Betty Mae Dell

January 14, 1930 - February 25, 2024
Betty Mae Dell

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Betty Mae Anderson Dell, 94, of the Davis Community in Wilmington, NC passed away peacefully on February 25, 2024, surrounded by her children. A devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, she will be deeply missed by the family she stood by for more than 70 years.

Betty came into the world on January 14, 1930 in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, the second of seven children born to Robert and Anna Anderson. Betty grew up in financially-distressed coal country, in the aftermath of the Great Depression. Times were hard and economic hardship was everywhere. Betty learned early on the value of hard work and conservative money management.

She attended Saxton Liberty High School in Saxton, PA. During those years, she worked as a waitress to support herself and participated in many extracurricular activities. She met William (Bill) Dell, her future husband, after he returned from active duty in World War II. They were married on September 20, 1947 after Betty graduated from high school. For the next five decades, Betty and Bill would raise their family, settling down in Alexandria, Virginia – Bill as a mechanic for United Airlines and Betty as an Elementary School Teacher’s Assistant for Fairfax County. Betty loved children and they loved her. Although Betty and Bill never had the opportunity to attend college, they valued higher education. All three of their children graduated debt-free from major, national universities.

Betty was multi-talented and skilled at every aspect of operating and maintaining a household. Her baking and seamstress skills were second to none. Friends and family still tell stories about Betty’s delicious, made-from-scratch, breads and pastries. In retirement, she took great pride in making dresses and clothing for children in economically devastated Caribbean communities, like Haiti.

After retirement in 1990, Betty and Bill located to Myrtle Beach, SC where they renovated and rebuilt a home a few blocks off the ocean. Sadly, Betty would lose her husband and partner of 48 years in 1995. But Betty was fiercely independent and in excellent physical condition owing to a lifestyle of smart nutrition and consistent exercise. She maintained, cleaned, and lived independently in the home that she and Bill had rebuilt and renovated for 24 more years. In December 2019, a month shy of 90, Betty relocated to the Davis Community of Porters Neck in Wilmington, NC. For the next four years, she would thrive at the Davis Community making many friends among both the residents and the staff.

Betty was predeceased by her parents, her husband Bill Dell, and five of her six siblings: Doug (who died in early childhood), Robert, Earlamond, Phyllis, and Alice Lou. Betty is survived by younger sister Patricia, her children Pamela Dell Leahy, Michael Dell and Stephen Dell, and three grandchildren, Jennifer Leahy-Morrison, Thomas Leahy, and Victoria Dell.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Lowcountry Food Bank, 4716 Northgate Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577, www.lowcountryfoodbank.org, 843-448-0341.

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  • March 02, 2024
    Charlotte Hicks says:
    My Aunt Sally Reardon lived next door to Betty in Champions. She was always a delight to visit with and truly a light for all. We are so grateful for her visits to see Sally after she moved to the Health Care Center. (Thank you Michael for bringing her over!). Our deepest sympathies to all of her family who she loved so dearly.

  • February 28, 2024
    Anne Simpson Briscoe says:
    Annie Simpson Briscoe Our family grow up next to the Dell's. The Christmas bread was the so good. So sorry Pam, Michael and Steven . You are in my prayers.

  • February 28, 2024
    Joanie (Simpson) Lightner says:
    The Dell family were my neighbors when I was growing up in Alexandria, Virginia. I loved being their neighbors and loved Betty so much😍 She was such a delight to me. She made me laugh , made delicious bread that I still miss at Christmas and was so kind. My mom and her were best friends. Betty told my mom one time when she had enough in life my mom would see her running past the house and mom said don’t leave me because I’m going with you! Well Betty you left first but she is coming soon and save her a seat next to you🥰

  • February 27, 2024
    Ceil Whitney says:
    Betty was a wonderful neighbor here in Forest Dunes. We have missed her since she moved to Wilmington. My condolences to her family. Ceil Whitney

  • February 27, 2024
    Keith Stafford says:
    RIP Aunt Betty. I will miss talking to you. I always enjoyed that. Save a place at the table for me and don’t let God eat all your baked goods before I get there. I will make a donation to the food bank as I know you never forgot where you came from and because of that you had compassion for the less fortunate.