Laquita Anne Withrow Pimm died at Athens Regional Hospital on June 19, 2013. She was born on April 18, 1937, in Clanton, Ala., the daughter of Ralph Lewis Withrow and Eunice Hilda Holley Withrow, of Greensboro.
Laquita lived life in pursuit of learning. After graduating from Greensboro High School, she attended Mercer University and the University of Georgia
, where she was a member of Phi Mu sorority. She married Harold Streibich and moved to Memphis, Tenn., where she taught at Lausanne Collegiate School while completing a degree in education at Memphis State University. After moving to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. in 1965, she pursued a master's degree in education at Florida Atlantic University, in Boca Raton, while teaching at Pine Crest School. She became Headmistress of the Lower School at Pine Crest and enjoyed that administrative position for 12 years. When she resigned, a wing of the school was dedicated in her honor.
Desiring a return to her Georgia roots, Laquita moved to Atlanta, where she established and owned a tutorial school, The Learning Place. It was in Atlanta, through the International Educator's Group, that she met her beloved and future husband. Laquita married Brian George Stanton Pimm, of Petts Wood, Kent, England, in 1986. Thus began many happy years living abroad and enjoying extensive travels through Europe and Scandinavia. Not being idle, she taught English as a Second Language (ESL) at the American College in London.
Brian died in February of 1998, and Laquita returned to the United States and to familiar turf, in Athens. She became a professor of English at the University of Georgia. Her love of art lead to an affiliation with the Board of Directors. She was an enthusiastic docent at the Athens Museum, as well as an advisor and docent for the Steffen Thomas Museum, in Buckhead. Socially, Laquita enjoyed the University Women's Club, symphony, and Scrabble and book groups. She lived in Athens for 12 years.
Years of coronary problems led to Laquita's decision to simplify her life and return to her home town of Greensboro. She resided in the Withrow home on Bush Street until her death. She said many times that she "had come full circle." She and the family are grateful to her wonderful caregivers, Ethel Craig, Essie Brown, Mable Turner, Norm Parks, and Barbara Chandler.
Laquita is survived by her daughter, Margaret Anne Streibich Hovel, of Byron, Minn., and her husband, Dan; grandsons, Matthew and Chris Hovel; sisters, Linda Withrow, of Atlanta, and Holley Withrow Renno, and her husband, Gene, of Augusta; brother, Ralph Lewis Withrow Jr., of Covington; and her English family, Peter and Iris Pimm, of Bakewell, Derbyshire, Monica Burdon, of Essex, and Keith Pimm and his wife and children.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 21, at the Greensboro City Cemetery, with the Rev. Michael Hardy officiating.
The family will receive friends at McCommons Funeral Home from 12 p.m. on Friday until the time of the service.
McCommons Funeral Home, 109 West Broad Street, Greensboro, is in charge of the arrangements.
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