Betty Alphodine Rose Breeden passed from this life Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, at the age of 87.
Betty was born in Alleghany County, to Harry P. Rose Sr., and Bertha Florence Bush Rose, who preceded her in death.
She was the ninth of 11 children (seven girls and four boys) born to Harry and Bertha, and she was the last living child, all of her brothers and sisters preceding her in death.
Betty graduated from Covington High School and worked at the Rose’s store in downtown Covington until her marriage to Charles L. Breeden Jr., in August of 1953.
She became a mother two years later and did not work outside the home until 25 years later, when she and her husband moved from Roanoke to their hometown of Covington for several years.
In a real twist, she took a job at the newly built Rose’s store (after being away for 25 years) and became the stock room manager.
She is survived by two daughters, Deborah (Frank) Campbell and Rosemary Brown and one son, Steven (Betty) Breeden; grandchildren, Andrea (Steven) Powers, Emily (Michael) Potter, Dennis Campbell, Jason (Ashley) Call, Kara, Angela, Rikki and Trevor Brown; and great-grandchildren, Jordon Alley, Nicholas Powers, Caleb and Declan Potter, Sara Beth and Maggie Call, Micah Campbell and Keimauri Brown.
Betty was a longtime member of the Church of Christ, serving as women’s group leader and was also a Sunday and Vacation Bible School teacher.
She loved cooking and baking, sewing and other creative pastimes and church and gospel music.
She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made to Disabled American Veterans (DAV).
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, at Simpson Funeral Home, 5160 Peters Creek Road, Roanoke, Va. 24019 by Michael E. Potter and David Rhudy, ministers.
Interment will follow in Sherwood Memorial Park, next to her husband of 67 years.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements by Simpson Funeral Home, 540-366-0707.
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