Elizabeth Harward Jolly
Elizabeth Harward Jolly
  • November 10, 1938 - July 12, 2017
  • Richmond, Virginia

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Elizabeth (Betty) Lee Harward Jolly, age 78, of Richmond died Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 at her daughter's home.

She was born November 10th, 1938 in Cookeville, Tennessee, daughter of the late Margaret Louise Stanton Harward and William Leon Harward.

Betty worked in public service in higher education as government liaison director for three Virginia universities and was an appointee in the administrations of two governors. She was an avid reader and writer and political activist. She served on several boards including the Board of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS), the Board of Visitors of James Madison University and the Garden Club of Virginia.

In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Franklin Jolly. She is survived by two daughters, Margaret (Meg) Rutkowski and husband, James of Richmond, and Anne J. Schlussler and husband, Daniel of Richmond; five grandchildren, Jack Rutkowski, Duncan Rutkowski, Ava Rutkowski, Emma Schlussler and Cate Schlussler of Richmond; her brother, William Leon (Bill) Harward, Jr. and wife, Sharon of Danville, Kentucky; and nephews, Will Harward and Ben Harward.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

Her service will be at St. Paul's Episcopal Church (815 E. Grace Street, Richmond, VA) at 1 PM on Thursday, July 20th followed by a celebration of life at Juleps Restaurant from 2-4 PM. A private burial will be held in Harrisonburg on Saturday, July 22nd followed by a reception for friends and family at Spotswood Country Club from 2-4 PM.

Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg is handling arrangements and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.lindseyharrisonburg.com.