Anne W. Robie
Anne W. Robie
  • December 6, 1924 - October 22, 2017
  • Annapolis, Maryland

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Anne Ashford Wattles Robie “Patty,” age 92, died on October 22 in Annapolis. She was born in Washington, D.C. in December 1924, to LTJG and Mrs. Thomas Lippitt Wattles.

As a Navy Junior, Patty moved with her father, mother, and younger sister, Joan, from one duty station to another. Her father was stationed at the Naval Academy while she was in high school, and they lived in the Yard. The years that her family spent in Annapolis were fondly remembered by Patty, particularly because she met all three of her husbands (all USNA graduates and Naval Aviators) there. She attended Annapolis High School and entered the College of William and Mary in the fall of 1942, where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority.

In 1944, Patty married LT Clive A. Strangman, who was killed in a midair collision in April 1945. She returned to William and Mary and graduated in 1947. In the summer of that year, Patty married LCDR William D. Spiegel. They had three children. After Bill retired from the Navy, they moved to Centerport, Long Island, where Patty and two partners owned a shop, Sew Biz. When that marriage ended, Patty moved to Northern Virginia.

In 1980, Patty married CAPT Edgar A. Robie. She often reminisced that Ed taught her to jitterbug when she was 15, and they enjoyed dancing well into their eighties. When Ed retired in 1984, they moved to Annapolis, and in 1997, they moved to Ginger Cove. They had 33 years together, until his death in 2014.

Patty, also known as Bma to her grandchildren, was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother and was a friend to everyone. She is survived by her three children, Bill, Joanie (Bruce), and Tom (Carey), two grandchildren, Carrie Wachter Morris (Brandon) and Amy Wachter Driggers (Asher), and two great grandchildren, Brennan Morris and Laura Morris. She also leaves behind many cherished cousins, and dedicated friend, Carlson Carter Woodside.

Along with her lifelong membership in Pi Beta Phi, Patty was a member of the National Society of Colonial Dames, the Jamestown Society, and the Four Rivers Garden Club. She loved dancing, gardening, and playing golf. When asked what she would like people to remember about her, she replied, “I just love people.” Her memory will be cherished by her family and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 AM on November 17, at Saint Andrew’s Chapel, in the lower level of the Naval Academy Chapel.