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 from 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, Augusta.