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Of Bethesda, Maryland passed peacefully on September 8, 2012 at her home in Carderock Springs, Maryland. Ms. Nelli was in her 92nd year and is survived by her younger sister, Margaret M. Rumsey, of Ithaca, New York. Born on November 8, 1920 in Danby, New York, Ms. Nelli graduated from Ithaca High School in 1937, and she continued her education at Keuka College in Penn Yan, New York, Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, and Hills Business College in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. After working for the U.S. Air Force both stateside and in Wiesbaden, Germany, and with the U.S. Department of State in Rome, Italy, Ms. Nelli settled in Washington, DC in 1958 with her late, former husband, Frank Nelli. She eventually retired in 1980 after 32 years of dedicated service to the U.S. Department of State and the Agency for International Development (USAID); and she remained active for many years with her colleagues as a USAID alumna. Also active in her community, Ms. Nelli volunteered at the cooperative market and gave her time listening to and assisting many. She inspired excellence and demonstrated quiet service in all she did and for those she met. Marian is, and will be, missed by her extended family and dear friends. A private service will be held in Ithaca, New York.

Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 8, 2012
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