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Elizabeth Louise Fitzgerald "Betty Lou" Braden, 82, died Friday, April 20, 2012, at her home, Litchfield Farm, in King George County.
Betty Lou was born Jan. 24, 1930, in Philadelphia. She was the daughter of Leonard Washington Fitzgerald Sr. and Catherine Delaney Fitzgerald. She was preceded in death by her husband, Boyd Early "Moose" Braden Jr.; and her brother Leonard Washington Fitzgerald Jr.
She is survived by her children, Boyd Early "Smokey" Braden III and his wife, Shirley Perry Braden, Brian Andrew Braden Sr. and his wife, Kathy Madsen Braden, and Virginia Catherine "Ginnie Kaye" Braden and her husband, Danny Joe Greene; four grandchildren, Boyd "Bo" Braden IV, Brian Andrew Braden Jr., Mary Elizabeth Braden and Morgan Brianna Braden; brother Emmett William Fitzgerald and his wife, Peggy Rollins Fitzgerald; and several nieces and nephews.
Betty Lou was a longtime member of Oakland Baptist Church, teaching Sunday school there for many years, and often attended St. Paul's Episcopal Church, as well. She was the valedictorian of her King George High School graduating class and received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Mary Washington College. She later received her teaching certification and taught mathematics at King George Middle School for many years before retiring.
She was a long-standing and dedicated member of the James Madison Garden Club, the King George Book Club and the King George Historical Society. Betty Lou enjoyed gardening, bird watching, being outdoors, sharing her family's genealogy and local history, and spending time with her family and many friends. She had been honored recently by the King George Board of Supervisors for hosting Go Fly a Kite Day at Litchfield Farm for 25 years.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 23, at Nash and Slaw Funeral Home, King George. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 24, at Oakland Baptist Church, with the Rev. Guy Mattox officiating. Burial will follow in Historyland Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania Unit, Attn: Trudy Clifton, 113 Tall Pines Ave., Locust Grove, Va. 22508.
Online condolences may be made at nashandslawfh.com.