Beta Eta alumna Valerie Mecutchen passed away April 24, 2010. She initiated Alpha Chi Omega in 1935 at Florida State College for Women, just six years after Beta Eta chapter was installed on campus.
Valerie lived a full, rich life and in many ways was a woman ahead of her time. She will be greatly missed by Alpha Chi Omega alumnae all over the country but especially by those in Alpha Epsilon Alpha alumnae chapter in Washington, D.C. and Gamma Phi Gamma in Tampa, FL. Condolences can be shared on the Blount & Curry website: http://www.blountcurrymacdill.com/obituaries/tribute.html?url=http://stei-23784.tributes.com/show/Valerie-Mecutchen-88459033
MECUTCHEN, Valerie Kathryn Stubbs, 94, of Tampa, died April 24, 2010. She was born June 17, 1915, to Rose Dombrowsky Stubbs and William Oscar Stubbs in their Hyde Park neighborhood home. Mrs. Mecutchen attended Gorrie Elementary and Wilson Junior High, and graduated as valedictorian from Plant High School in 1923. She continued her studies at the University of Tampa, then transferred to the Florida State College for Women, where she received a bachelor’ s degree. She began her career teaching school in Williston, Fla., before teaching five years in Tampa at Memorial and Wilson Junior High Schools. During World War II, she worked in the Office of Censorship in Miami before transferring to the office in Washington, D.C., in 1943. Mrs. Mecutchen retired in 1970, after working for Military Intelligence, Department of the Army, The Industrial College of Armed Forces, the office of Chief of Military History, Department of the Army and earning a master’ s degree from American University.
Mrs. Mecutchen returned to Tampa in 2003 to reside at Canterbury Tower, after living 60 years in Washington, D.C., and Silver Spring, Md. She was a 75-year member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, The Women’ s Club of Chevy Chase, Md., Woodside United Methodist Church in Silver Spring, and Hyde Park Methodist Church in Tampa. Her hobbies were oil painting, travel and playing bridge. She was predeceased by her husband, Edward Taylor Mecutchen, who was a budget analyst with NASA and its predecessors; her sister, Daisy Stubbs Mickler Dickerson of Tampa; her brother, William O. Stubbs Jr. of Dade City; and her nephew, Brian Ellis Mickler of San Antonio, Texas. She is survived by her sister, Smithy Raeburn Stubbs Ingley of Vidalia, Ga.; her nieces and nephews, Martha Tillman Stubbs Vasquez (Ernesto), Martha Jan Mickler (Peter Temko), Karen Alison Mickler (Bruce DeGroot), Lindsay Rae Mickler (John Elbare), Dennis Ingley (Therisa), Paul Ingley (Susan) and Alan Ingley; and 17 great-nieces and nephews. A graveside service will take place at 2 p.m. May 7 at Myrtle Hill Memorial Park in Tampa. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions go to the University of South Florida Suncoast Alzheimer’ s & Gerontology Center, 4001 E. Fletcher Ave., Tampa, FL 33613 or to the Alphi Chi Omega Foundation,www.alphichiomega.org
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