Marie Stapleton Claude died on Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, at Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge.
She was born on Nov. 25, 1921, in Conway, where she graduated from Hendrix College in 1943, and later that year was married to Inis L. Claude Jr., then a member of the U.S. Army. They lived briefly in McAlester, Okla., and in Olympia, Wash., before he was sent overseas. For the rest of World War II, she worked in Pine Bluff and Conway.
In 1946, she and Inis moved to Cambridge, Mass., where she worked at Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology while he attended graduate school.
Thereafter, they lived in Newark, Del., Ann Arbor, Mich., and, since 1968, Charlottesville, Va. They also spent a year each in Massapequa, N.Y.; The Hague, The Netherlands; and Aberystwyth, Wales; and six-months in Jerusalem, Israel. They enjoyed travel to many parts of the world.
In addition to her husband of 67 years, her survivors are two daughters, Susan Bullock of Kilmarnock, Va., and Cathy Dalton of Charlottesville, Va.; one son, Robert Claude of Oviedo, Fla.; three grandchildren, Rachelle Jefferson of Martinsburg, W. Va., Ryan Claude, of Oviedo, Fla., and Megan Perry of Charlottesville, Va.; and one great-grandson, Kenneth Jefferson of Martinsburg, W. Va.
Marie was an avid knitter, reader and gardener. With her husband, she enjoyed hikes in Scotland, Wales, England, Ireland, Switzerland and France. They were also members of a senior center hiking group that hiked weekly for 20 years on the Appalachian Trail and other trails in the Blue Ridge Mountains, concentrating on wild flowers.
She was deeply grateful to Dr. Gordon Morris and the staff of the Cancer Center of Martha Jefferson Hospital for their compassionate care over several years, and to Dr. Robert Ooghe and his staff for many years of friendly medical care.
The family suggests that memorial gifts may be made to the Westminster Canterbury Foundation at 250 Pantops Mountain Road, Charlottesville, VA 22911.