Saturday, September 09, 2006

Fine Old Georgian Dame - Doushka Brown Wolff

I glanced at this obituary this morning in The Marietta Daily Journal and didn't recognized the name and moved on. Anna read it aloud to me.
Douschka Brown Wolff was the poster-child of what the stereotype Southern Dame, descendant of Georgia Governors and Mayor of Savannah. Her home before she married was Oatmont in Marietta on Kennesaw Avenue. We toured that home one year when us commoners are invited to tour the homes of Marietta's elite (for a donation of course)... and got into a mild argument with the owner about his back yard was where people were publicly hanged in early pioneer days. He said it wasn't, I said it was. I was right, of course.

The obitary copied and pasted from

Saturday, September 9, 2006 3:12 AM EDT

WOLFF, Douschka

Douschka "Duka" Brown Wolff of Atlanta, GA, died September 5, 2006, due to complications from a previous stroke. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Bernard Preston Wolff, M.D.

Douschka Holcombe Pickens Brown was born at "Oakmont" in Marietta, GA, August 5, 1917, to Joseph E. and Dolores Gill Brown. Her paternal grandfather was Governor Joseph M. Brown, and her great-grandfather was Joseph E. Brown, Civil War Governor of Georgia, U.S. Senator, and Supreme Court Justice. Gov. Brown was instrumental in founding the Atlanta University System. Her maternal great-grandfather was Thomas Holcombe, Mayor of Savannah during the Civil War. Her first cousin was the recently deceased Charlie Brown, one of Marietta's more colorful figures, who once remarked upon seeing Duka canter up his driveway on her big chestnut horse with her trademark red hair flowing, that she was the most beautiful girl he had ever seen! Duka attended Marietta High School where she excelled in academics and was a member of the girl's basketball team. She was a founding member of the Marietta Cotillion and a participant in several music societies. Duka was a faithful member of Saint James Episcopal Church and sang in the choirs of both St. James and the Cathedral of St. Philip. At age 21 she met the love of her life, Dr. Bernard Preston Wolff, and moved to Atlanta to become the wife of this eminent physician. They became one of Atlanta's favorite couples, entertaining constantly at their home in Buckhead. Duka was a renowned cook. Both she and Bernard genuinely loved people and Duka was the perfect compliment to her husband, whose patients ranged from Mayor Ivan Allen and Martin Luther King's parents to their auto mechanic. All were treated with the same heartfelt love and respect, no matter their station in life. Not only was Duka loved by the Atlanta set, but she was a mother figure to many of her five children's friends. She had a delightful way with children and was always willing to pack just one more into her station wagon. Animals as well flocked to her side, and she was usually surrounded by a menagerie of cats, dogs, birds, and horses. Although she loved the outdoors, knowing the names of even the most obscure wildflowers and trees, she also immersed herself in Atlanta's society. A cradle Episcopalian, she was a member of Saint Luke's, a founding member of Saint David's in Roswell, and most recently, a member of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. She was a member of the Atlanta Junior League, active in the Lovett School Mothers' Club, president of Planter's Garden Club, active in the Republican Party, and for 20 years the Georgia director of Stratford Hall, birthplace of General Robert E. Lee. She designed the Ga. Lung Association building in Smyrna in the same Williamsburg style as her weekend home in Crabapple, GA. Duka was an expert genealogist and was past chairman of the Atlanta Town Committee of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America. She was a true Southern Lady with impeccable manners. She gave her daughters a copy of Emily Post's etiquette book, but inserted notes throughout the text, correcting Ms. Post's advice. Her table was always perfectly set, whether it was a picnic or formal event. Duka's life exemplified her strong Christian faith in every way. She was giving and sympathetic, but never compromised her values. To whom much is given, much is required. She was generous almost to a fault, always putting the needs of others before her own. Duka is also preceded in death by her sister, Lolita Brown Dyson of PA.

She is survived by her beloved brother, Gill Kendrick Brown, of Townshend, GA.; her cherished sister-and-law and friend, Marian Wolff Young of Atlanta (formerly of New York); and her five children: John McDowell Wolff, M.D. of Atlanta, Bernard Wellborn Wolff of Roswell, Susan Wolff Lindley of Atlanta, Marian Wolff Nolan of Marietta, and Charles Emerson Wolff of Columbus, NC, and her grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Thursday, September 14th, at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church. Family visitation will commence at noon. Private family burial will be at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Music program at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, 3110 Ashford Dunwoody Rd NE, Atlanta 30319; Spay GA., P.O. Box 870087, Stone Mountain, GA. 30087; or the Christian Appalachian Project, P.O. Box 511, Lancaster, KY 40444-0511.

Arrangements by H.M. Patterson and Son, Arlington Chapel, (404) 851-9900.

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Blogger kenju said...

She sounds like a fine old southern lady, Eddie, such as are found in nearly every city in the south.

9:15 AM  
Blogger ET said...

Yes she does.
I never met her I would imagine that she was quiet regal

10:13 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

Such characters are always part of Southern legend, and now she returns to the earth....

3:31 PM  
Blogger ET said...

Yep, back to the earth from whence she came.... and now she is as eual.

9:03 PM  
Blogger ET said...

I meant equal not eual!

9:05 PM  

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