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Barbara Ann Bethel

October 12, 1938 — July 17, 2023


Barbara Ann Bethel of Crofton, Maryland, formerly from Landover Hills, Maryland, passed away peacefully at Autumn Lake Healthcare of Crofton on July 17, 2023.

Barbara was born October 12, 1938, in Washington, D.C.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas C. Bethel, and her parents William Joseph and Margret K Cox. Barbara is survived by her children Theresa Hines (John), Thomas Bethel (Rebecca), James Bethel and Deborah Bethel Sanford (Brian).  She was a proud grandmother of her beloved grandson Christopher DeWitt Sanford. 

One of her greatest joys in life—watching her grandson Christopher play little league baseball. Barbara's love and support for Christopher's athletic endeavors brought her great happiness and created treasured memories for both of them. The bond they shared through the joy of baseball will forever hold a special place in their hearts.

Professionally, Barbara enjoyed a successful career as an underwriter with Metropolitan Life Insurance. Her expertise, dedication, and exceptional work ethic made her a valuable asset to the company and earned her the respect and admiration of her colleagues. After her time at Metropolitan Life Insurance, Barbara transitioned to work in several Prince George County schools, where she served as a cafeteria and library aide. Her caring nature and love for children made her a beloved figure within the school community.

Barbara's greatest joys was her passion for gardening. She possessed a green thumb that could bring life to any plant or flower that she touched. The vibrant colors and sweet scents that graced her garden were a testament to her nurturing spirit and love for all things natural.

Beyond her green thumb, Barbara's talent extended to the art of sewing. With each stitch, she created beautiful masterpieces that reflected her creativity and attention to detail.

In addition to her many passions, it is important to note that Barbara was a devoted supporter of the Washington Humane Society. She had a deep love and compassion for animals, and she actively contributed to the well-being and care of furry friends in need. Barbara's support for the Washington Humane Society exemplified her kind and nurturing nature, extending her love not only to humans but also to our beloved animal companions. Her commitment to animal welfare leaves a lasting impact and serves as a testament to her boundless empathy and caring spirit.

Barbara's family will be holding a private memorial service to honor her life and legacy.

May her soul find eternal peace, and may her memory be a blessing to us all.


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