VIRGINIA DIVISION MARKS FLORA STUART'S GRAVE
On September 11, a day marked by brilliant sunshine and a faint breeze blowing in off the James River, Virginia Daughters gathered in Richmond's Hollywood Cemetery to place a UDC member insignia marker on the grave of Flora Cooke Stuart, the wife of Confederate General James Ewell Brown Stuart.
Mrs. John H. Gum, President of Virginia Division UDC, presided over the ceremony, which was also attended by Colonel J.E.B. Stuart IV (USA Ret.), great-grandson of General Stuart; his son John Alexander Stuart; and Reverend J. Kevin Fox, headmaster of Stuart Hall, where Mrs. Stuart once served as headmistress.
Colonel Stuart spoke briefly about his great-grandmother, recounting several anecdotes about her from Stuart family history and thanking the UDC for honoring her for her many accomplishments. Reverend Fox followed Colonel Stuart and spoke about Mrs. Stuart's tenure at the school that now bears her name. He characterized her as a committed educator under whose leadership the school increased both its enrollment and its physical plant.
Mrs. Fitzgerald and Mrs. Gum dedicate the marker as Mrs. Lee unveils the stone
The bronze member marker was then unveiled by Mrs. Gum; Mrs. Frances B. Fitzgerald, Honorary President of General (a position held by Mrs. Stuart during her lifetime); Mrs. Freeman G. Lee, President of J.E.B. Stuart Chapter #156; and Mrs. Francis J. Latham of General Stuart Chapter #2195.
Floral tributes were then presented by Mrs. Gum on behalf of Virginia Division; Miss Katie Props, President of Virginia Division Children of the Confederacy; Mrs. Lee; and Mrs. Rick Saunders, President of General Stuart Chapter.
ABOVE: Colonel J.E.B. Stuart IV. RIGHT: Reverend J. Kevin Fox
Virginia Division CofC President Katie Props, Editor Sarah Huffer, Third Vice President Jennifer Props, Chaplain Dylan Lee, and Vice President Katie Fraser with John Alexander Stuart and J.E.B. Stuart IV.
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