Evelynn Belle Turbeville Ware, 82, wife of the late John William Ware of Hillsboro, Virginia, passed away on Sunday, November 25 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. Born February 22, 1936 in Washington, DC, she was the daughter of the late Evelyn and Willie Turbeville.
Belle was a long-time resident of Hillsboro, Virginia having moved here with her parents and sister during the end of WWII. After she married, Belle and her beloved husband John moved to tiny house in town where they lived while restoring a Victorian farmhouse they purchased in Hillsboro. Belle was one of the founding members of what is now the Short Hill Historical Society and helped save the Old Stone School from demolition. She served as an active member of this non-profit for 42 years, and was most fond of the Christmas in Hillsboro Historic Homes Tour. Following in the footsteps of her mother who was the first female mayor in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Belle served her community on the Hillsboro Town Council. For many years, she was the Town Treasurer, and ultimately became Hillsboro’s Vice Mayor. Belle was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and each year, recognized an elementary school student at Hillsboro with the DAR award. Part of the congregation of the Hillsboro United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women’s Group. Belle sang in the choir and was instrumental in many volunteer efforts through the church which included making apple butter, raising money through a yard sale, helping prepare and serve the annual freewill offering holiday dinner, packaging and donating meals for local families in need, hosting the annual church picnic, and helping with a local food bank. Belle worked at a medical practice for thirty years before retiring.
Belle is survived by daughter: Vicki Ware Albert and her husband Charles; daughter Paige Ware Petro and her husband Mark; son John Ware; son Mark Ware and his wife Amie; 10 grandchildren: Jeremy Barry, Lindsay Albert, Kendall Albert, Morgan Petro, Chris Petro, Jordan Ware, Jackson Ware, Evan Ware, Matthew Ware, and Nathan Ware; and 2 great grandchildren: Owen Barry and Kyle Barry.
In addition to her husband John, Belle was predeceased by her parents Evelyn and Willie Turbeville, sister Wilma Turbeville Helton, and grandson Jason Reed.
A memorial service will be held at Hillsboro United Methodist Church on November 30th at 1:00 p.m. followed by a reception at the Old Stone School to celebrate Belle’s life.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Belle’s name be made the two community organizations that she dedicated much of her life to: Hillsboro United Methodist Church, 37216 Charles Town Pike, Hillsboro, VA 20132 and the Short Hill Historical Society (P.O. Box 770, Purcellville, Virginia 20132).
Please visit www.hallfh.com to express online condolences to the family. Arrangements by Hall Funeral Home, Purcellville, VA.