MaryAnn <I>Griffith</I> Kephart

MaryAnn Griffith Kephart

Silver Spring, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Death 29 May 2009 (aged 88)
Poolesville, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Burial Beallsville, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Plot Row M, Lot 1, Site 2
Memorial ID 37694603 · View Source
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- Howard Griffith [1878-1942]
- Elizabeth (Perry) Griffith [1879-1959]

Married George Overton Kephart.

- George Overton Kephart, Jr.
- Elizabeth Perry Kephart Kapsch
- Ann-Frazer Kephart Brown

Mrs. MaryAnn Griffith Kephart of Poolesville, MD departed this life on May 29, 2009. Beloved wife for 67 years of George Overton Kephart, loving mother of George O. Kephart, Jr., Elizabeth Perry Kapsch and Ann-Frazer Brown all of Poolesville, devoted grandmother of Sarah Frazer Prestemon, Simon Alexander Brown and Amanda Greenberry Brown, she is also survived by her devoted brother William B. Griffith and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Born to Elizabeth Perry Griffith and Howard Griffith on Jan. 15, 1921, in Silver Spring, she was the youngest of eight children.

She graduated in 1942 from University of Maryland, where she was secretary of the Student Government Association and a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma.

She had lived since 1956 at Chiswell's Inheritance, Poolesville. She was a founder of Historic Medley District Inc., past regent of the Erasmus Perry Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a member of Colonial Dames of America, St. Peter's Parish, Washington National Cathedral Altar Guild and Monocacy Garden Club.

Washington Post Obituary - June 14, 2009

Mary Ann Kephart, 88, who led historic preservation efforts in Poolesville and upper Montgomery County and who lived in an 18th-century farmhouse built by her ancestors, died May 29 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville of complications from a fall.

In 1956, Mrs. Kephart and her husband, a Foreign Service officer, bought an aging brick house and 135-acre property in Poolesville called Chiswell's Inheritance. She was a descendant of Steven Newton Chiswell and his son, Joseph Newton Chiswell, who built the house over a period of 40 years, completing it in 1796.

As a girl growing up in Silver Spring, Mrs. Kephart had taken part in dramatic presentations at the house, depicting its history and legends. Years later, she and her husband restored the drafty old building, installing a new kitchen and a central heating system. Cattle grazed in the surrounding pasture.

"At first I didn't even like it, regardless of my family's history here," Mrs. Kephart told The Washington Post in 1996, during a celebration of the house's bicentennial. "In fact, I hated it. But I said we'd fix it up, and we did. We just muddled along fixing and repairing and renovating whatever needed it."

When Mrs. Kephart returned to Montgomery in 1972 after living in Belgium for four years, she was dismayed to learn that many of the old farmsteads she had known since childhood had been demolished to make way for housing developments. Inspired by the respect for history she had seen in Europe, she helped establish two groups to preserve the county's traditional character, the Historic Medley District and Montgomery Preservation.

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  • Created by: Robert P. Higdon, Jr.
  • Added: 29 May 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 37694603
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for MaryAnn Griffith Kephart (15 Jan 1921–29 May 2009), Find a Grave Memorial no. 37694603, citing Monocacy Cemetery, Beallsville, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Robert P. Higdon, Jr. (contributor 46854617) .