One ex­tra­or­di­nary lady

Rappahannock News - - THEATER • WASHINGTON - JAN CLAT­TER­BUCK jan@rapp­; 675-3338

Did you know that Wash­ing­ton res­i­dent El­iz­a­beth (Betty) Buntin cel­e­brated her 102th birth­day on Nov. 1, All Saints Day? A huge mile­stone in­deed. Betty cel­e­brated her mile­stone with her daugh­ter, Nancy, and friends.

She moved to Rap­pa­han­nock County in 1946 with her hus­band, W.A. Buntin, who was a state trooper. Betty taught at the high school, then be­came the direc­tor of So­cial Ser­vices, among myr­iad po­si­tions in her note­wor­thy life. They lived on Main Street and raised a daugh­ter, Nancy.

I can re­mem­ber see­ing Betty and her hus­band on Sun­day morn­ing walk­ing up Main Street on their way to Trin­ity Epis­co­pal Church. Betty took her faith se­ri­ously. Such a beau­ti­ful me­mory.

“She still reads the Wash­ing­ton Post and the Rap­pa­han­nock News,” Nancy said of her mom, and for that we are de­lighted. Con­grat­u­la­tions, Betty. I hope that ev­ery minute of your birth­day was filled with ev­er­last­ing joy, sun­shine, smiles and laugh­ter. May you have many more.


Lit­tle Wash­ing­ton cel­e­brated Hal­loween with great fan­fare as kids and fam­i­lies came to visit the town’s dec­o­rated homes and busi­nesses, and to spend time at Trin­ity Epis­co­pal Church and the Wash­ing­ton Bap­tist Church. The kids could not have asked for a bet­ter evening for trick or treat­ing.

The Trin­ity dec­o­ra­tions were nicely done again this year. I re­ally liked the big black cat. The church had hot dogs, chips, candy along with cof­fee and drinks.

Wash­ing­ton Bap­tist gave out 400 bags of candy and 75 Gideon Life Books. What a spook­tac­u­lar night for all!


Wash­ing­ton’s streets and gal­leries bus­tled with ac­tiv­ity and art lovers dur­ing the week­end’s 14th an­nual Artists Rap­pa­han­nock Stu­dio & Gallery Tour, head­quar­tered at the Wash­ing­ton School.

The hard work of plan­ning cul­mi­nated in an out­stand­ing event that show­cased not only the county’s artis­tic tal­ent, but also its cul­tural wealth and beauty in Rap­pa­han­nock.


Please join The Inn at Lit­tle Wash­ing­ton for their lun­cheon and lec­ture se­ries this Sun­day, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. The Inn wel­comes author Linda Holden for a spe­cial lec­ture and sign­ing of her new book: The Gar­dens of Bunny Mel­lon

The lec­ture will be­gin at 11 a.m. in the Lit­tle Wash­ing­ton The­atre and is free to the pub­lic. It will be im­me­di­ately fol­lowed by a book sign­ing. Books will be avail­able for pur­chase.

Af­ter the lec­ture, join the inn in their main din­ing room for a unique 5-course lunch with the author in­clud­ing wine. Lunch is by ad­vance reser­va­tion at a spe­cial all in­clu­sive rate of $165 per

and lim­ited to the first 50 guests. A reser­va­tion in­cludes guar­an­teed pre­mier seat­ing at the lec­ture.

For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion and to make reser­va­tions for lunch, call 540-675-3800.


Sym­pa­thy goes out to Su­san “Jenny” Jenk­ins’ fam­ily. Jenny, who grew up in Rap­pa­han­nock, passed away on Thurs­day, Nov. 1.

Some may re­mem­ber her hang­ing out in Bald­win’s Gro­cery, teas­ing all the cus­tomers. Jenny spent much of her time with her grand­dad, Clarence Bald­win, who owned Bald­win’s Store.

She is sur­vived by five sons, Christo­pher, John Paul, Ben­jamin Eli­jah and Gabriel; four grand­kids, one sis­ter, Jamie Lacey. She is the daugh­ter of the late Don­ald Jenk­ins Sr., and Su­san Bald­win.


Lily, the Uni­corn and her sis­ter, Sara, the Pen­guin, en­joy­ing the Hal­loween night in Wash­ing­ton at Trin­ity Epis­co­pal Church. They are the twin daugh­ters of Linda and Richie Bald­win.

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