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STOCKARD NADENE JOHNS STOCKARD February 15, 1916 - October 12, 2013 Born in Norman, Oklahoma in 1916, and raised in Mineral Wells, Texas, Nadene Johns Stockard completed her rich and wonderful life of 97 years at her home on October 12th. Always dedicated to learning, she was the first of her family to graduate from college. After graduating from Mary Hardin-Baylor College, she taught high school in Liberty Hill, Texas, and worked at Southern Methodist University before moving to Washington, DC. There she married James G. Stockard, whom she met when they both taught in Liberty Hill. While their children were in the Arlington public schools, she and her husband devoted themselves to their family and to the movement for improvement and development of the Arlington County school system. In the 1960s, Nadene took a position with USAID creating educational programs for health and medical students from developing nations to study in the US. In this role she traveled to developing countries around the world at a time when it was unusual for a woman to be doing so. She served as the face of the United States for many of these students, welcoming them and encouraging their studies. After her retirement, she focused much of her time on studying and collecting antique glass and perfume bottles, becoming an expert on these artistic and cultural objects and writing and lecturing on the topic. Nadene was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, James Goodman Stockard, and is survived by her son Jim, Jr. and his wife Susan, her daughter Ruth Flynn, her daughter Janet and husband Louis de Merode, by 10 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and the wonderful aides whose loving care allowed her to remain in her home for the last decade, Marleny Rivera, Lianna Esheverra, and Elda Flores. The funeral and burial were held privately 10/17/13. A celebration of Nadene's life will occur at a later date. Donations in her memory may be made to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor or Capital Caring Hospice in Falls Church, VA. Full obituary at www.dignitymemorial.com/national-memorial-park.
Published in The Washington Post on Oct. 31, 2013