Elizabeth Hendrickson, age 69 of Yorktown, VA passed away after a brief illness on Thursday, January 21, 2021, at her beautiful home surrounded by her three children and her most meaningful memories.
Born Elizabeth Stringer in 1951 in Bayonne, NJ, she was a proud graduate of Bridgewater Raritan West High School in 1969, where she met her high school sweetheart and the love of her life, Scott Lars Hendrickson (Capt, USN (Ret.)). She went on to attend St. Peter’s School of Nursing in New Brunswick, NJ where she graduated in 1972. Elizabeth worked as a registered nurse at Hunterdon Medical Center in NJ, Sacred Heart Hospital in FL, and Bayside Hospital in VA Beach, VA. In 1983, with the arrival of her third child, she decided to switch careers to the greatest of her life, a full-time mother. Later in life, she pursued an education in Historic Preservation at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, VA.
Passionate about her community, Elizabeth was an active volunteer throughout her life. Some of her most important contributions include many years with the Navy Wives Club (where she also served as President), the Catholic Family and Children’s Service Auxiliary, in the classroom and lunchroom at Star of the Sea School, the Brownie’s Organization, the Health Room, teaching children’s liturgy at All Saint’s Catholic Church and Star of the Sea, and in collections preservation at the James Monroe Museum.
A beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, she was an eternal optimist. She never met a person who wasn’t in awe of her strength, character, kindness, and ability to share her wisdom and her heart. She touched those around her in the many states and towns she lived in with her family, including Bayonne, NJ (where she was born); Iselin, South Plainfield, Bridgewater, and Bound Brook, NJ; Annapolis and Lexington Park, MD; Pensacola, FL; Newport, RI; Virginia Beach, Manassas, and Yorktown, VA.
Nothing mattered in the world more than her family, and she made the most of every opportunity she could to bring family together and create family traditions. Most notable would be family vacations, hosting holiday dinners and parties at her home, supporting her children in every possible interest or activity they were involved in, and somehow still making the most delicious dinners for the entire family to sit down to every night, no matter what.
Affectionately known as Beth, Liz, Mom, Buzzer, Grandma, Aunt Lizzie, Mama Hen, and more, she was a woman of what seemed like 1000 hobbies, and always encouraged others to find hobbies they were passionate about. Some of her favorites included genealogy (which she researched for over 37 years, and was inducted into the Daughters of the American Revolution), cross-stitch, quilting, sewing, reading, traveling the US with her family, gardening, decorating her beautiful home (and redecorating regularly!), scrapbooking, collecting teacups, and researching the history of how America was founded. A woman who never stopped, she loved living and loved experiencing life and everything it had to offer.
Elizabeth is survived by her three children, Christina E. FitzSimmons, of Yorktown, VA, John S. Hendrickson, of Dumfries, VA, and Thomas E. Hendrickson, of New York, NY; her beautiful grandchildren, Connor and Violet FitzSimmons and Jack Hendrickson and unborn baby brother; four siblings, Virginia Roberts, of Annapolis, MD, Marion Welliver, of Newport News, VA, Eugene Stringer of Annandale, NJ, and Thomas Stringer, of Middlesex, NJ. Her passing was preceded by her loving husband, Scott Lars Hendrickson (Capt, USN); son, Richard L. Hendrickson; and her parents, Eugene and Elizabeth Stringer, all of whom she is with now in Heaven.
Interment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery, where she will eternally rest with her soulmate Scott. Details to be announced in the coming weeks on funeral mass and interment date. Virtual attendance will be available.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may take place in form of donations to the Creutzfeld-Jakob Disease Foundation, Inc (cjdfoundation.org), or to the Salvation Army, both in memory of Elizabeth Hendrickson.
Professionals services have been entrusted to the staff of Whiting's Funeral Home, 7005 Pocahontas Trail, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185. 757-229-3011 whitingsfuneralhome.com
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