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Camcy B. Courten

Camcy B. Courten

Camcy B. Courten, beloved mother of Raynell Smith and grandmother of Lily and Calhoun Smith, sailed from this life on November 8, 2017. Camcy is survived by her sister, Ina Evelyn Chapman of Frederick, Md.; her brother, Bobby R. Boggs Sr. of Culpeper; numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins; her constant feline companion, “Big Boy”; and her childhood friend, Yolande Welch of Sanibel Island. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert P. Courten, an older brother, Victor White of Danville; and her parents, Ray and Meriba Boggs of Amissville, Va.

Camcy was born in July of 1928 on a farm in Falls Church. She attended Jefferson High School, Davis & Elkins College, and Monmouth University, earning degrees in education. In 1948, she married Robert P. Courten and lived in Alexandria. She worked for the Department of Agriculture, and one of her first projects was the electrification of Byrd Airport in Richmond. In 1950 the family moved to Middletown, New Jersey, where Camcy raised her daughter and taught kindergarten.

She loved to garden and always had an extensive flower and vegetable garden. She also loved animals, and the New Jersey farm was populated with cats, a dog, horses, sheep, and even a goat. Camcy’s husband Bob introduced her to the joys of sailing. Together they cruised down the Intracoastal Waterway and, on one such trip, discovered Deltaville.

When Camcy retired from teaching, she and her husband moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., where they lived for 35 years. She was an active member of the Fort Lauderdale Garden Club and the Gulfstream Sailing Club. Camcy competed in the North American Yacht Racing Union on a 30’ Morgan, bringing home numerous trophies. She and a group of friends loved startling local residents by sailing the canals of Ft. Lauderdale in mini 12’s. She also taught sailing to a new generation of sailors.

Although Camcy loved the tropics, she longed for a home in Virginia. In 1985, she came back to a place she remembered fondly, Deltaville, and purchased a house in which to spend her summers. She continued to sail, now in the Chesapeake, with her daughter Raynell and son-in-law Steve Smith, aka Kaptain Krunch. She was an accomplished deck hand on their many adventures from Maine to Florida and often accompanied them to the Bahamas.

In 1995, Camcy purchased Harrow House on Lovers Lane and began operating a bed-and-breakfast during the summers. She specialized in offering rooms to cruising sailors who were working on their boats in Deltaville. She loved swapping sea stories with her guests. Come the frosts of fall, however, she headed south, hating the cold of winter. 

A celebration of her life will be held at Harrow House on Lovers Lane on Saturday, November 18, from 1-4 p.m.

Camcy loved flowers, particularly simple garden bouquets. In lieu of flowers, however, a donation to Camcy’s charities of choice—the Middlesex Public Library, the Humane Society, or the Deltaville Maritime Museum—would be welcome.

Camcy will be interred at a later date in the family cemetery on Oak Hill Ridge in Bomont, West Virginia. 

posted 11.14.2017

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