Etta Weaver Richwine, 98, a real estate agent, volunteer and past District of Columbia Mother of the Year, died of
cardio-respiratory failure Feb. 15 at Charles County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in La Plata.
Mrs. Richwine, a resident of Washington for 84 years, devoted most of her life to family and volunteer work. She became a real
estate agent in her late sixties, working at Reuters Inc., Begg Long and Foster, and WC & AN Miller until she retired in her
She was born in Madison County, Va., and moved to Washington at age 12. She graduated from Central High School in 1928
and was a director at the Chevy Chase Playground while working her way through George Washington University, where she
graduated in 1936. She married in a double wedding ceremony with her sister that year.
Mrs. Richwine was a member of the Women's Board of George Washington University Hospital from 1939 to 1999, serving from
1961 to 1963 as its president. She was director of the Florence Crittenton Bazaar, which raised funds for the home for unwed
mothers. In 1970, American Mothers Inc. selected her as its District of Columbia Mother of the Year. She was a member of the
Sigma Kappa Sorority and served on the board of the Washington Club.
She was also a member of PEO International, the Charles County Garden Club and Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, as well
as Columbia Country Club, the DeLaBrooke Hunt Club and Hawthorne County Club.
Her interest in the environment and horticulture led her and her late husband to plant native and rare species on their tobacco
farm on the Wicomico River in Charles County.
Her husband of 40 years, Dr. Barton Richwine, died in 1976.
Survivors include four children, Barton Richwine Jr. of McLean, Susan Richwine Carter of Annapolis, Ann Richwine Draper of
McLean and Peter Richwine of Annapolis; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.