Elizabeth Woodcock Todd Compo of Southern Pines passed away on February 22, 2018, at FirstHealth Hospice House in Southern Pines, NC. She was 87.
Born on September 21, 1930, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to the late George and Hannah Todd, Betty went with her parents as a teenager to the western Pacific island of Saipan following World War II. It was there that she met the love of her life and her future husband, Louis Compo, whose father was the Governor of Saipan. She later attended Mary Baldwin College and the University of Maryland before marrying Louis in 1951.
As a devoted, loving and nurturing wife and mother of five, family was always the top priority in Betty’s life. Her zest for life was contagious, infecting not only her family, but seemingly every single person she met. She enjoyed cooking, playing bridge, water aerobics, gardening, tennis, dancing and spending time at the family beach cottage, Moonlight Serenade. But most of all, she enjoyed being with people, whether family, friends or total strangers. As a result, she was never known to miss an opportunity for a party.
Betty and Louis raised four of their five children in Pensacola. Louis’s job then took them to Subic Bay in the Philippines for two separate tours, San Diego (where Gil was born) and Virginia Beach before they retired to Pinehurst. Betty was very active in Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Southern Pines, and Eastern Shore Chapel, Virginia Beach, with long time service on the Altar Guild and Vestry. She was active in numerous organizations including several bridge clubs, the DAR and The Colonial Dames.
Betty is survived by her loving husband of 66 wonderful years, Louis R. Compo; five children, Christine Bagley (David) of San Diego, CA; Tricia McDuff (Doug) of Gainesville, GA; George Compo (Saunders) of Norfolk, VA; Louise DeHaven (Darrel) of Gig Harbor, WA; and Gilbert Compo (Pamela) of Louisville, CO. She is survived as well by eleven grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, her sister, Hannah Sellers, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 17, at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Southern Pines, with a reception at the church following the service.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Altar Guild Fund of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 340 S. Ridge Street, Southern Pines, NC 28387 or FirstHealth Hospice House, PO Box 5889, Pinehurst, NC 28374.
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