Celia Vandermark

Female 1909 - 2004  (95 years)


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  • Name Celia Vandermark 
    Born 18 Mar 1909  Medford, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Cemetery Bellefontaine Cemetery Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _UID 12A3688E3C09D511A5C1205002C100006FBB 
    Died 24 Dec 2004  Naples, Collier, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3786  Scudder
    Last Modified 15 Aug 2005 

    Family Mason Scudder,   b. 2 Apr 1894, St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jul 1971, Forestport, Oneida, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 12 Feb 1954  Cambridge, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    _UID C792688E3C09D511A5C1205002C10000130C 
    Last Modified 7 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F1700  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Celia graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from Radcliffe College and later did graduate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She pursued her interest in the arts by joining the staff of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. While visiting friends in a remote area of the Adirondacks, she met Mason Scudder.

      Celia pursued her interests in art, history, architecture and the environment by supporting St. Louis organizations devoted to those causes. She took a special interest in the Missouri Botanical Garden, the St. Louis Art Museum, the Missouri Historical Society and the Nature Conservancy. She also participated in the Colonial Dames. She supported historic preservation in Ste. Genevieve, Mo., following efforts there by Les Amis, the region's Creole Colonial Preservation Society. Most recently, she supported restoration of the Amoureux House, an 18th-century French Colonial house.

      After Mason's death in 1971, Celia traveled on her own until she was in her mid-80s. She believed in trying nearly everything at least once, including taking a camel ride when she was in her mid-70s, her nephews said. "She would say, 'If you say no to an invitation or opportunity, you may not get a second chance. There are so many interesting places in the world, and we are so lucky to be able to see them,'" said her nephew, Henry Vandermark of Cambridge, Massachusetts. In the 1980s, Celia moved from St. Louis to Boston to be close to her family. She later retired to Naples.

  • Sources 
    1. [S16] Genealogy of Descendants of Jacob Scudder T-2-3-7-Partial and Descendants of Peter Scudder T-2-3-11, Edwin Lefort Soper; comp., (Scudder Association Bulletin), XXVII, p. 15, Dec 1976.