Miss Jennie thirsted for more beyond. She spent her summers advancing her learning by taking college courses at universities in the North, including Harvard University. It was at Harvard that she met Professor John Macy, who became her mentor. She leveraged the relationships formed through her university studies to develop a mentoring program for her students with her university colleagues. At last in 1925, nearly 70 years old, she fulfilled a long cherished dream of a year’s study at Oxford. It was during this year that she was a guest at “Cliveden,” the home of one of her greatest student admirers, Nancy Langhorne (Lady Astor), alumna of the V.R.E.S. who was the first woman to sit as a Member of Parliament.
Miss Jennie died peacefully on Easter Day, April 9, 1939, at the age of 82. She is buried in Richmond’s Hollywood Cemetery. Her epitaph was written by James Branch Cabell, one of the most distinguished of “Miss Jennie’s Boys”:
Foremost in learning and in faith and aid,
Preeminent, all tireless, never fond
But resolute in progress: and afraid
Only of finding no more work beyond.