WEEMS—On December 29, 2018, Anne Robinson Davis died unexpectedly yet peacefully at home in Weems, at the age of 80.
Born on June 15, 1938, to Maude and Paul Robinson, Anne lived in Decatur, Ala., and married Solon Edward Davis III on February 28, 1959, in the Appleton Chapel on the grounds of Harvard University.
Graduating from Wellesley College in 1960, Anne worked as an elementary school teacher in Richmond. Anne then returned to school and completed a master’s and doctorate at The University of Maryland-College Park.
Anne worked for a number of years formulating health care policy for the state of New Jersey.
In 2004, Anne retired to the Northern Neck and settled into an active life full of friends, family and fellowship. Anne enjoyed sailing, watching the annual osprey nesting, playing tennis and pickleball, and participating in four book clubs. She also was very active at the Grace Episcopal Church in Kilmarnock, Reedville Fishermen’s Museum, Lancaster Community Library, Historic Christ Church and Northern Neck-Middlesex Free Health Clinic.
A life-long lover of research, Anne published exhaustive studies on menhaden fishing on the Chesapeake Bay and Colonial medicine.
Anne is survived by her husband of nearly 60 years, Ed, of Weems; and her sister, Paula Robinson Spraker of Richmond. Anne is also survived by her three children: Solon Edward Davis IV and his wife, Michele LaRocca, of Tilghman Island, Md., Michael Stuart Davis and his wife, Marjorie Goon Davis, of McLean, and Anne Meredith Lamberton and her husband, Harry Clabaugh Lamberton III, of Houston, Texas and Chicago, Ill.
Anne loved her five grandchildren, Tyler and Jade Davis and Clay, Davis and Mason Lamberton. Anne is also survived by her nephews, David, his wife, Ann Doyle Spraker and two children, Dabney and Mary Katherine and Stephen, his wife, Kelly Dalch Spraker, and two children, Charlie and Talbot, who all reside in Richmond.
Anne was also loved by Brenda Thier Evans and Eric William Thier, who were comforted by the Davis family after the loss of their parents.
Anne had a quiet way about her – and hated for anyone to make a fuss over her. Her quiet energy was profound—and she will be greatly missed by her family, friends and Northern Neck community.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 4, at Grace Episcopal Church, 303 South Main Street, Kilmarnock. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions in the name of Anne Robinson Davis to the Northern Neck-Middlesex Free Health Clinic, 51 William B. Graham Court, Kilmarnock, VA 22482 (www.nnmfhc.org).