‘To know her is to be blessed’: Community mourns death of Betty Woolard

Published 3:15 pm Monday, February 28, 2022

Betty Woolard, the beloved Washington Quick Lube receptionist who worked there since it opened in 1993, died Saturday. She was 85.

Woolard was born and raised in Washingon. She worked at Moss Planning Mill for 40 years before coming to Washington Quick Lube, which was then owned by Bill Litchfield. Woolard stayed when Litchfield sold the business to Hank Van Dorp in 2020.

Woolard’s friendly demeanor made her a favorite among customers.

“I do enjoy people,” Woolard said in an interview in 2021. “I’m just not a by-myself person.

“I just love everybody and everybody is so nice,” Woolard added. “Everybody just treats me so wonderfully. Customers bring me gifts, I got two yesterday.”

Washington Quick Lube’s Facebook post announcing Woolard’s death garnered hundreds of reactions.

“Ms. Betty will be missed by all of us at our office,” a Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office post reads. “Deputies would take their patrol cars to be serviced at Washington Quick Lube.  Ms. Betty would always greet us with a smile and was a joy to be around.  Please keep her family in your prayers.”

I have been going to Quick Washington Quick Lube for (many) decades,” Cheri Styons commented.  “I work nights as a correctional officer and I would usually get my oil changed first thing in the morning, right from work. It was always comforting to see Ms. Betty. Her voice was always calming and kind. With a job like mine, it was always very appreciated. That lady will be missed.”

“I always looked forward to seeing her. She was the best. Cheerful, efficient, wonderful person. She will be missed by many,” Lisa Frymier Hodges said.

“To know her is to be blessed,” Michelle Doering Spinner commented.  “My visits there will never be the same. It was a joy to walk in and be greeted by her, she always wanted to see my 4 girls too! I hope you are rejoicing now with our Father!!