De Anza DAR’s ‘Loose Woman’ returns

Maggie Martin, Laurel Lemarié, Francie Spears and Polly Martin

Francie Spears, a De Anza DAR past regent, recently returned as speaker with the topic “Colonial Hats and More.” Wearing her colonial dress without a corset, hence a “loose woman,” and her mob cap, Spears demonstrated how women from Williamsburg wore their straw hats, securing them with two-three yards of ribbon. Always entertaining, Spears put the audience at ease and in stitches. Shown with her are 1st Vice Regent Laurel Lemarié and prospective members, mother and daughter Paula “Polly” and Maggie Martin. The chapter was asked to wear hats in honor of the talk and Kentucky Derby Day. The meeting was held at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club.

De Anza members reside in North County coastal cities, Rancho Santa Fe, Carmel Valley and other nearby areas. Located in Encinitas, the De Anza Chapter was founded in 1934 and is named for Juan Bautista de Anza, an early explorer of California. It has over 100 members. A woman 18 years or older is eligible for membership who can prove direct lineage from a patriot who gave service during the American Revolution. The chapter meets the first Saturday of the month from October through June. For more information, call Laurel Lemarié (858) 756-2835 or visit