Ann Gay Dodson

Georgia Horticulturist

Ann Gay Dodson, 87, a Georgia horticulturist and flower judge who made sure seven rooms at the White House were filled with flowers from Jimmy Carter's home town when he was sworn in as president, died of cancer Sept. 23 in Atlanta.

Flowers, fruit, foliage and fruit blossoms were used, including roses, delphiniums, irises, snapdragons, forsythia, limes, grapes, heather, magnolias, pines, mahonias, quinces and nandinas, according to the book "Flowers from Plains to the White House," which Mrs. Dodson published about the project.

In addition to heading the White House Decorating Committee, she was an accomplished artist who specialized in china painting and oils. Some of her paintings hang at the Carter Center in Atlanta.

Mrs. Dodson also owned and operated a beauty shop in Plains for more than 40 years.

Sigrid de Lima


Sigrid de Lima, 77, a novelist who burst upon the New York literary scene in 1950 but withdrew from public life in mid-career, died Sept. 19 in Nyack, N.Y. The cause of death was not reported.

Her 1950 book, "Captain's Beach," was met with mixed reviews that variously proclaimed Ms. de Lima the next Hemingway or Woolf or called her writing "painfully studied and windy."

The book, about threadbare survivors in a shabby New York rooming house, was the first published out of editor Hiram Haydn's prestigious workshop at the New School for Social Research.

In 1952, she published "The Swift Cloud," about the murder of a disabled boy in a California town. It received the Prix de Rome in 1953.

After her next book, "Carnival by the Sea," (1954), critics generally agreed on her skills. But after two more books, "Praise a Fine Day" (1959) and "Oriane" (1968), she stopped writing.

Ruth Ray Hunt

Oil Executive's Wife

Ruth Ray Hunt, 82, the second wife of storied Texas oil tycoon H.L. Hunt, died Sept. 25 in Dallas. The cause of death was not reported.

Hunt, believed to be one of the richest men in the world when he died in 1974, married her in 1957 and adopted her four children after the death of his first wife.

Ruth Ray Hunt raised three daughters and a son. Her husband had six children by his first wife.

Mrs. Hunt also was known for her philanthropy.

She would arrive unexpectedly at the bedside of hospitalized Hunt Oil Co. employees or their family members, returning day after day for visits that stretched into dozens of hours.