MARY GREEN MOORE, (Mrs. George C.),
NSDAC Number 32273. (1895-1999)
Her niece Nancy Trout relates that she was affectionately known as “Aunt Tommie.” Her boundless energy was used for the good of anyone she felt she could help. Aunt Tommie’s ancestry was a great interest to her. It was one of her favorite topics when family came to call because she considered it important for everyone to have knowledge of his or her background.
Membership in the Fort Henry Chapter of Virginia State Society, Daughters of the American Colonists was a great source of pride to this Daughter. Patriotism and knowledge of the process of governmental legislature were ideals she wanted for everyone. At the ripe old age of 98 Aunt Tommie accompanied a tour group to Richmond and insisted that everyone must go to the capitol and view the legislatures at work. After that she said they must walk up the stairs and see the statue of George Washington. No one dared to tell her those steps were too much for them because of her agility dependant upon the help of her walking cane.
Carla Odom, Honorary Regent of Fort Henry DAC Chapter recalls Aunt Tommie as a multi talented lady. She wrote stories and painted lovely oil landscapes. In her mid-nineties she sewed and hung the draperies, made the cornice boards and covered them for the parlor and dinning room on the first floor of the Louise Hines DAR Chapter House in Petersburg. She also restored a large mahogany buffet in the dinning room. She was in Carla’s DAC, UDC, and DAR chapters as was her deceased sister Mary Thweatt and her niece Nancy Trout who survives.
MARY McCAA DEAL, (Mrs. Joseph D.)
NSDAC Number 4822. (1897-1999)
All who knew Mary Deal loved her. Honorary State Regents Georgia Holder, Caroline Gordon, and Eva Bryan related the following information they remembered about her. Mary was born in Florida although both her parents were from old Virginia families. Her father’s people, the McCaa’s, came from Scotland in the middle of the 18th century and settled in Amherst County. Her mother’s people, the Campbell’s came to Virginia about the same time and settled in Louisa County.
Mary’s Mother died when she was ten years old. Her Father was a traveling auditor for the railroad, therefore, he was unable to stay at home to raise her and her younger sister, Nellie. Her Great Aunt Alice Campbell Thomson reared them along with her own daughter in Norfolk. Mary was an outstanding history teacher for many years in private and public schools in Norfolk and Virginia Beach area. She and her husband had one son.
This loyal Daughter was also a member of the Great Bridge Chapter, NSDAR. She served two terms as Regent in the 1930’s. She was also active in the National Society Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
When this centenarian was still a bubbly, vivacious, energetic young lady she kept telling Honorary State Regent Caroline Gordon that the Friendly Society, the DAC, was her favorite society. She was Honorary State Regent, National Chaplain and Organizing Secretary, National Chairman for Yorktown Day Association, and she served as national chairman for the Cape Henry Commemoration for 15 plus years.
NSDAC National Treasurer Georgia Holder recalls the day she took her seven-month-old son Chad to the State assembly and him lying on the floor at the end of the table. Mary Deal almost stepped on him. Also when this Daughter spoke at the National Assembly the Pages had to secure a stool so she could see over the podium.
ANNE EVANS GRIFFIN McCOY, (Mrs. Charles H.)
NSDAC Number 29543. (1899–2001)
Honorary State Regent Caroline Gordon,
who was her secretary, chauffeur, and good friend for
ten years, shared this information in remembrance of
Virginia DAC’s third centenarian had an incredible inner strength, supported by a soundly rooted Christian faith. She was an active leader in the Women’s Auxiliary of the Episcopal Church for 45 years.
Her club work reached perhaps its highest achievements in the service provided to the Lochhaven Garden Club from 1944 to 1980. Under her guidance this group worked closely with Mr. Fred Heuelle, Director of Norfolk’s famous Botanical Gardens. Mrs. McCoy and her club helped to establish the botanical library. Students of landscape architecture use the library extensively. With the aid of Margaret Nelson and Virginia Pollock she was able to secure the marble sculpture “Madonna and Child” by an Italian sculpture that was added to the other handsome marble statues in the Botanical Gardens’ green and white sculpture garden.
While Anne was President of the
Lawrence T. Royster Circle of the Kings Daughters
Children’s Hospital, a monthly program was initiated to learn more about the
operation of the hospital. The
This centenarian was a charter member of the Women’s Navy League. For nearly 50 years this group worked to draw the civilian business world and the US Navy closer together so that both could coordinate their efforts for the betterment of Norfolk.
Mrs. McCoy held many offices in the Great Bridge Chapter, NSDAR. She was instrumental in having the history of the chapter rewritten and updated by fellow member Mrs. Joseph Deal. While President of the Tidewater DAR Regents’ Club Anne participated in a spectacular event. Judge Richard Kellam moved his court for one day only to the USS Guam. The ship was docked at a Norfolk Navel Station pier. On board ship a Naturalization service was held with the Great Bridge Chapter, NSDAR and the US Immigration Services participating.
Anne Evans Griffin McCoy was an original
member of The Norfolk Mace Chapter that was organized
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