Kathryn Taylor Chamberlin, a resident of Meadow Glen in Leesburg who recently celebrated her 100th birthday, died July 14th 2016. Kathryn was born in Philadelphia on May 6th 1916. After her father was killed in an industrial accident and her mother died in the 1918 influenza epidemic, she was adopted by Kirby Wade and Rae Taylor of McLean, Virginia.
She attended elementary school in McLean before graduating from Western High School in Washington D.C. in 1935. She then attended a women’s Bible college in South Carolina before beginning to work as a secretary for the U.S. Treasury Department. Kathryn would meet Edward M. Chamberlin, Jr. of Waterford, Virginia, in 1940 through the Smoot family of McLean, the last operators of the Waterford Mill. After courtship, Edward and Kathryn were married in July 1941 and moved into Cresswell, a converted stable behind his family home at Greystone. That fall they established and ran the Camelot School in Waterford before the war and the birth of their only child forced it to close the following summer.
Kathryn and her husband were active in the early years of the Waterford Foundation, both serving on the board of directors and in the manufacture and demonstration of crafts. She belonged to the Waterford Chorus and the Waterford Players. She enjoyed quilting and was a member of the Waterford Quilters demonstrating at the annual fair for many years. In 1951 the family moved to “Shannondale” where Kathryn helped her husband run the farm outside Hillsboro and continued to manage it after her husband died in 1977. In addition to a lifelong interest in gardening and farming, she was an enthusiastic volunteer for numerous community and historic organizations. She was a founding member and past president of the Women’s Club of Loudoun as well as many other groups: Loudoun Garden, Garden Study, Home Interest and Sesame clubs. She served as a docent at several historic homes including Oatlands and Morven Park. During her husband’s lifetime she was an active member of St. James Episcopal Church in Leesburg and later joined the Hillsboro United Methodist Church.
Kathryn is survived by her son, Taylor M. Chamberlin and wife Cordelia of Hillsboro; grandchildren Anna Christina Chamberlin and husband Christopher King of Washington, D.C.; Vera Banks and husband Reuben Banks of Las Vegas; Edward Chamberlin of Nantucket; Ryan Garms and wife Kathleen Garms of Boston; great-grandchildren: Gustavo and Luiza Chamberlin-King; Sebastian Banks, Calista and Emma Garms.
The funeral will be held at the Hillsboro United Methodist Church at 10 AM on Friday July 22nd. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Waterford Foundation (waterfordfoundation.org), the Hillsboro Friends of the Old Stone School (oldstoneschool.org), and the Hillsboro United Methodist Church (hillsborovaumc.weebly.com). Arrangements by Hall Funeral Home, Purcellville, VA. Please visit www.hallfh.com to express online condolences to the family.