Paula Latta Coyne, wife of Charles C. Coyne, died quietly on Tuesday, May 14, 2012, in the presence of her husband and her daughter, Anna Elizabeth Coyne, at her home, Sycamore Run Farm, East Fallowfield Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. She suffered from ovarian cancer.
Mrs. Coyne was born April 13, 1949, at the Coatesville Hospital in Chester County, the daughter of John Y. Latta, II and Hazel S. Latta. She attended the Upland Country Day School, graduated from the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, and received a B.A. in art and art history from Finch College, New York, in 1973. Prior to her marriage, she was the Merchandise Coordinator for J.E. Caldwell Co. in Philadelphia, and was responsible for the selection and marketing of all china and crystal for the six J.E.Caldwell stores.
A noted horsewoman, Mrs. Coyne foxhunted regularly with Mr. Stewart's Cheshire Foxhounds and other hunts in the area, and owned, bred and trained horses, competing in all forms of competition. She and her hunter Pablo retired the Turf King Challenge Trophy at the Brandywine Hounds Point-to-Point by winning it three times, 1963, 1964 and 1966, and she made and trained her hunter Stormy Kantar, who was ridden professionally for her by Louis L. Neilson, III; Stormy became the leading timber horse of 1972, winning a number of major sanctioned races, including the A.M. Byers Cup at the Rolling Rock Races at the Rolling Rock Club in Ligonier, Pennsylvania. After Stormy Kantar bowed a tendon in a race, she worked patiently nursing him back to health, and rode him in 1975 in the Virginia 100 Mile Ride in Hot Springs, Virginia, where he was named Grand Champion.
She was a committed preservationist, a director of Safety, Agriculture, Villages and Environment (S.A.V.E.), an organization dedicated to preserving the environment and character of Southern Chester County. She worked closely with the Brandywine Valley Association, the Brandywine Conservancy, and other conservation organizations, and was Chair of the East Fallowfield Township Historical Commission, lobbying in Chester County, Harrisburg and Washington, D.C. for historic, open-space and agricultural preservation. An active horticulturist, she campaigned at the county, state and national level for the use of native plants and the removal of invasive species; she was President of the West Chester Garden Club and designed and implemented the gardens at Sycamore Run Farm.
In addition to her husband and daughter, Mrs. Coyne is survived by an aunt, Jane Latta, of Pughgtown, three brothers, John Yates Latta, III, of Wasilla, Alaska, William J. Latta, of Chester Springs, Francis Alison Latta, of Fargo, North Dakota, and a number of members of the Latta family living in and around West Chester, Pennsylvania.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 9, 2012, at 3:00 PM at the Doe Run Presbyterian Church, East Fallowfield, Chester County, Pennsylvania.