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Grace Butler Waring Putney, age 91, passed away at her home in Farmville on Monday, October 11. She was the widow of Samuel Waverly Putney Jr. and the daughter of the late Lucie Butler and Dabney Taliaferro Waring.
Mrs. Putney is survived by one sister and two brothers: Lucie Hughes and husband, Andrew of Orange City, FL. and Dabney T.Waring Jr. and wife, Jennifer, of Charlottesville and William Lowry Waring and his wife, Marilyn, of Zephyrhills, FL.
She is also survived by her four children, their spouses, nine grandchildren: daughter, Grace Lee and Dr. Berkeley Pemberton of Staunton and their children, Rosalie Vaughan Fessier and husband, Michael, and Dr. Mary Lee McDavid and husband, Fred; her son, Samuel W. Putney III and wife, Barbara of Roanoke and their son Russell Waverly and his wife, Christina; daughter, Lucie Meriwether and Joseph Zehner of Farmville and their children, Dr. Robert Waverly Zehner and wife, Kristine, Anne Meriwether Zehner and Michael Dabney Zehner; and son, William Waring Putney and wife, Linda of Farmville and their daughters, Katherine Waring Wright and husband, Daniel, and Ellen Elizabeth and Linda Carol Putney. She also rejoiced in the birth of each of her seven great grand-children.
Mrs. Putney was a long time member and former Deacon at the Farmville Presbyterian Church. At the time of her death she was a member of College Presbyterian Church at Hampden-Sydney.
She worked many years with her husband in the family business in Farmville and was actively involved in many civic and cultural organizations. She was a member of the Judith Randolph Longwood Chapter of the D.A.R., the Farmville Womans Club and the Nora Lancaster Garden Club. She sang with and was a benefactor to the Commonwealth Chorale. She was honored by the Central Virginia Arts Council for her service. She was a member of the Class of 1940 at Farmville State Teachers College (Longwood University) and actively supported the school.
The family would like to thank the staff at Brookview Lodge as well her personal care givers for their compassionate care.
Puckett Funeral Home in Farmville is in charge of arrangements. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday evening from 7 to 9. Internment will be at 9:30 Thursday morning in Westview Cemetery, followed by a memorial service at 10:30 at College Church.
The family requests that memorials can be made to the following: The National D-Day Memorial Foundation in Bedford, the Samuel and Annie V. Putney Scholarship at Longwood University, the Commonwealth Chorale in Farmville or College Presbyterian Church.
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