Mary Louise Briscoe

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  • "On Mother – A Graceful Lady Many years she has seen go by,..."
    - Philip Briscoe VI
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BRISCOE, MARY LOUISE ASBURY, 92, a long-time resident of Annapolis, Maryland, died of natural causes at Canterbury Court Episcopal Residence in Atlanta, Georgia, on Oct 29th, 2013. Mrs. Briscoe was born in the Old Garfield Hospital in Washington, D.C., on February 16th, 1921, to Dorsey Frost and Mary Gooch Long Asbury. She graduated Valedictorian at the age of sixteen from Prince Frederick High School in Calvert County, Maryland. She earned a full merit scholarship and graduated from Western Maryland College with a bachelor's degree in English Education. She also earned minor degrees in History, Dramatics, and Economics. She married Philip Briscoe V, M.D., on May 23rd, 1942. They were married for fifty-five wonderful years until Dr. Briscoe's death in October of 1997. She excelled in interior and exterior architectural design, genealogical investigation, gardening, and historical research. She was a charter member of the Garden Club of Old Annapolis Towne and initiated the annual May Day Basket competition, an event which continues to this day. She was an active member of many historical associations and was keenly interested in historic preservation. She contributed greatly in this field while serving many years as the Maryland Regent on the Board of Regents of Gunston Hall. She was also a member of The Society of Genealogists, The Maryland Historical Society, The National Society of Colonial Dames of America, United Daughters of the Confederacy, The William Claiborne Society of Virginia, The Junior League of Baltimore, and The National Huguenot Society. Mrs. Briscoe worked as a secretary in New York City, an interior design consultant and a genealogist in Annapolis, and as a teacher in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. She and Philip raised three children: Diane-Frost Asbury Briscoe, Jeanne Clare Briscoe Baum, and Philip Briscoe VI. She is survived by her elder brother Frost, three children, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to her beloved Gunston Hall: Gunston Hall, 10709 Gunston Road, Lorton, Virginia 22079. A private funeral service was held on December 14th, 2013, at All Saints Episcopal Church in Sunderland, Maryland. Reverend Kenneth Phelps officiated.
Published in The Capital on Dec. 22, 2013