Honoring Two Women’s Lives


It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of two of our long-time members and supporters. We honor these two women that we were privileged to know and call our friends.

Charlotte Watson, a scholar, an author, an adventurer, an herbalist, and so much more.

Barbara Holly, one of the FRWRC’s founding mothers.

Charlotte Watson was a scholar, an author, an adventurer, an herbalist, and so much more. Charlotte joined the FRWRC during the early years and served as a member of the board for a number of terms where her keen intelligence and world view always made such a difference in our discussions and decisions. Charlotte was a featured speaker at one of our breakfasts a number of years ago where she spoke about sex trafficking and its impact on women around the world, an issue near and dear to her. She lived and worked around the world helping people to improve their lives, aid those in need, and protect those who could not protect themselves. She loved to travel, read, study, sing in her church choir, and spend time with friends and family. Our community has lost a very fine woman.

Barbara Holly was one of the FRWRC’s founding mothers. Anyone who knew Barbara will remember her brightness, her light – Barbara glowed with an inner intelligence and wisdom that was unmistakable. She taught advanced placement English for 20 years at McLean High School until she moved to Front Royal after retiring. In the late 1990’s and into the early 2000’s, Barbara hosted a small group of us in her home to read and discuss poetry and great themes. She had studied Jungian Psychology in Zurich and knew deeply about the workings of the psyche and the strength of archetypes as they occur in literature and our inner lives. Entering her home was like entering a sanctuary of peace and beauty. Barbara moved away from Front Royal in 2002 to make a home in Albuquerque where her son and grandchildren were. When Nan Hathaway, a close friend of Barbara’s, visited her last spring, Barbara gave her a book that she was finished with, Good to Go, and instructed Nan to use it. That was Barbara. She was 83 when she died. Barbara is gone but never forgotten.


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