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Obituaries » Mary B. “Polly” Peters

Mary Beaumont “Polly” Peters, 84, of Richmond and formerly of The Plains, died April 12, 2013, at Manor Care in Richmond.

She was born Feb. 19, 1929, in Richmond, a daughter of the late Rev. Harold B.W. Peters and Dorothy Durrette Peters.

Ms. Peters studied at St. Margaret’s School in Tappahannock and graduated from Marshall High School. She attended Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg for two years.

At age 17, she suffered debilitating injuries as a passenger in an automobile accident. Despite those challenges, she led an interesting, productive life. Her parents in 1964 retired to Tenby Cottage, their small Spotyslvania County farm. There, she gardened, tended chickens, painted and help care for her parents as they aged.

Her father served as rector of Grace Episcopal Church in The Plains, Emmanuel Episcopal in Delaplane and Trinity Episcopal in Marshall from 1945 to 1964. Her mother, who died in 1980, taught home economics at Marshall High School.

After her father’s death in 1986, Ms. Peters moved to an apartment at Imperial Plaza in Richmond.

Survivors include a sister, Gayle P. Emerson and husband Keith of Luray; a particularly devoted nephew, Philip G. Emerson and wife Beth of Williamsburg; other nephews and nieces, Lawrence K. Emerson and wife Ellen of Warrenton; Barton P. Peters and wife Karen of Richmond, Susan Miller of Richmond and Mary P. Hunton and husband Eppa IV of Richmond, and nine great nephews and great nieces.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Dr. Philip B. Peters, Peyton P. Peters and Michael C. Peters.

The Very Rev. Jeffrey A. Packard conducted a graveside service Sunday, April 21, at Christ Episcopal Church at Spotsylvania Courthouse.

The family wishes to express its deep appreciation to the staff of Manor Care, where Ms. Peters received extraordinary care in the latter stages of her life.
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