Obit: Alice Beatrice ‘Beasie’ Churchman du Pont

December 16, 2016
By Marcy Shortuse

Alice Beatrice (Beasie) Churchman du Pont, 100, passed away peacefully on December 12, 2016 at her home in Fairfield, Connecticut. She was born in September 22, 1916 in Morristown, N.J. and was the daughter of the late William Bridgeman Churchman, Jr. and Alice Beatrice Geyelin Churchman. She attended the Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Chestnut Hill, Pa. Beatrice was the widow of Francis George du Pont of Fairfield, Conn. Beatrice is survived by a large family which includes her daughter, Jean Folke du Pont Blair, and her husband, Edwin James Blair of New Orleans, La.; son F. George du Pont, Jr. and his wife Patricia of Guilford, Conn.; son David B. du Pont and his wife, Barbara of Tuxedo Park, N.Y.; son Henry G. du Pont and his wife Barbara A. MacMullan of Block Island, R.I.; and son William C. du Pont of Beverly, Mass. Surviving her are 9 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Beatrice was predeceased by her sister, Marion Rawle Churchman Newbold; brother William Bridgeman Churchman, III; sister Berthe deP. Churchman Patterson and sister Cynthia Geyelin Churchman Marshall. Beatrice was a sportswoman and enjoyed skiing, tennis, and swimming. She also enjoyed needlepoint, playing bridge, entertaining guests and cruising with her husband George on WAUPI, their sailing yacht. Her gifts of a wonderful sense of humor, devotion to her late husband George, and commitment to her friends will serve as reminders of her wonderful spirit. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Fairfield, Conn. A memorial graveside interment service will be held at the du Pont de Nemours Cemetery in Wilmington, Del. at a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that gifts in Beatrice’s memory be made to Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, 500 West Willow Grove Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118 and also Mystic Seaport, PO Box 6000, Mystic, CT 06355. Services by Spear-Miller Funeral Home.