Mildred Leith Shackleford Pope
Published in The Augusta Chronicle on October 21, 2012

EVANS, Ga. - Mildred Leith Shackleford Pope, born in Vienna, VA, Sept. 24, 1916
entered into rest on Wednesday, October 17 at her residence.

A life long resident of Virginia until her move to Evans, Georgia in 2009, she graduated
Western High School (1934) in Washington, DC. She attended the Washington
College of Music, George Washington University, and the Peabody Conservatory where
she won a scholarship.

For fifty years, she was active in the Washington, DC and Virginia music circles as a
pianist and a teacher. She volunteered as a Red Cross Gray Lady, playing the piano in
Army hospitals during World War II.

In Falls Church, VA, her home for 60 years, she was on the Historical Commission for 10
years and was one of the founders and first president of the Friends of Historic Cherry
Hill Foundation. Her interests in history and gardening also extended her volunteer
activities to the Smithsonian Institute during a Victorian Garden exhibit. A gardener her
entire life, her garden was included in the 2007 Virginia State Historic House and
Garden Tour.She was a member of the N. Va. Antique Arts Association and the
Victorian Society.

Preceded in death by her husband, John Macauley Pope, and her son, John Macauley
Pope, Jr. in 1997, she is survived by her daughter, Jane Pope Rigot and husband, Bill,
Martinez, Ga; son, James Quintard Pope and wife Renee, Arlington, VA; grandchildren
Kathleen Leith Rigot, Denver, CO; Sarah Elizabeth Rigot, Arlington, VA; and William
Taylor Rigot and his wife Erin of Greenville, SC.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 11AM at Reid Memorial
Presbyterian Church, Augusta, GA.

Interment will be at Flint Hill Cemetery in Oakton, VA on Nov. 5.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church,

Please sign the guestbook and send condolences at

Platts Funeral Home, 337 North Belair.