Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Honoring "Miss Jennie" - Virginia Randolph Ellett


St. Catherine's Students Honor School Founder

4/14/2008
Middle School student leaders continued the tradition of visiting the gravesite of the school’s founder and first headmistress, Virginia Randolph Ellett.


Middle School student leaders continued the tradition of visiting the gravesite of the school’s founder and first headmistress, Virginia Randolph Ellett (1857-1939), with Head of School Laura Erickson, Chaplain Peter Carey and other school faculty and staff. In a intimate ceremony honoring Miss Jennie’s life, service and vision, Director of Library Services Howard Pugh told the girls, "You are, essentially, Miss Jennie's 'daughters': the students and alumnae of St. Catherine's School." The girls learned about the history of the burial site in Richmond’s Hollywood Cemetery and placed flowers at Miss Jennie’s gravestone.

The Richmond Alumnae Board maintains the site, making one or more group visits each year to clean up, spread mulch and plant flowers. Members take turns throughout the year watering and tending to the site.



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