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Elizabeth Maxey Willis

January 4, 1941 — June 30, 2022

Elizabeth Maxey Willis

Elizabeth Bays Maxey Willis of Halifax, VA passed away June 30, 2022.  She was born in Richmond on January 4, 1941 and was 81 years of age.  She was the daughter of the late William Dabbs Maxey and the late Billie Bays Meade Maxey.  She was married to the late Dr. Calvin Johnson Willis.


She was a faithful member of St John’s Episcopal Church where she served on the Alter Guild and a Sunday School teacher. Betty was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution Berryman Green Chapter, Colonial Dames and the Jamestown Society.  She loved the outdoors, kayaking, the beach, gardening, but especially loved her family and grandchildren.  


Elizabeth Bays Maxey Willis is survived by:

Two Daughters

Katherine Dabbs Switzer Bane and husband Woody of Halifax

Sarah Stuart Switzer O’Toole and husband Michael of Huddleston, VA


Pam Willis Jenkins and husband Sam of Leesburg, VA

Shannon May Willis Nivens and husband Scott of Lynchburg, VA

Calvin Stuart Willis and wife Linda of Leesburg, VA

Five Grandchildren

Kent Bane, Kate Reese, Meg Bane, Brian O’Toole and Madelin O’Toole

Great Grandchildren

Lucy Bane, Jack O’Toole, and Hudson Reese


***Preceded in death by***


Mary Meade Maxey

William Dabbs Maxey, Jr.


Faith Pendleton Willis Callings


A funeral service will be held Tuesday, July 5, 2022, at 11:00 A.M. at St. John’s Episcopal Church with Father Timothy Jones officiating. Burial to follow in the church cemetery.


For memorials, please consider St. John’s Episcopal Church to be used for the Alter Guild and the Acolyte program, 197 Mountain Rd, Halifax, VA 24558.


Online condolences may be directed to


Arrangements are by: Powell Funeral Home, 1603 Wilborn Ave., South Boston, VA 24592.

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Funeral Service

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

St. Johns Episcopal Church

484 Mountain Rd, Halifax, VA 24558

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