Dalphine Lovell Redd

26 November, 192626 March, 2021

DALPHINE LOVELL REDD November 26, 1926 - March 26, 2021 Dalphine Lovell Redd passed away peacefully at age 94, in Bethesda, MD, at the home of one of her sons, Robert. Dalphine was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She enjoyed life as much as anyone possibly could and had more friends than one can count. She loved telling stories, especially the funny ones about her life and her wonderful experiences growing up in Cloverdale, Virginia. She loved to take photos, write entertaining anecdotes, and even collected obituaries she thought were humorous, all of which she shared widely. Having a husband and three sons who loved music, including two sons who became professional musicians, she frequented concerts, clubs, and music venues of all kinds, making new friends everywhere she went. She was a weekly fixture on Sunday evenings at the Irish Inn at Glen Echo for the last two decades of her life, handing out candy and Virginia peanuts to all. Adored by musicians and music fans alike, she was often referred to as “Jazzy Dalphine” and “Mama Redd.” Her passion for cooking and hospitality made her home a destination for friends, including guitarist Charlie Byrd, bassist Keter Betts, arranger Bill Potts, and many world-famous jazz artists who were performing in Washington. Dizzy Gillespie never missed a chance to go to the Redd family home every time he performed in Washington for her Southern charm and cooking. She had a wonderful life in which, as she loved to say, “There is never a dull moment.” Dalphine May Lovell was born and raised in Cloverdale, Virginia. After high school, she worked and attended classes at Virginia Tech, where she met her husband, I. Kay Redd Jr., of Hanover, Virginia, and made many friends she remained close to for over 70 years. She and her husband, Kay, lived in Richmond for a brief period where she worked for the Department of Agriculture. The Redds soon moved to Washington, D.C., and then to Silver Spring, Maryland, where they lived for 45 years and raised their three sons. She was a school crossing guard with Montgomery County, Maryland, for more than 20 years, retiring in 1994, and also worked for years as a volunteer at Maryland’s election polls. After her husband passed away in 1998, she moved to Cabin John, Maryland. She was preceded in death by her oldest son, Israel Kay Redd lll (1951-2019) and is survived by her sons, Charles Randolph Redd (and wife, Gail), Robert Lovell Redd (and wife, Kathy); her grandchildren Catherine “Kitty” Durham, Jessica Marion Sartalamacchia (and husband, Travis), Jacob Lovell Redd (and wife, Kelly), Charles Randolph Redd, Jr., and Katie Lovell Redd; and her great grandchildren, Elizabeth Sartalamacchia and Travis Sartalamacchia, Jr. She will be inurned with her husband, Kay, at Arlington National Cemetery Columbarium. Her family will honor her memory with a fun and happy celebration of life, just as she wished.


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Susan and Gary Hilbert

13 April 2021

We only met once when we were seated at the long table you were sharing with your family at Bethesda Blues and Jazz. It was obvious that you were the life of the party. When I learned who you were I commented that you had raised 2 wonderful men and musicians. You began regaling us with stories.
May your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren keep your memory alive by sharing some of those stories with others.
Memories live forever, treasure them.
Peace to all your family members
Susan and Gary Hilbert

Gerald Wicker

13 April 2021

Dalphine was like a second mother to me. She was kind, loving, funny and feed me five times a day when I visited her home!

I miss talking to Dalphine several times a week

She was blessed to have a wonderful family and they were blessed to have here.

Dalphine lived life to the fullest

LJ Lovell

13 April 2021

Aunt Dalphine, always a kind word and a way of lifting everyone's spirits. Always cheerful, a great sense of humor. So considerate, welcoming of everyone and so proud of her very fine family.
A wonderful lady. Very much missed, happily and lovingly remembered, always,
"Little" Jerome and Alesia

Brooks Tegler

10 April 2021

I will miss this wonderful Lady so very much. Once in a while, someone comes along whose influence is without any equal. Whose outlook on life is beautifully 'contagious' and special. Someone who, without even trying, immediately eclipses everything else in the room. Here, for me, was one of those people. Unpretentious. Caring. Generous. Just simply, a wonderful soul who could induce a laugh, a thought, an idea, just being herself. I am proud to have been in her 'light' as often as I was. Like so many others, what an honor to have known the one person I can gladly say was the best Second 'Mom' I have ever known. Sleep well Dalphine and a humble thank you is all I can give in return for all that you gave me.

stevie lovell

7 April 2021

Aunt Dal always shined people in the best light possible, a beautiful soul for sure. Incredibly funny and witty, always made people feel like friends. Definitely a void in D.C.'s social circles, what a great Lady! Dearly missed, but not forgotten. Will see her again someday.
With Love Barbara Lovell, Cloverdale.

Elizabeth Farrington

1 April 2021

Dalphine was a force of nature and is leaving all of us that much poorer, missing her enthusiasm for jazz and her support of the musicians, her love of family and friends, her caring and warmth. And her humor! The first time I met her, she told me an off-color joke that practically made me blush! She welcomed me to the “Royal Box” there at the Inn and made sure I felt at home.

She always had a kind word for me, or for Brooks, or a funny story, and a never-ending supply of goodies. You just knew how many people loved her and how devoted her family was to their True Matriarch. She is going to be missed, but she will always be present in all the wonderful memories we will cherish of her.
Rest Well, Dalphine. I’ll drink a toast in your honor, and chase it with a piece of candy from a small collection I still have from you!

Sending love and support to the entire extended Redd clan, who are pretty darned amazing in their own right. May you all be at peace with her passing, and I hope to see you all soon.

Erin Robles-Sherman

31 March 2021

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Dalphine. She was such a wonderful woman and such a joy to be around. As one of her doctors, I always loved knowing that I would see her that day. She brightens up the room (and always came with chocolate. A woman after my own heart.) She loved telling stories about her kids and grandkids, of whom she was always so proud of.