Anne Bassett Stanley Chatham, widow of the late Hugh Hill Chatham, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, in her home on Jupiter Island, in Hobe Sound, Florida. She was 92. She was the daughter of the late Virginia Governor, Thomas Bahnson Stanley and his wife, Anne Pocahontas Bassett Stanley.
Mrs. Chatham was born in 1920 in Bassett, Virginia. She graduated from St. Catherine's School in Richmond, Virginia and pursued horticultural and interior design studies independently through the course of her life.
Mrs. Chatham had a profound, life-long interest in horticulture, and for many years, people from afar would enjoy walking through her elaborate gardens in her Stanleytown, Virginia, Pebble Beach, California, and Jupiter Island, Florida homes. She was a member and past president of The Bassett Garden Club in Bassett, Virginia; a Master Judge Emeritus for the National Council of State Garden Clubs; a Member of the Garden Study Club of Martinsville, Virginia. She was also an honorary member of The Carmel-By-The-Sea Garden Club, in Carmel, California, which established the Anne Bassett Stanley Chatham Award for Horticulture.
She was a member of The Jupiter Island Garden Club of The Garden Club of America in Hobe Sound, Florida, where she received the Lady Ramsey Award and The Catherine Beattie Award for Horticulture. She was also an accredited judge of The Garden Club of America and served as Advisor to The Horticulture Committee of The Garden Club of America from 1986 to 1995. She received the Zone VIII Horticulture Award in 1988 from The Garden Club of America, and served on the Scholarship Committee from 1996 to 1998. She served on the Board of Directors for The Garden Club of America from 1998-2000. She was also a member of The Horticulture Society of South Florida.
Mrs. Chatham was keenly aware of the global tragedy of the dwindling rainforests and the eventual extinction of the medicinal botanical treasures that lie within. To encourage scholars to further their studies in horticulture and botany in this regard, Mrs. Chatham established The Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany to enable study on the PhD level for endangered species plants that may preserve and/or save lives. She served on The Council of The Center for Plant Conservation at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, Missouri, which propagates and shelters endangered species of plants and reintroduces them into appropriate areas.
Mrs. Chatham was a past Junior Warden of Christ Memorial Chapel on Jupiter Island. She also served as Counselor of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Association for the Stratford Great House in Stratford, Virginia (the ancestral home of the Lees of Virginia and the birthplace of Robert E. Lee).
A devoted Virginia native, Mrs. Chatham was a member of The National Society; Daughters of the American Revolution; The National Society of Colonial Dames of America; and the United Daughters of The Confederacy. She was the past president of The Bassett Public Library in Bassett, Virginia and supporter of her local genealogical library in Bassett. Genealogy was an important part of Mrs. Chatham’s life’s work, and she authored Tidewater Families of the New World and Their Westward Migrations, which is a study of the Stanley, Bassett, Hundley, Hairston, Chatham, Armfield, and collateral families of Virginia and North Carolina.
Mrs. Chatham possessed a keen interest in interior design, and at the age of 70 earned her certification as a member of the American Society of Interior Designers. She was a former Director of the Stanley Furniture Company, and a Director of the hotel management company, Chatmar, Inc., in Monterey, California.
Mrs. Chatham is survived by three of her four sons: Hugh Hill Chatham Jr., Richard Stanley Chatham, and Robert Bahnson Chatham. She is predeceased by her son, David Crockett Chatham, who passed away in 2006. She is also survived by ten grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. As devoted matriarch of the family for many years she will be missed and remembered lovingly for her strength, vision, vivacity and love of her family.
The Chatham family will be forever grateful to the exceptional team of compassionate caregivers who tended to Mrs. Chatham in recent years.
Funeral services will take place on February 1, 2013 at 4:00 P.M. at Christ Memorial Chapel on Jupiter Island. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mrs. Chatham’s memory to your local Alzheimer’s Association.
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