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04/14/10 - NNHS Newsletter -
Betsy Rouvalis Neofitou Mills

Betsy Rouvalis Neofitou Mills
(14 Dec 1930 - 13 Apr 2010)

May her memory be eternal.

Newport News High School Class of 1948

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   There is more sad news this Wednesday morning.  Betsy Rouvalis Neofitou Mills, Class of 1948, passed away in Newport News on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at the age of 79.

   From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 04/14/10, 9:55 AM - "Rouvalis-Neofitou-Mills":

Hello Carol,        Wed. Apr. 14, 2010

Bessie Rouvalis appears in the 1948 Anchor on page 99.

Fred W. Field
Fullerton, CA

   Thank you so much for that clarification, Fred.

From the Daily Press - 04/14/10:

                    Betsy Rouvalis Neofitou Mills

  NEWPORT NEWS - Betsy R. Mills, 79, passed away on Tuesday, April 13, 2010, surrounded by her family.

Born in Newport News, Va., on Dec. 14, 1930, she resided there most of her life. She graduated from Newport News High School and attended James Madison University. She worked at Fort Eustis Army Post and later retired from Langley Air Force Base. Upon her retirement, she received an award for her outstanding achievement.

Mrs. Mills was a member of the Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, where she participated in many activities. She was one of the first Sunday school teachers, and sang in the choir for more than 25 years. She was also active in the early Greek Festivals. She was a member of the Hellenic Women's Penelope Society and the Philoptochos Society. Mrs. Mills will be remembered for her love of reading and playing bridge.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Alexander and Efthemia Rouvalis, and her husbands, Michael Neofitou and Howard Mills.

She is survived by her children, Alexis Dabbs (Bobby), Helen Patrick, and John Neofitou; grandchildren, Lauren Loeffler (Jason) and Ryan Patrick, a great-grandchild, Paige Loeffler; her niece, Tammy Croak; and nephew, Joseph Schlim and their families.

A Trisagion Service will be held at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church on Thursday, April 15, 2010, at 6 p.m. Visitation will then follow until 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church on Friday, April 16, 2010, at 1 p.m.

Interment will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the , 11835 Canon Blvd, Newport News, VA 23606. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from April 14 to April 15, 2010.

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April 14, 2010
I am shocked and very sad to hear of Betsy's death. She and Howard were very dear and special friends to me, when I began my first job at Langley AFB. Betsy and I have kept in touch for over 30 years, since my husband and I moved to WI. I will always remember her for her deep love and commitment to her family.

Gail Nemeckay

~ Gail Nemeckay, Oregon, Wisconsin

April 14, 2010  

  I am very sad to learn that Betsy is no longer with us.

I really got to know Betsy when she served as our Recording Secretary for the Hellenic Woman's Penelope Society. She wanted always to do a good job.

I know that family was very important to Betsy and with the birth of her great-granddaughter, she had a new mission, to be with her as much as possible.

I want to extend my heartfelt sympathy to John, Alexis and Helen. The loss of a mother is especially hard.

Paulene, I know how much Betsy loved you. I never had a sister, but if I had I would have wanted one like Betsy.

May her memory be eternal.


Joanie Michalos
~ Joanie Michalos, Newport News, Virginia

April 14, 2010  

I am very saddened to hear of Betsy's death. She was a wonderfully caring person and loyal friend to many. She and my father, Howard Mills, were very much in love and had many joy-filled years together. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.
~ Tommy Mills, Virginia Beach, Virginia
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April 15, 2010  

I am very saddened to hear of Bessie's passing. I know she preferred 'Betsy" but I remember her from NNHS as Bessie. A good friend. Wish I could have stayed in closer touch. She was a great person.

~ Bunky Bull

April 16, 2010

Thoughts and prayers are with you on the loss of Betsy. My husband, Ralph, worked with Betsy and Howard at Langley AFB. We enjoyed dinners with them and playing bridge. Betsy's Party Chicken will always remain a favorite with me.

Betsy had called me several weeks ago which was a wonderful surprise. I was saddened at that time to learn of her failing health. I'm only sorry that I didn't take time to visit with her prior to her passing. She was a lovely lady with a wonderful sense of humor, and she loved her family so very much.
~ Pat Binder, Seaford, Virginia
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   Our deepest condolences are extended to Mrs. Mills' entire family and their friends.

   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!   We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

In You Rejoice
(O Tebi Radujetsja)

Liturgy of St. Basil - Tone 6

(English adaptation by Edward Sedor)

All creation rejoices in You,
O You who are full of grace,
the host of angels and all mankind.
O holy temple and spiritual paradise,
the glory of virgins,
from whom God was made flesh and became a little Child,
and is our God before all ages.

For He made You womb His throne,
and more spacious than the heavens.
All creation rejoices in You,
O You who are full of grace,
glory to You.

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