Betsy Reid Viall
Betsy Reid Viall
  • December 25, 1921 - September 22, 2017
  • Raleigh, North Carolina

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Betsy Reid Viall, 95, of Raleigh, died on September 22, 2017. Betsy was born in Lakeland, Florida, but moved to the Raleigh area with her grandmother at the age of nine. Her grandmother worked for the Mansion Park Hotel, which is also where they lived. Betsy attended catholic school and went on to attend Peace College while she was still in high school. She began modeling at a young age, eventually moving to New York to pursue modeling. While there, Betsy also worked for Merrill Lynch, and was the first woman to ever draw a marker on the New York Stock Exchange.
After returning to Raleigh, Betsy met and married George "Doc" Viall while he was serving in the United States Navy. Betsy and her family owned many businesses in Cameron Village in Raleigh throughout the years. She worked for many years at Thompson Lynch Company, where she made many friends, and fitted many lamp shades. At the Carolina Country Club, Betsy was instrumental in creating the Junior Golf Program. She was a very active member of White Memorial Presbyterian Church, serving in many roles such as secretary and flower arranging. She was also passionate about flowers, entered several competitions over many years. Betsy had a hobby of making miniatures, building doll houses and even made her own doll house furniture. She also loved to play bridge.
Betsy is survived by her children, Karen Suberman (Rick), George Viall (Debbie), and Holly Viall; grandchildren, Karen Elizabeth Nowell, Gwynn Nowell, III (Bee), Lauren Nowell, George "Trey" Viall, III (Jessica), and Gregory Viall; great grandson, Gwynn Nowell, IV; sister, Sally Lishon; and niece Linda Hancock (Jim). Betsy was preceded in death by her husband, George Edgar Viall; mother, Elizabeth Knipe; and sister, Ruby George.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 1:30pm at White Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1701 Oberlin Road, Raleigh followed by a reception in the Jane Bell Gathering Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to SPCA of Wake County, 200 Petfinder Ln, Raleigh, NC 27603 or the Youth Ministry at White Memorial Presbyterian church. Condolences may be made at