Washington column for June 4

Reception for Jenks and Molly

Rev. Jennings W. "Jenks" Hobson III and wife Molly smile at the reception held at the Trinity Episcopal Church after Jenks' last sermon after 42 years as Trinity's pastor.
Rev. Jennings W. “Jenks” Hobson III and wife Molly smile at the reception held at the Trinity Episcopal Church after Jenks’ last sermon after 42 years as Trinity’s pastor. | Rappahannock News

The Rev. Jennings W. Hobson III and his wife, Molly, had a rousing send-off from the congregation at Trinity Episcopal Church, where Hobson has served for 42 years as rector. Following his last Sunday in the pulpit, a reception was held in the parish hall and sanctuary on Sunday afternoon (May 31). Laughter and joy were evident as many spoke in honor of Molly and Jenks.

Lois Snead’s talk was so humorous that senior warden Mike Mahoney said he needed to remember to always put Lois at the end. True to her fashion, Louise Eastham gave a heartfelt talk about the Hobson family. Ruth Baumgardner presented Jenks with his favorite pecan pie. At the other end of the age spectrum, Barney Riley and Reagan Ellis did their own versions of their appreciation of what Jenks has meant to them. Other speakers and presenters included Spots Williams, Margaret Baumgardner, Paula Endo, Russ Collins, Sean Kilpatrick, Chris Parrish and Louise Ellis. Among the gifts presented to the retiring couple were a memory book, a needlepoint kneeler and ceramic crosses painted by Merrill Strange. The crosses were given by those who frequently travel on the pilgrimages arranged by Jenks and Merrill each year.

Jenks will be on vacation until July 31, his official retirement date; he and Molly are not leaving Rappahannock County, however, and you will continue to see them out and about. Congratulate them on a job well done when you see them — or, better yet, attend the community reception and ice cream social to be held in their honor at 3 p.m. this Sunday (June 7) at at the Washington fire hall.

The loss of a dear lady

The community was saddened to hear that Jean Page Buxton Moffett of Washington passed away last Wednesday (May 27) at her home of 67 years on Gay Street. She was 92 years old.

In 1943, she made her debut in Baltimore, and came to Rappahannock as a young teacher after World War II and met her future husband, the late William F. Moffett Jr., upon his return from service in the war in the Pacific. They were married in 1946 by her father, Rev. Buxton, in his parish church at the time, Pohick Episcopal Church in Lorton.

Mrs. Moffett made her home in Washington and became the librarian for the Rappahannock County High School, where she enjoyed many years working with the county’s young people.

No matter how busy she was, Mrs. Moffett always made time for us in the library. I will always remember her warm smile and enthusiasm for helping me to find the right information and the right book that I needed for class. Our school was fortunate to have her for all those years.

She retired from the school system in 1980. She was a devoted member of Trinity Episcopal Church and a member for many years of the Rappahannock Retired Teachers Association. Reading was her lifelong passion and she enjoyed being in the Rappahannock ladies bridge club in her younger years.

Our deepest sympathy goes to her family, William F. “Frank” Moffett III, with whom she lived at the time of her death, Edward Page Moffett and wife Susan of Leesburg, and daughter Carter Moffett Welling and husband Capt. Craig Welling of Fairfax Station. Also: eight grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date to be announced. The family asks that donations in lieu of flowers be made to the Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad or Trinity Episcopal Church.

Her spirit will live on and continue to touch each of us in many ways. Mrs. Jean Moffett is a legacy we will always treasure.

Gay Street Inn joins the list

It’s official! Gary and Wendy Aichele, owners and innkeepers at the Gay Street Inn, recently received notification from TripAdvisor that the Gay Street Inn has been included in its 2015 “Hall of Fame.” Based on consistently excellent reviews by actual guests published on the world’s largest internet travel site, the award recognizes outstanding accommodations in several categories — including bed & breakfasts. To receive this level of recognition as “one of the best in the business,” a B&B needs to earn the organization’s annual “Certificate of Excellence” for five years in a row.

The Aicheles purchased the Gay Street Inn from Kevin Adams and Jay Brown in 2013, and are pleased to share this special recognition with the Inn’s previous hosts.

Trinity’s outreach program

Trinity Church's grant will help the church replace the existing toilet at St. Marc Church and School in Haiti, a facility hastily constructed after the 2010 earthquake that's become unusable.
Trinity Church’s grant will help the church replace the existing toilet at St. Marc Church and School in Haiti, a facility hastily constructed after the 2010 earthquake that’s become unusable. | Rappahannock News

Trinity Church recently received a $5,000 grant from the Mustard Seed Fund of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia to built a new outdoor toilet for the St. Marc School and Church in Trouin, Haiti. Trinity has been supporting the St. Marc School since 2011 as part of its international outreach programs. The existing toilet was hastily constructed after the 2010 earthquake and has become unusable. The recent introduction of cholera into Haiti has made good sanitation even more important. The new toilet will comply with earthquake-resistant construction techniques and provide a useable toilet and hand washing station for the school’s 350 students, many of whom walk more than two hours a day to attend school. Construction cost is estimated at $7,700, and Trinity is working to raise the additional funds needed. For more information, contact Russ Collins (russcoll@comcast.net or 540-764-0367).

Father’s Day breakfast

Celebrate Father’s Day by treating Dad to breakfast! Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue’s next all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet is 7 to 11 on Sunday, June 21: scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits, sausage gravy, hash browns, pancakes, fried apples, orange juice and coffee all prepared by your local fire and rescue volunteers. It’s $8 (ages 10 and younger eat free). All proceeds fund daily operations. For more information, call 540-675-3615.

CCLC’s fundraiser at Avon Hall

Child Care Learning Center’s “Alice in Wonderland Garden Party” is 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at Avon Hall. There’s food and drink, tours of the old estate and silent and live actions. This is the annual fundraiser for the CCLC (formerly the fall auction). For tickets and additional information, call CCLC at 540-675-3237.

Have a wonderful week!