Bette Graham Wickham Binns


In Loving

Bette Graham Wickham Binns

Apr 10, 1945Feb 07, 2019



Berea Baptist Church


Mon, February 11, 2019


1 : 00 PM – 2 : 00 PM

Celebration of Life


Berea Baptist Church


Mon, February 11, 2019


2 : 00 PM

Obituary message

Binns, Bette Graham Wickham, 73, went to the arms of her heavenly father on February 7th, 2019.  It is only appropriate that Bette passed while a patient at St. Mary’s Hospital, where she worked for 43 years as an RN, Head Nurse and Nursing Supervisor. Bette was preceded in death by her parents, Walter Graham Wickham and Evelyn “Evie” Cannon Wickham Deshazo, step-father Jobe King Deshazo, brother Walter Graham Wickham, Jr. and niece Karen Sue Binns.  She is survived by her loving husband of 51 years William F. “Bill” Binns, sons Scott (Anne) and Michael (Carolina), grandchildren, Chase, Eliza, Cannon and Caroline Binns, as well as step-grandchildren Jackson and Sam Taylor and Nathaniel and Gabriela Gutierrez; sister-in-law Shirley Wickham and brother-in-law Frank G. “Sonny” Binns (Susan); numerous nieces and nephews as well as many special friends and co-workers. Born April 10, 1945, Bette grew up in Glen Allen, graduated from Hermitage High School and then Richmond Memorial School of Nursing.  Bette and Bill married following graduation in 1967 and she joined St. Mary’s Hospital, which had opened just the year before.  They raised their boys in Rockville, VA, but once empty nesters, moved to Manakin-Sabot, VA.  Prior to a stroke in 2010, Bette enjoyed time at the Rivah, the Beach and on the golf course as an active member of the 9 Holers at Hermitage Country Club where she was a life member.  She also had a passion for her grandchildren and rarely missed an opportunity to attend their activities and sporting events, frequently being the most vocal cheerleader on the sidelines. A celebration of Bette’s life will be held at Berea Baptist Church at 2pm on Monday, February 11th, 2019.  The family will greet friends one hour before the service and a reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, you may make donations in her name to Sheltering Arms Rehabilitation Center, Beth Sholom Lifecare Community or Bon Secours Hospice & Palliative Care.



  1. Liz and Todd Chambers April 1, 2019 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    Bill, Scott and Michael: we were blessed to know Bette and be recipients of her love and hospitality. We celebrate her life and mourn her loss with you. Holding you in our hearts.

  2. Susan Minor Durrett April 1, 2019 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    I have known Bette for many years also working at St Mary’s Hospital since 1985. Always loved it when she was on as the supervisor!!! Hugs and prayers to all of Bette’s family which she spoke about often.

  3. Doris and Jim Rogers April 1, 2019 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    We will always remember what a gracious and caring lady Bette was and how much she loved her family. Our deepest thoughts and sympathy goes out to the entire Binns’ family

    Doris and Jim Rogers and family

  4. Tom Yeager April 1, 2019 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    Our deepest thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Binns family. Betty was a one of a kind professionally and outside of work. Her love for the family was equal to none and will be surely missed.

    Tom and Trudy Yeager

  5. Carolyn Singh April 1, 2019 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    I remember having Bette as one of the night supervisors at St. Mary’s Hospital. Bette had a “joie de vivre”… always smiling. She was “bubbly”. She was professional and knowledgeable. She and I shared a love for jewelry! I know she is one of heaven’s angels. Peace ….🙏🏻

  6. Lynn and Jim McGuffin April 1, 2019 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    Our condolences and prayers are extended to the Binn’s family. We are thinking of you during this very difficult time.

  7. Helena Heindl April 1, 2019 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    Betty you will be missed .You were wonderful and loving nurse and I have so many beautiful memories about working with you .May the Lord comfort your family in this time of sorrow . Rest in the arms of Jesus forever.

  8. Carolyn Whitley April 1, 2019 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    I knew and respected Betty at St Mary’s Hospital. My thoughts , prayers and sincere sympathy are with all her family during this difficult time.

  9. Charlotte Miller April 1, 2019 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    I didn’t get a chance to really know Bette, I met her a few times and she was very nice. I worked will Bill at Signet Bank. My thoughts and prayers go out to Bill and the family during this difficult time.

  10. Joan williamson April 1, 2019 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    I worked with Bette at St. Mary’s. She was a wonderful nursing supervisor. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family at this difficult time.

  11. Butchie Roach Bugsch April 1, 2019 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    I have not seen Betty in many years but have wonderful memories of playing with her and our little group of girls on Harding Avenue where we grew up. We had dance shows, built forts in the woods, lemonade stands and softball games in the vacant lot plus a myriad of other creative games. Our best ever was 2 clubs, the Bears vs the Mudhens that lasted all summer with secret codes and treasure maps. She was a giving, caring person so much like her Mom ,a perfect nurse. I am glad I grew up with her for I believe we had a blessed childhood. I will have you in my thoughts and prayers.

  12. Kitty Jackson Hardee April 1, 2019 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    Thoughts and prayers to Bette’s family. I worked with Bette in CCU prior to her supervisor days.W hat a great nurse she was and a great role model .Loved her sense of humor and compassion. Always a pleasure to work with.

    Kitty Jackson Hardee

  13. Renee Kaufelt April 1, 2019 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    I have know Bette for many years working at St Marys on 5 East. I Always loved her smile. She will be a soul greatly missed in this world.

  14. Becky Mains April 1, 2019 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    Elaine Zurenko and I are saddened to hear of Bette’s passing . We would like her family to know how important she was to all of us at St Mary’s . We are the nurses that she helped and guided . She was a friend to many.And we appreciate all the sacrifices she made to ensure that the patients were cared for with the best care.

  15. Elizabeth Kosteski April 1, 2019 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    Bill, Scott and Michael, My heartfelt condolences as you grieve your loss. I worked for many years with Bette at SMH. We were Nursing Supervisors together and I always enjoyed her stories of you and the boys growing up. She loved you dearly. Bette was a respected critical care nurse and always upheld the motto- “Good Help to Those in Need”, both on and off duty. Know that her suffering is over now and she has found peace with her Lord and Savior. Be assured of my prayers.

  16. Connie Tiller Byers April 1, 2019 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    I knew Bette in the late 70’s and 80’s when we worked together in the Coronary Care Unit at St. Mary’s Hospital. She was always a delight to be around. She always had great stories about her children growing up. She was a wonderful nurse and person. I have fond memories of her. So sorry to hear of her passing. My prayers and condolences go out to all of her family.

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