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Elizabeth Louise “Bessie” Proffitt, 79, of Cape Coral, Fla., died peacefully Jan. 16, 2013, surrounded by family in Cape Coral.

She was a longtime resident of Beltsville and North Charleston, S.C., before moving to Florida in 2009.

Born Dec. 28, 1933, in Mechanicsville, she was the daughter of the late Leonard B. and Mary (Tippett) Alvey. She was the mother of Winnie Nicholls, Wanda Talbott (Scott) of Maryland, Brenda “Jewell” Emer (Ray) of Florida, April Chenevert (Kevin) of Maryland, Jerome B. Grabis of Maryland, Deborah Digise of Georgia and Michael Proffitt of Pennsylania. She was preceded in death by her son, William “Willie” Padgett. She was the grandmother of Scotty Talbott II of Maryland, Christina Talbott of Maryland, Travis Talbott of Maryland, Angela Emer of Florida, Hunter Emer of Florida, Jason Chenevert of Indiana, Anthony Digise of Georgia and Jennifer Hulett of Utah. She is also survived by great-grandchildren. She was sister to James Alvey of Maryland, John Alvey of North Carolina, Hazel Summers of Virginia, Lee Alvey of Tennessee, Robert Alvey of Maryland, Joseph “Larry” Alvey of Maryland, Wayne Alvey of Maryland, Linda Summers of Maryland, the late Irene Strickland, Helen Stoneman and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was a homemaker. She could see the beauty in anything she touched. An avid gardener with an extraordinary green thumb, she enjoyed tending and watching her flowers and plants grow and bloom. Lavender was her favorite color. She enjoyed collecting knick knacks and glass trinkets. She enjoyed books and while working at her daughter’s bookstore met and developed lasting friendships. She will be remembered as a beautiful, thoughtful and compassionate lady.

The family received friends Feb. 17 at Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home in Leonardtown.