Anne Morton Wyman, 73, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, at her home. Anne, also known as Babes, had a generous, infectious spirit that surrounded her wherever she went. Passionate about airplanes, horses, interior decorating, fine food and wonderful parties, she lived a life that was full and enriching.
Born Aug. 24, 1943, Babes lived in Louisville, Ky., until she was 10, when she moved with her parents, Rogers and Anne Morton, and brother David to Easton, Md. She attended the Country School in Easton and Mt. Vernon High School in Washington, D.C. She married Henry McCance in 1965, had her daughter, Elizabeth McCance, in 1967, and was divorced in 1970. She later married Thomas G. Wyman in 1991.
She had an idyllic childhood, riding horses through farmlands and puttering around in her small motorboat, named “Cat Bite” along the Wye River.
Her love of horses dates back to when she was a little girl on a farm in Louisville, Ky. As a teenager, she competed regularly in horse shows, but then turned her passion to fox hunting. Babes spent many years as a master of foxhounds, jointly running the Wye River Hounds with Mr. Wyman.
Owning her own Lear 35, she was avid about airplanes and knowledgeable about the aviation world. One of her finest moments was when she traveled around the world with the Boeing Co. promoting the then new 747SP.
Babes had a wonderful eye for color, and loved to decorate with her own distinctive style, rich in color and florals. For several years, she converted this passion into a business, Canopies and Canapés, but then later in life focused on helping her friends decorate their houses. She always did her own sewing for her design projects, and one of her specialties was canopies for four-poster beds. The Canapés part of the business reflected her love of fine food. Not only did Babes enjoy top-flight restaurants, frequenting La Grenouille, 21 and Anabelle’s, she was also an accomplished cook, always delighting her party guests. She hosted many large parties, often with elaborate themes. In addition to providing generous entertainment or organizing wedding receptions for her friends, she also orchestrated numerous large fundraising events, including for the Folgers Library in Washington, D.C.
Babes divided her time between Easton, Md., Sun Valley, Idaho, and Orchid, Fla., providing great joy to her great many friends in each of these place as well as all over the world. She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth McCance; her granddaughters, Phoebe and Sadie McCance; her husband, Thomas G. Wyman, and his children, Karin Morgan (Jeff) and Timothy Wyman (Lisa) and their families; and her uncle Saunders Paul Jones, as well as her stepbrothers, Robert, William and Richard Kimberly and her brother-in-law, Tom Cordell. She was predeceased by her parents, Rogers Morton and Anne Morton Kimberly, and her brother, David Morton. Her extensive network of adoring friends, whom she always made feel like a special extended family, will miss her very dearly.
A funeral service was held on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at Old Wye Church in Wye Mills, Md. Burial followed at Old Wye Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial gifts be directed to the Anne Wyman Memorial Fund at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. Please make gifts online at www.hopkinskimmelcancercenter.org or make a check payable to the Johns Hopkins University, indicating that this gift is to benefit the Anne Wyman Memorial Fund c/o Dr. Dung Le and mail to Kimmel Cancer Center Development Office, 750 E. Pratt St., Suite 1700, Baltimore, MD 21202.
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