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 Celia Latimer Ochs

Celia Latimer Ochs

Death 2007 (aged 79–80)
Burial Ivy, Albemarle County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 111814611 · View Source
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Celia Stratford Latimer Ochs, 80, long active in civic and religious affairs, died Thursday, May 10, 2007, of cancer in Charlottesville.

Born April 13, 1927, in Cleveland, Ohio, she was the daughter of Erwin David Latimer and Celia Stratford Latimer.

She is survived by her husband, Martin Shelby Ochs of Charlottesville; three daughters, Patricia Ochs of Maisons Laffitte, France, Celia Martin Ochs of Alexandria, Virginia, and Shelby Ochs Owen of Staunton, Virginia; two sonsin-law, Brian Gould Manning and Stephen Frazier Owen; seven grandchildren, Madeline Shelby and Lillian Margaret Manning, Celia Claire and Molly Kirkpatrick McNabb, Graham Martin, and Emily Latimer and Samuel Frazier Owen; a sister, Mrs. Graham Latimer Grund of Cleveland, Ohio; and two brothers, Erwin David Latimer of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, and John Stratford Latimer of Waite Hill, Ohio.

Mrs. Ochs was a graduate of Laurel School of Cleveland and Briarcliff College of New York.

While on an extended visit to France, she renewed acquaintance with Martin Ochs, who was working as a correspondent for The New York Times. 18 months later, they married in Cleveland. They moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee, where her husband became editor of The Chattanooga Times for 17 of the 25 years he worked for the paper. They loved to travel and often took working vacations. Their children saw five capitals of the world before they saw Washington D.C.

She participated in many organizations, notably the Chattanooga Art Association. During her presidency, the gallery was opened for the first time to all visitors regardless of race. She cochaired the first Allied Arts Festival, was a member of the Lookout Mountain School Board, helped start the Youth Arts Fair and the Junior League Gifted Child Program and was active on the Guidance (psychiatric) Board and the Juvenile Court Commission. She was also a former president of the St. Paul's Episcopal Church Women of Chattanooga.

They moved to Charlottesville in 1971, where she was president of the Contemporary Club and the Rivanna Garden Club, served on the board of the Bayly Art Museum and was twice on the vestry of St. Paul's of Ivy. She had a zest for life, a wry wit, a deep faith and a great capacity to give to and inspire.

The funeral will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 15, 2007, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Ivy.

Contributions may be made to St. Paul's of Ivy; St. Paul's Church of Chattanooga, Tennessee; the Acquistion Fund of the Hunter Museum of American Art of Chattanooga; Episcopal Relief and Development of New York; or to the Hospice of the Piedmont.

Published in the Daily Progress from May 12 to May 13, 2007

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