Memorial service for Georgie Stapleton, 73, who was instrumental in saving Cheshire Hunt country.
- March 29, 2017
- By SARA CAVANAGH
WEST CHESTER, Pa.-An overflow crowd attended the memorial service for Georgianna Hannum Stapleton at the Church of the Loving Shepherd in West Chester on Saturday, Feb. 25. She had died of cancer on Jan. 17 at the age of 73.
Luckily, it was a lovely, warm day, because a dozen rows of chairs had to be set up outside the doors of the church to accommodate the large number of people, and even so, there were more people standing five of six deep outside another door.
The sun stayed out for the whole service, although a heavy rainstorm hit just as the reception, held at the Wilmington Club in Wilmington, Del., began.
A large crowd was also in attendance at the reception, which included the Club’s traditionally delicious hors d’oeuvres served in the large reception room.
Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhounds moved the time of its meet to 8 a.m., to accommodate the memorial service, which began at 2 p.m.
“My mother had a life long love of the countryside,” said Jeb Hannum.
Along with her, at that time, mother-in-law, Mrs. John B. Hannum, MFH of Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhounds, Stapleton fought for conservation of the hunt’s land, resulting in zoning laws restricting properties to 50 acres or more that could not be subdivided.
“In 1976, my mother started her company, Country Properties, that had the unique mission of conserving the countryside,” said Hannum. “She was a great business person. I worked for her twice, and I learned so much from her.”