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Jenny Reid POMEROY

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POMEROY, Jenny Reid JENNY REID POMEROY Stephanie (Jenny) Virginia Reid Pomeroy, 65, died at Piedmont Hospital Monday, July 15, 2013 after a severe reaction to ant bites. She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Peter C. Pomeroy; her children Anne Berry Butler (Charles) and John Stewart Pomeroy (Virginie), as well as four grandchildren, Madeleine E. Pomeroy, Virginia Reid Pomeroy, Cora C. Butler and Charles (Charlie) B. Butler; her mother Stephanie Berry Reid and her brother Stewart Robert (Bob) Reid, Jr. Her father Stewart R. Reid, Sr. died in January. Jenny was born at Piedmont Hospital in 1948 and grew up in Austell, Ga. After graduating from South Cobb High School, where she was editor of the school paper, salutatorian and voted Most Likely to Succeed, she attended Agnes Scott College for two years before transferring to the University of Georgia and earning a B.S. in psychology. Peter and Jenny met at summer school in Athens; they soon married and settled in Atlanta. They made lasting friendships in their neighborhoods: on Allison Drive, Baker's Farm and Paces West. In the 1970s, Jenny worked at BellSouth, where she managed the Georgia Corporate Education Centers. In 1981, Peter took a transfer to New York City to run the Citizens & Southern Bank office. While living in Bronxville, Jenny focused on raising her children and volunteering at The Reformed Church, Bronxville Elementary School and as a Girl Scout leader. As president of the Junior League of Bronxville during the 1980s, Jenny led the national Violence Against Women in the Movies movement, which garnered attention across the country. Her efforts were highlighted on the front page of The New York Times, in Time magazine, on 20/20 and on Good Morning America. As a result of this movement, all movies for sale or rent are labeled with the Motion Picture Association of America ratings. When the Pomeroys moved back to Atlanta in 1989, they returned to Baker's Farm and Jenny continued to focus on her children and volunteer activities, chairing the Heart Ball and Humane Society Ball in the 1990s. In 1996, with both children away at college, Jenny began serving as President/CEO of Prevent Blindness Georgia. Under her leadership, Prevent Blindness Georgia tripled in service delivery and budget, and, on a national level was distinguished with the Prevent Blindness America Best Practice Award three times. Pomeroy led the advocacy effort to create the Drive for Sight program to fund vision services in Georgia. And, in 2005, she and her excellent team partnered with other non-profits and government organizations to create the Georgia Vision Collaborative. Jenny had a strong vision and led with decisiveness. She was a collaborator who worked for consensus, professionally and personally. At First Presbyterian Church, Jenny served on committees, was an elder and led a Bible study. She fully believed in God's plan and was devoted to doing His work. And she reached out to help others when she could. Jenny was task-driven and creative, which showed in the projects she did for fun ñ knitting, decorating, gardening and entertaining ñ all of which brought satisfaction and joy to her and those around her. But she also enjoyed listening to music and dancing, as well as drinking coffee and visiting with friends. Jenny had a matter-of-fact way of speaking and gave solid advice, often with her dry sense of humor. Always a caring wife, mother, daughter and friend, Jenny provided unconditional love and support to those close to her. She delighted in spending time with her husband and grandchildren at Lake Burton, where her newly planted daylilies and the sunsets she enjoyed will be reminders of her family's enduring love for her. There will be a memorial service on July 31 at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, 1328 Peachtree St., with a reception immediately following. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Prevent Blindness Georgia, 739 West Peachtree Street NW, Suite 200, Atlanta, GA 30308-1137 or online at
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on July 29, 2013
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