Stella “Virginia” <I>Hutcheson</I> Dabney

Stella “Virginia” Hutcheson Dabney

Anderson, Grimes County, Texas, USA
Death 18 Oct 1946 (aged 74)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Plot Sec 21, Lot 14, Space 7/8
Memorial ID 72396939 View Source
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Stella's young years were influenced by the rise of her parents' good fortunes in Texas. She was educated in the east to include Moldavia at Charlotte Court House, VA, the Augusta Female Seminary (Mary Baldwin College) & Miss Annabelle's of Philadelphia. As part of her educational experience, her father sent her on a spring/summer tour of Europe with her sister, Mildred, in 1891. Her father's protective nature towards her and his daughters in general emerged in a letter that he wrote shortly after Stella's 1895 marriage. He wrote: " I ought to be grateful at seeing her happy with the man of her choice, but to save my life, I can't help resenting the idea of giving up my daughters to any man. These were mine & now they become someone else's & I am not only jealous of it, but I resent it despite myself. I am glad to be able to help her to a comfortable home when she will no longer remain in mine. But I am far from being in love with my daughters marrying any man who lives". Despite his reservations, she went on to have a fruitful life with her husband and two children which included stays in Europe. She published several articles and authored a book in 1931 named "Two on an island, a summer idyll". Her love of gardening and working with plants that would thrive in the southwest was noted in an article she wrote in the 1932 publication: "Gardening in the Southwest-A Cycle of Continuous Bloom" p.176. As a tribute to her beloved husband, Judge Lewis M. Dabney, she helped author "Lewis Meriwether Dabney, a memoir & letters".

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