Emily Satterthwaite – November 20, 2016

It is with great sadness we share this news with you.  To quote Emily’s daughter “North Hatley will never be the same” Our sincere condolences to the family.


Emily Vaux Satterthwaite (nee Cresson) passed away in her sleep at age 96 on November 20, 2016.  Born in Paoli, PA on March 13, 1920, she was the daughter of Rev. Caleb Cresson V and Helen Wilson Cresson. Raised in the Philadelphia area, she attended Shipley School and the Conservatory of Music, and was presented to society in 1938.

She married Franklin Bache Satterthwaite on February 7, 1942 with whom she enjoyed a marriage of over 60 years before his death in 2003. During their years in Short Hills, NJ, she was an active volunteer, serving as president of the Junior League, the Service League and New Eyes for the Needy. She was a keen horticulturalist, acting as president of the Short Hills Garden Club, raising camellias and creating artistic flower arrangements throughout her life.

She pursued a business career as Vice President of Satterthwaite Research Services and Director of  Personnel for the American Kennel Club. While living in New York City, she continued with the AKC and her association with various historical societies, including the Colonial Dames of America (President) and Society of Daughters of Holland Dames (Directoress General).  She was also an active and long-term member of the Colony Club, the Huguenot Society of America and the Free Quaker Society.

After retirement, she spent her summers at Willow Wood Cottage in North Hatley, Quebec, where she could astonish with her wicked cross-court forehand into her 80s and enjoy less vigorous social activities like North Hatley Club teas.  Her main residence was in Cranston, RI, where she lived with her son and daughter-in-law for the past 17 years.  While in Rhode Island she continued to practice yoga and play tennis well into her 80s and was a member of the Providence Art Club and the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America.

She is survived by son Franklin Jr. (Martha Werenfels) and daughter Sally Gibson; grandchildren Meg (Lauren Sergio) and Katie Gibson (Cindy Tan) and Peter and Toby Satterthwaite; great grandchildren Lindsay and Alistair Sergio, and her ever-true canine companion Oscar.  A private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ASPCA or, within Canada, to the Lake MassawippiWater Protection Association.