16 March 2020

a simple cotton dress of blue, for I, have loved the skies.
circumscribed in pine and yew—and lilies of the field-BCT

Betty Anne Cushwa Tapp, 89 of Roxboro, died Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at her home. 

Born, April 12, 1930, in Roxboro, to parents George Joseph Cushwa and Bessie Pettigrew Cushwa. She attended Woman’s College in Greensboro, pursuing her love of art and singing. She continued her love of painting, and poetry sharing her work with family and friends throughout her life.

She said her greatest accomplishments were her three children, instilling in them her sense of kindness, and her acceptance of every individual regardless of their diverse beliefs or station in life.

She is preceded in death by her one and only love, husband Norman Lewis Tapp; and three of her siblings, Helen C. Gentry, Annette C. Snipes, and George Cushwa Jr. Surviving are her children, Paul Norman Tapp and his wife Joanne Reed of Fairfield, Iowa, Kevin Cushwa Tapp of Winston-Salem and Patricia Gaye Tapp of Roxboro; sister, Hanky C. McFadyen of Roxboro; two grandchildren, Elizabeth Tapp and her husband Adam Ewing, and Jeremy Tapp.

A private memorial service will be held in the home.
In remembrance of her life, Betty would encourage you to donate to the charity or cause you most believe in.


  1. Hello Gaye, My condolences on your sad loss. You mother looks beautiful and dramatic in this photo. She seems a person I would like to have known. I am sure that she is your constant inspiration.

  2. So sorry for your loss, you are in my thoughts and prayers!

  3. My condolences on the loss of your beautiful and talented mother. Women of that era are irreplaceable.



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