Elizabeth Brunsman

Elizabeth Hilliard Brunsman

Saturday, October 27th, 1928 - Sunday, May 24th, 2020
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Elizabeth Hilliard “Betty” Brunsman, 91, passed away at her residence in Chesapeake, VA on May 24, 2020. She was born in Brookeville, MD to the late Claude H. and Margaret Baker Hilliard and also predeceased by her 2 brother. Betty married Edward J. Brunsman on February 12, 1949 in Washington, D.C. who preceded her in death in December of 2015. She worked for WMAL Television for 10 years and later as Property Manager at Biltmore Garden Estates in Asheville, NC. While in Asheville, she even modeled for the Talbots Department Store and worked as a Tour Guide at Biltmore Estates. She had a wonderful life with her family and friends and was a truly devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother.
Left to cherish her memory is her daughter, Margaret Susan Hester (Mabry); son, Carl Brunsman (Phyliss); 4 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild; and a host of other family and friends.
Graham Funeral Home, Chesapeake will be caring for arrangements. Please take a moment to share a story or memory with the family.
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Joyce & Stacy Howard

Posted at 05:17pm
Dear Family. My mother and I wish to express our sincerest condolences to you. At such a time as this it's very encouraging to know that the Bible can provide the best of encouraging words during this unhappy occasion. We've found the accounts of the resurrection of the daughter of Jairus at Luke 8:49-55 & that of Lazarus at John 11:39-45 to be very uplifting. We've learned these accounts as well as other wonderful miracles performed by Christ Jesus during his earthly ministry, served as but a preview of what is soon to take place on a global scale as promised by His Heavenly Father Jehovah God. Other texts you may want to consider reading, which are some of our personal favorites are: Isaiah 25:8, 1Corinthians 15:26 and Revelation 21:3, 4. For a certainty these promises offer a real solid hope for the very near future and are trustworthy because at Joshua 23:14 Jehovah God is described as the One who becomes the Fulfiller of all that he promises. Revelation 21:5 says, Also he says: "Write, for these words are faithful and true." Lastly, God cannot lie. (Titus 1:2) Until these wonderful promises are fulfilled from Jehovah God by means of His Son Jesus Christ, we wish family and friends peace and comfort that Jehovah, the God of comfort, will give you. (2Corinthians 1:3, 4) Our most heartfelt regards, Joyce & Stacy Howard.

Becky LaDage Alexander

Posted at 11:45pm
I have many memories of Elizabeth. The first memory is when I met Elizabeth and her beloved Eddie. They were great-grandparents then to Christopher and Brianna and had come not only to volunteer for all the evenings of Vacation Bible School ... but to bring their two great-grandchildren to participate ! I would never have guessed they were in their late seventies... Elizabeth had on a Hawaiian muumuu!!! Over the years I instructed Christopher and Brianna as Acolytes and became their friend. She and Eddie were a devoted couple and I don’t think she ever fully recovered after his death in 2015. After my own mother came to life with me when she was 100, Elizabeth, mother, and I would attend St. Paul’s Lenten Lectures or the Wednesday Noon Prayer Service. This was always followed by lunch at either Panera or Baker’s Crust, which was Elizabeth & Eddie’s favorite place to eat. These two lovely ladies would watch out for each other while they zoomed around with their walkers. That’s when I dubbed them Frick and Frack! As the months and years passed I saw both of them slowing down. We lost mother at almost 102 at the end of 2016 . It was clear then that Elizabeth had Alzheimer’s. But the two of us continued to attend church at noon. In exasperation one day she exclaimed , “ Well, who will be Frack?” I replied that I would take my mother’s place and be Frack. She settled right down. Then there came a time when It was impossible for Elizabeth to attend church so I would come and visit Elizabeth , Susie and Pop on Sundays after church. It was an honor to visit with her. She knew me at first, but slowly this disease took that away. I may not have been Becky or Frack... but I was someone who loved her and she could sense that. Before I left we always sang “You Are My Sunshine.” Despite the disease she could sing along with me. Elizabeth was truly blessed as she was lovingly cared for by her daughter, Susie, and son-in-law, Pop. Theirs was an absolute labor of love as caregivers for as long as Elizabeth needed. . And I was privileged to be there.
Becky LaDage Alexander

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Posted at 11:01pm
Love and prayers, Aunt Moe and Uncle Dave
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Mike Hilliard

Posted at 05:32pm
What do you say about a woman you have known all your life? A woman whom as a child you spent every Thanksgiving and Easter with, a woman who was your father’s beloved sister and one of your mother’s best friends. A woman whom your father made promise she would watch over you and your sister before he died, and she kept that promise to him. A woman who helped you take care of your father in his last days. I woman who sat with you at your father’s beside when he died. A woman who loved me unconditionally despite all my flaws and mistakes. The only thing I can think of is God blessed my life with my Aunt Betty. I will miss her. She is the last of her generation. However, I take solace somewhere my parents, Uncle Eddie, and Aunt Betty are all together again enjoying their mutual love and company.

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