Vanilla Beane Obituary – Cause of Death: “DC’s Hat Lady,” Vanilla Beane dies at 103.
Vanilla Powell Beane known as “DC’s Hat Lady”, was an American milliner and business woman.
Beane passed away on Sunday, October 23, 2022, at age 103, in Washington, D.C.
Mayor Muriel Bowser announced her passing in a statement and said;
Ms. Vanilla Beane embodied Black excellence. … She was DC’s Hat Lady. She was a mother, a grandmother, and a great grandmother. She was an inspiration for generations of Black women and for anyone who ever thought about turning their talent into a business that you love so much you stay at it into your hundreds.
She had three children; the eldest died in 1980, and her husband died in 1993.
One of her hats was displayed and is in the collection of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). In Washington, D.C., there is a Vanilla Beane Day on September 13.
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