Mrs. Anne McDonnell Inman

  • Born: January 27, 1917
  • Died: April 6, 2013
  • Location: Columbia, South Carolina

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Tribute & Message From The Family


Anne Chilton McDonnell Inman died peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, April 6, 2013. She was born on January 27, 1917, the daughter of Medal of Honor winner Vice-Admiral Edward O. McDonnell and Helen Fisher McDonnell of Mill Neck, Long Island, New York and Hobe Sound, Florida. The oldest of three children, she was predeceased by her brother, Edward Orrick McDonnell, Jr., killed in North Africa during World War II and her sister, Ralphine Elizabeth McDonnell Barry (Mrs. Arthur R. Barry) who died on September 10, 2010.
Anne was the widow of Charles S. Inman and Bernard R. Linkins. Her marriages to Oliver R. Grace and Donald M. Kendall ended in divorce. Her oldest child, Helen Grace Spencer (Mrs. Grace Spencer) predeceased her on March 9, 2012. Anne is survived by her daughters, Anne Grace Kelly (Mrs. Ratus L. Kelly) of Palm Beach, Florida; Ruth Grace Jervis (Mrs. Wayne T. Jervis, Jr.) of Los Angeles, California; Donna Lee Kendall (Mrs. Kendall Model) of Corona del Mar, California and her son, Dr. Edward McDonnell Kendall of Eastover, South Carolina and son-in-law, Ratus L. Kelly and daughter-in-law, Dr. Dorothy F. Kendall (Mrs. Edward M. Kendall), 16 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.
Anne attended the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Connecticut and The Art Students League in New York City, New York. She gave generously of her time to numerous non-profit organizations. She faithfully volunteered at the Veterans Hospital on Long Island in honor of her brother, Edward. As an accomplished horseback rider, she was involved early on in the administration of classes in therapeutic riding, always delighting in the beneficial effects of horseback riding for people with mental and physical disabilities.
She was a loyal volunteer for Meals on Wheels and enjoyed visiting elderly shut-ins. Anne was a dedicated supporter of charities that assisted unwed mothers, especially in minority communities. She contributed to various projects at the Corcoran Museum in Washington, D.C., which she thoroughly enjoyed, being an artist herself. Anne, a lover of classical music, was a keen supporter of the Middle Keys Concert Association. She maintained a home in the Florida Keys later in life and spent many happy years there.
She was a faithful volunteer and devoted congregant at Saint John's of Lattingtown Episcopal Church in Locust Valley, New York and at Saint Columba Episcopal Church in Marathon, Florida where she sat on the vestry and lastly at Saint John's Episcopal Church, Congaree in Hopkins, South Carolina. Art played an important role in Anne's life. She was a talented sculptor and created many beautiful pieces including busts of her children, Donna and Edward. She was an enthusiastic art collector and had a fine collection of oil paintings and watercolors. Anne was a longtime friend and patron of Eric Sloane, a well-celebrated American artist. Her parents had been eager supporters of Mr. Sloane as a young artist. During her travels Anne enjoyed visiting galleries, exhibits and museums. She traveled extensively throughout her life in Europe, Africa, the Middle and Far East, Russia, Mexico, Central and South America, Cuba and the Caribbean. She was an intrepid traveler and spoke both French and Spanish. Anne especially enjoyed the majesty of the Alhambra in Spain, the antiquities of Alexandria, Cairo, Luxor and the beauty and serenity of the gardens and temples in Kyoto. She had a special affinity for lovely gardens and gardening, inherited from her mother. She worked closely with her friend Richard Webel of the renowned firm Innocenti and Webel to create her beautiful Long Island garden. She also maintained lovely gardens at her homes in Florida and Maryland.
Anne had numerous other interests including golf, fly fishing, deep sea fishing and boating. She even obtained a boat captain's license, graduating at the top of her class. Anne was known as a top-notch tennis partner winning doubles championships at the Piping Rock Club and the Jupiter Island Club. A very talented bridge player, she was also in great demand as a bridge partner. During her long, full life, Anne was a noted hostess, entertaining Presidents, world leaders, and members of various royal families, ambassadors, diplomats, musicians and artists from all over the globe. She was known for her graciousness and fine table. Anne had a lifelong interest in genealogy and was a member of various hereditary societies.
She was a descendent of three signers of the Magna Carta and from the early American patriot, Joseph Blackwell of Virginia, a member of the House of Burgesses and Captain John Chilton of Virginia, who was killed in the battle of Brandywine in the American Revolutionary War. Anne's modest demeanor belied her many talents. She had a great intellect, was a voracious reader, and was interested in a wide cross section of subjects. Her daily routine involved finishing the New York Times crossword puzzle in short order. She was a consummate storyteller. Throughout her life, Anne was known for her great beauty and uproarious sense of humor and quick wit. A unique lady, Anne displayed a rare combination of intelligence, beauty, humor and practicality. She had acute judgment about people, places and things without being judgmental. Anne died peacefully and painlessly with her family and devoted caregiver, Sherry Weston McFadden close by. She was looking forward to joining her parents in heaven.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday April 27, 2013 at Saint John's Episcopal Church, Congaree in Hopkins, South Carolina.
Memorials may be made to the University of South Carolina Educational Foundation for the benefit of the Carolina Lifesong Initiative, 813 Assembly Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29208 and the Audubon Society of South Carolina, 336 Sanctuary Rd, Harleyville, South Carolina, 29448.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Beautiful tribute for an amazing Grandmother.

Posted by Fran McDermid - PA - Grandaughter   April 25, 2013

Ed and Dorothy, I'm very sorry. Anne was a remarkable woman and I know she will be missed.

Posted by Wade Stinnette - Columbia, SC - Friend   April 23, 2013

my condolences to Ed and Dorothy

Posted by Walter A Saunders - Columbia, SC - friend of her son   April 23, 2013