Of Irvington, Lancaster County, Virginia, died Friday, November 9, 2012.
She was born July 4, 1932, the only child of Augustin Bede Walmsley and Theresa Buscaglia Walmsley. Mrs. Wellford attended and graduated from St. Catherine's School, Richmond, Virginia, and attended Sweet Briar College, Amherst County, Virginia. She married Beverley Randolph Wellford in September of 1952; and, Mr. and Mrs. Wellford resided mainly in Wilmington, Delaware until 1982. While residing in Wilmington, Mrs. Wellford was a communicant of Christ Church, Christiana Hundred and a member of the Junior League of Wilmington, the Women's Committee of the Delaware Art Museum and the Junior Board of the Delaware Hospital, Wilmington Medical Center. From 1979 to 1982, she was a member of the guiding staff of the Henry Francis duPont Winterthur Museum. Mr. and Mrs. Wellford moved to Warsaw, Richmond County, Virginia in 1982, residing at Sabine Hall until 2004. Mrs. Wellford was a communicant of St. John's Episcopal Church, Warsaw and served on the vestry. She was a member of the Garden Club of the Northern Neck and the National Society of the Colonial Dames in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mrs. Wellford served on the Board of Governors of St. Margaret's School, Tappahannock, Virginia, from 1984 until 1990. She was employed from 1990 until 2003 with the Robert E. Lee Memorial Association, Inc., Stratford Hall Plantation, from which she retired as Director of Cultural Resources. Mr. And Mrs. Wellford moved to Lancaster County, Virginia in 2004, residing first in Hills Quarter and then at Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury. While residing in Lancaster County, Mrs. Wellford was a communicant of Grace Episcopal Church, Kilmarnock and served with the following Church ministries: Lay Eucharistic Minister, Altar Guild, Women of Grace, Office Volunteer and many others. She was a dedicated volunteer and ardent supporter of the Foundation for Historic Christ Church, Inc., where she served on the Development, Marketing and Annual Meeting Committees and served as a Docent and Receptionist. At Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury, Mrs. Wellford served on the Landscaping and Christmas Decor Committees as well as serving with the RWC Annual Bazaar. Mrs. Wellford is survived by her husband, Beverley Randolph Wellford; her children, Bede Walmsley Wellford and his wife, Leigh Breidenbach, Beverley Randolph Wellford, Jr., and Ellin Wellford Grant and her husband, Michael Leigh Grant; her grandchildren, Jan Harrison Wellford and his wife, Megan McCourt Wellford, Katherine Steele Wellford Seidman and her husband, Daniel Elan Seidman, Emma Randolph Grant and Rachel Hollingsworth Wellford; and her great-grandchildren, Finn Bernard Wellford and Jacob Donald Seidman. An internment of ashes for family members will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at Historic Christ Church, Irvington, Virginia. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 17, 2012, at Grace Episcopal Church, Kilmarnock, Virginia, with a reception to follow in Grace House at the Church. Memorial contributions may be made to: Robert E. Lee Memorial Association, Inc., 483 Great House Road, Stratford, Virginia 22558, Tel: 804.493.8038, www.stratfordhall.org
; or Grace Episcopal Church, 303 South Main Street, P.O. Box 1059, Kilmarnock, Virginia, Tel: 804.435.1285, http://www.graceepiscopalkilmarnock.com
; or Foundation for Historic Christ Church, P.O. Box 24, Irvington, VA 22480, 420 Christ Church Road, Weems, VA 22576, Tel: 804.438.6855, www.christchurch1735.org