|Elizabeth Randall Elliott Culver-Bolam
Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 9, 2013
ELIZABETH RANDALL ELLIOTT CULVER-BOLAM (Age 98)
Of Culpeper, beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother, died December 1,
2013, at home.
She was born May 14, 1915 in Washington, DC to Helen Josephine Harlow and Ross
Tompkins Elliott. She grew up with her siblings in Riverton, New Jersey and Washington,
DC. She graduated from Western High School (1933) in Washington, DC, and she
met and married German Pierce Culver, a 1935 West Point graduate.
She traveled all over with her husband and children, and was widowed in 1953 while
stationed in Japan. She moved to Arlington, Virginia with her children, Priscilla Jones,
Jodi Casamo, Becky Clark and Gerry Culver, and in 1957 she met and married Cecil
Austen Bolam, a 1938 Annapolis graduate, bringing in another three girls to the family,
Susan Bolam, Linda Corcoran and Carol Gordon. The family traveled from Virginia to
California, to Rhode Island and eventually back to Virginia.
She was widowed once again in 1966. She subsequently welcomed two more girls as
part of the family, Elise Strickland and Judy Moore. Betty, as her friends called her, or
Teena or Ani as her family called her, was such a versatile and accomplished person.
She loved playing golf up through her sixties, did extensive handwork, knitting, sewing,
crocheting and needlepoint. She moved to Culpeper in 1990, living in a wonderful house
that was the hub of family holidays, reunions and family get togethers. Entertaining was
something she did beautifully, having done so much of it as a military wife. She
gardened for hours, planted flowers and trees and reveled in being outdoors. A devout
Catholic her entire life, Betty attended Precious Blood in Culpeper.
Betty is survived by all her children, 13 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and one
brother, Michael Bernard Elliott.
Truly an amazing lady in every sense of the word, Elizabeth was beautiful and always
gracious. She raised her children primarily by herself, then helped out with all the
grandkids, babysitting, picking up from school, taking them to appointments and helping
out however she could. She was always there for her family in every aspect of their lives.
A true matriarch, Betty was the glue that has held the family together, creating and
preserving traditions and history, and showing by example how to persevere no matter
the circumstances - preferably with lipstick neatly applied.
Although the loss to her family is great, her laughter, courage, sense of humor, boundless
energy, traditions, and dignity will forever remain strong in the hearts of her family and
dear friends. Her family would like to extend a special and heartfelt thank you to those
that took such good care of Elizabeth in recent months.
The memorial service will be held at Precious Blood Catholic Church in Culpeper on
Thursday, December 12, 2013, at 11:30 a.m.
Elizabeth will later be buried at Arlington Cemetery with her first husband German Pierce