons; Lawrence A. and wife, Judy, of Topsail Beach, Robert S. of Wilmington, and Thomas H. and wife, Susan, of Santa Cruz, CA, two sisters, Sarah Reimer of Ithaca, NY, and Billie MacAdams and husband, Warren, of Cincinnati, OH. She is also survived by seven grandchildren; Tressa Bell and husband, Chris, Christina Langrudi and husband, Chan, Mandy San Angelo and husband, David, Jacob Wessell and wife, Mara, Joseph Wessell, Jennifer Wessell, and Mackenzie Wessell; seven great-grandchildren; Ethan and Emma Bell, Alexis and Anthony San Angelo, Asher, Keely, and Colton Wessell, also several nieces and nephews including Rebecca Ann Bruton of Hampstead.

Memorial Services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M Thursday, August 23, 2012, which is Hardy and Betty’s 65th wedding anniversary, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Wilmington, NC, by the Rev. Mark Opgrand.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 12 N. 6th Street, Wilmington, NC 28401.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, Village Road Chapel, 525 Village Road, Leland, NC 28451. 910.383.3511


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  • August 23, 2012
    Bobby Cox says:
    The Cox family (from Wrightsville Beach) wishes to extend their condolences to the family in this sad time. May God give you strength and bless you!

  • August 23, 2012
    Rita Smith says:
    I am so glad I got to know Mrs. Wessell. She was a joy to spend time with. I will think of her every time I have a cup of tea as we shared tea every day I spent with her. She will be so happy being with Mr.Wessell. She so loved her family and I know you all will miss her. My sympathies are with you

  • August 23, 2012
    Steve Pickard says:
    Lots of nice memories of your mother,father, and our families growing up at St. Pauls and The Seaside Club. Best to you all, Steve

  • August 20, 2012
    Bernie and Diana Bell says:
    We are Tressa Wessell Bell's mother and father-in-law. Tressa and Chris loved Grandma very much. Chris said she was always so wonderful to him. She was also so gracious to us when we visited Grandma's home in Topsail. We will always remember how beautiful she was in her green dress at Chris & Tressa's wedding. What a wonderful mother, wife, grandmother and great-grandmother she was!!Love, Bernie & Diana Bell

  • August 22, 2012
    John & Carole Sutton says:
    A classy lady that always had a smile..Our deepest sympathies to the Wessell family...