Christine Colley Bach, 88, passed away on Thursday, August 30, 2018 in Front
Royal, VA. She was born Christine Mary de Quervain Colley on July 1, 1930 in
Norwich, England to Constance Mary Colley (Greenwood) and Alfred George de
Quervain Colley. The eldest of their two children, she was pre-deceased by her brother,
Alfred John de Quervain Colley as well as her second husband, Col. Austin W. Bach of
Mrs. Bach was an avid Equestrian. She was a member of the Old Dominion
Hounds Hunt and an established riding instructor. Her love for horses began at a very
young age in Shropshire, England. In her early twenties, she arrived in the United
States to manage the riding program at the Woodhill Country Club in Wayzata, MN.
She eventually became a U.S. Citizen. While in Minnesota, she met and married her
first husband, George F. Piper III.
Raising a family, she continued her love for riding by owning and operating a
major riding facility with over 60 horses near Hamel, MN. There she taught lessons,
boarded horses and ran competitive events. She was one of the Founding Members of
the Long Lake Hounds, Minnesota’s only Fox Hunt. To this day, in their travels
through the Upper Midwest, family will inevitably bump into someone, only to find
out how “Christine” taught them to ride. She also trained and sold many competitive
horses. One would represent the Canadian Olympic team.
Mrs. Bach was a member of the ECW at Leeds Episcopal Church in Markham,
VA where she and her husband Austin were most beloved parishioners. A life-long
gardener, she was a member of the Blue Ridge Flower Club, and an active member of a
local ladies investment group. She had a flair for art and loved to teach and share her
knowledge and appreciation of beauty with others, especially her grandchildren.
In keeping with her love of horses and Mrs. Bach's tremendous support of
worthwhile causes, she was a leading supporter of the Smithsonian Conservation
Biology Institute's Wild Equine Program. She was a significant patron to the study of
the Przewalski horse reproductive research at SCBI. The first foal ever produced in
captivity through the program was named “Christine” for her invaluable contributions.
In late 2012, Mrs. Bach was diagnosed with dementia and spent the past couple
of years living at Commonwealth Senior Living in Front Royal, VA, where she was a
vibrant member of their Memory Care community and received outstanding attention
from her caregivers and friends.
She is survived by her three children: George F. Piper IV and wife Janet, Orono,
MN; Nina P. Hahler, St. John, USVI and John de Q. Piper and wife Tracy, Hume, VA,
her grandchildren: George F. Piper V and Virginia C. Piper of Orono, MN and
Katherine de Q. Piper and John de Q. Piper, Jr. of Arlington, VA. As well as her
stepson, Kai V. Bach, Carrier, OK and stepgrandchildren Allan G. Bach,
Mechanicsville,VA and Robert A. Bach of Cincinnati, OH.
A Service of Celebration will be held for Mrs. Bach at Leeds Episcopal Church
in Markham, VA on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers,
donations may be made to the Blue Ridge Hospice Butterfly Club or the Smithsonian
Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, VA in her honor.
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