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JEANNE F. REES


'EES JEANNE FRETWELL REES 1919 - 2013 Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. Jeanne Fretwell Rees, age 94, passed away peacefully on March 7, 2013 at Tall Oaks in Reston, Virginia of natural causes. Born Jeanne Marie Fretwell in Staunton in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia on January 8, 1919 to Charles Wilson Fretwell and Bessie Mae Woodson, she was the beloved wife of Charles Herbert Rees (1919-1976) and is survived by four loving children, Martha Woodson Rees of Atlanta, Georgia and Oaxaca, Mexico; Susan Rees of Mclean, Virginia; John Rees (Courtney) of Sarasota, Florida and David Rees (Cherie) of Vienna, Virginia; nine grandchildren, Sarah Linder (Steve); Julia and George Mackaronis; Samuel and Lydia Rees; Katherine, Daniel, Maxwell, and Jackson Rees; and four great-grandchildren (so far): Matt, Emily, Josh, and Noah Linder. Jeanne is also survived by her sister-in-law Alzada Johnston of Fort Pierce Florida; nieces Betty Williams, Linda Rees, Marsha Fretwell, Marcia Prentice, Meredith Creighton and Karen Moser, and nephews Joseph , John and Richard Pancake, Jack and Steve Fretwell, and Wayne Johnston.... and many second cousins and other relations. Jeanne moved to Washington D.C. in 1942 where she met and married C. Herbert Rees, a major in the Army Air Corps. They moved to Northern Virginia in 1948 and lived in Karachi, Pakistan for two tours in the 1950s and 1960s when Herbert served as a Foreign Service officer with USAID. After graduating with the Class of 1935 from Robert E. Lee High School in Staunton Virginia, Jeanne attended James Madison University (then the State Normal and Industrial School for Women) in Harrisonburg and later completed her BA at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She worked as a homemaker, at the American Red Cross, and also as a substitute teacher, and was active in local and national politics She was a long time member of the First Baptist Church of The City of Washington, where she and Herb were married, and was a member of Emmaus United Church of Christ in Vienna, Virginia that she attended with children and grandchildren. She particularly enjoyed returning to First Baptist when Jimmy Carter was president and a member of the congregation, as she was a great admirer of his presidency and values. Jeanne was a lifelong Democrat and an ardent advocate of civil rights, voting rights, women's rights and gay rights. Locally, she fought for quality and equal education. Jeanne was also a dedicated Anglophile and loved British literature and history and took several tours of England and Scotland during her life. Jeanne had a lifelong love of the beauty in nature, a value that she instilled in her children. She was an avid birdwatcher and enjoyed nature hikes at Great Falls and was a member of the C&O hiking club well into her late 70's. She expressed this love, among other ways, as a published poet. She was keenly intelligent, widely read, kind, humorous, charitable, sometimes irascible, and always strong-willed in everything she did, and with everyone with whom she came into contact. No exceptions. She touched many lives. She will be greatly missed. There will be a celebration of Jeanne's life on Saturday March 16 at 1 p.m. at the Emmaus United Church of Christ, 900 Maple Avenue East, Vienna, Virginia. Remembrances can be expressed as flowers or in contributions to her granddaughter Sarah Linder's fund for the Three Day for the Cure [www.the3day.org/goto/slinder].


Published in The Washington Post from Mar. 12 to Mar. 14, 2013
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