Elizabeth Grimes <I>Chapman</I> Danforth

Elizabeth Grimes Chapman Danforth

Birth
Paris, Bourbon County, Kentucky, USA
Death 10 Sep 2018 (aged 97)
Paris, Bourbon County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Clintonville, Bourbon County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 193042684 · View Source
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Elizabeth Grimes Chapman Danforth died peacefully in her sleep on Monday, September 10, 2018, at age 97. She died in the same home where she was born, having lived her entire life in a beautiful antebellum home in Paris, Kentucky, for all but 20 years (when she and her husband, Francis Jenkins Danforth, Jr., were busy raising children and chickens in rural Connecticut). Elizabeth (or “Grimes,” as she was known to most of her Kentucky relatives) moved back to her family home in 1966, where she spent the remainder of her life enjoying her family and friends.

Elizabeth was born in 1921, in the same bedroom where her mother and grandmother were born. Her father, Virgil Munday Chapman, attended the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Kentucky Law Journal and also graduated first in his class. Elizabeth’s mother, Mary Adams Talbott, was one of the first women to attend law school, also at the University of Kentucky. Virgil served as a U.S. Senator, and Elizabeth fondly recalled the days of travel and adventures in Washington, D.C.

After growing up in Paris, Elizabeth attended her parents’ alma mater, where she earned a degree in economics. She worked for the IRS and met her future husband, after living in Louisville, and they married about nine months later. She was strong and independent and had a keen intellect. She raised three sons, a daughter and many grandchildren, emphasizing those same attributes and values.  She was a best friend to so many people, because she was so accepting of others and embraced people of all religions, races, ages and beliefs. She had a boundless capacity to love and to see the good and the positive in all people. She also taught her family how to deal with hardship, when her oldest child died at age 42 with four young children. All of us in her family are so grateful that we had such an extraordinary mother and grandmother, an inspiration to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by: her husband, Francis Jenkins Danforth, Jr.; and her son, Francis Jenkins Danforth, III (Marion survives). She is survived by: children, Virgil Chapman Danforth (Jewellene), Robert Talbott Danforth (Lee-Anne Swanson) and Mary Talbott Danforth Fogler (Richard). She remained close to her daughters-in-law, Marion and Janet. She is also survived by: 14 grandchildren, Margaret Marion Danforth, Dennis Jenkins Danforth (Jennifer Goldstone), Mary Elizabeth Danforth, Francis Alexandre Danforth, Pamela Diana Danforth Hunter (Charles), Richard Stanley Fogler, Jr.(Erin), Nicholas Danforth Fogler (Madeleine), Léonie Alexandre Fogler (Darius Gutridge), Carol Bruntjen Fogler Leiting (Joshua), Robert Arden Fogler, Rebecca Chapman Fogler Winters (Dustin), Dinah Elizabeth Danforth, Emmeline Rose Sitomer Danforth and Robert Evan Danforth; and 10 great-grandchildren, Dorian Lineberger, Nora Kate Lineberger, Nataliah Folger, Norieah Fogler, Noah Hunter, Claire Hunter, Olivia Fogler, Sydney Leiting, Elizabeth Leiting and Levi Fogler.

A celebration of life and memorial service will be held 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, September15, at Saint Peter's Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be sent to St. Peters Episcopal Church, in Paris.

Source: Hinton-Turner Funeral Home website at www.hinton-turnerfuneralhome.com


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  • Created by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye
  • Added: 11 Sep 2018
  • Find a Grave Memorial 193042684
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elizabeth Grimes Chapman Danforth (10 Jul 1921–10 Sep 2018), Find a Grave Memorial no. 193042684, citing Clintonville Cemetery, Clintonville, Bourbon County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Mr. Badger Hawkeye (contributor 46542485) .