Ann (Lohmann) Mateer, 87, of Hilton Head, South Carolina, passed away peacefully on February 28th, 2018. Ann was born on September 14, 1930 and was raised on the Main Line outside of Philadelphia. She moved to Middleburg, Virginia in 1969 and resided there until 2013, when she moved to The Cypress of Hilton Head Island.
Ann was a well-respected breeder of prize-winning English Cocker Spaniels with the kennel name Maidavale. She was a four-time president of the English Cocker Spaniel Club of America, and along with her husband, Edward I. Eldredge, was a founding member of the Middleburg Kennel Club. Ann was certified by the American Kennel Club to judge confirmation classes for the sporting group and a wide variety of breeding classes. She also was certified as a judge for Best in Show and Junior Sportsmanship.
Ann was passionate about gardening and was a longtime member of the Fauquier and Loudoun Garden Club. Designing and maintaining a cutting garden was a great joy to Ann everywhere she lived throughout her life. Ann also had many creative interests including painting and needlepointing. She also was a member of the Colonial Dames of America.
Ann was a devoted mother, as well as stepmother, grandmother and great grandmother to all of the children of the Hentz, Eldredge and Mateer families, and her kindness and gentle spirit will be missed. As one of her dear friends wrote: “The beautiful swirl of hair, the ready laugh…..a bit of grace and light has left our world.”
Survivors include her two loving sons, Tucker Hentz and Peter Hentz (Sheila), from her former husband, John, and Peter’s stepdaughter, Tracy Kenworthy (Dennis). She also is survived by her five devoted stepchildren, Carley Eldredge Smith (Barry), Elaine Eldredge Brown (Bruce), Natalie Eldredge Crichton, Edward Eldredge IV (Ede), Coe Eldredge (Maria), from her second husband, Edward, who predeceased her; and her five equally devoted stepchildren, Carter Mateer Severance (Alex), Diehl Mateer III (Barbara), Drew Mateer (Donna), Gil Mateer (Monica), and Jeff Mateer (Mary) from her third husband, Diehl who also predeceased her; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A memorial service and reception will be held at The Cypress of Hilton Head Island on Saturday afternoon, March 17th at 1:00 pm. A second memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church in Upperville, Virginia at a later date.
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