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In Memoriam: Katherine Turner Mears


November 17, 2023

Garden Club Of Virginia, Zone VII

Mrs. Benjamin W. (Katherine) Mears, Jr., GCA honorary member and past president of the Garden Club of Virginia died in October 25, 2023.  Throughout her long and energetic life, Katty served her community working in leadership positions for preservation and educational organizations. 

In addition to serving as president of the Garden Club of Eastern Shore and the Debedeavon Garden Club, she had leading roles in the Barrier Island Center, the Eastern Shore Historical Society, the Broadwater Academy, and the Eastern Shore Community College. 

Acknowledging her devotion, including her presidency, and chairing the Restoration Committee, the Garden Club of Virginia awarded her the Massie Medal for Distinguished Achievement in 2000.

With a keen eye and elegant style, Katty excelled at floral design and horticulture.  Her passion for engaging with people was evident up to the last weeks of her life.  She was an accomplished and inspiring honorary member of the GCA.


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