Elizabeth “Betty” Drevyn Biggs, 91

CASTLE HAYNE — Elizabeth “Betty” Drevyn Biggs, of Castle Hayne, NC, entered fully into the presence of Lord on November 9, 2021. She was born in Wilmington, NC on October 13, 1930. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter C. Biggs, Jr PhD; and her parents, Christoffel “Steve” Drevyn and Clara Johnson Drevyn.

Betty is survived by her younger sister, Nancy Drevyn Thames of Chiefland, FL; son, Charles Biggs of Castle Hayne; daughter, Sharon Biggs Rabie and husband Diab of Charlotte; grandchildren, Cayla Elizabeth Biggs Humphries and husband Weston of Castle Hayne, and Steven Biggs and wife Krystal of Hampstead; and two beautiful great-grand daughters, Eliza and Della Humphries, who were her sunshine.

Betty worked at City Optical in the sixties until she became a devoted homemaker where she raised her two children. She worked part time in the late seventies at Belk.  Later, she ran a successful catering business, creating many beautiful wedding cakes.  She was fundamental in planning the Johnson family reunion every year at the homestead where everyone would fill up on home cooking and sit under the oak trees to catch up on life.

Betty was a lifetime member of Wrightsboro Baptist Church where she loved to serve the Lord. She loved serving in the nursery where she could hold all the little ones and rock them to sleep. She was active in all aspects of the church and always looked forward to putting together Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes with her Sunday school class, The Lamplighters. She loved her weekly Dominos game with her Sunday School friends.  This tradition continued even when she moved into Assisted Living. 

Betty was an active in her community and enjoyed volunteering at Mothers Hubbard’s Cupboard and Meals on Wheels.  In addition to her devotion to her family and church, she also had a lifelong bond with the wives of the UNCW biology department. 

Betty had a love for the outdoors and camping.  She spent many summers traveling throughout the US with her family.  From Yosemite, to the Grand Canyon, to Niagara Falls, and all the National Parks in between.  She and Walter appreciated the beauty of traveling stateside and loved sharing these experiences with their children and grandchildren, passing on many memories that will not be forgotten.  

Betty has been a caretaker most of her life, caring for her mother-in-law, then her mother, and lastly her husband.  It is the Lord’s turn to heal and take care of her.  She has been ready to be with those who went before her and now she is there with no more pain.  She will be dearly missed.

A private burial service will be held at the family’s gravesite.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Wrightsboro Baptist Church Building Fund, 2736 Castle Hayne Rd Wilmington NC 28401 or Meals on Wheels ( Senior Meals) 2222 South College Rd Wilmington NC 28403 in her name. The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the staff on the 700 hall at Woodbury Wellness Center in Hampstead for her care.

“Take a kid camping and make memories they will never forget.”


  Here is a list of things I wish for you, written to bring into your life what is best: May you have enough HAPPINESS to make you sweet; enough TRIALS to make you strong; enough SORROW to keep you human; enough HOPE to make your heart sing; enough LABOR to keep you from rust; enough LEISURE to make you broad; enough RELIGION to make you value the best; and enough of THE LOVE OF GOD IN YOUR SOUL to make you glad to serve HIM and others.

 If God sends us on rough and stony roads, He will provide us with strong shoes; but should not say the road is rough just because we have a pebble in those shoes. We take out the pebble and keep going!

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