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Passed away peacefully on August 25, 2014, at the Capital Caring Halquist Memorial hospice in Arlington, Virginia, surrounded by her family. She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Cesar A. Orantes of Alexandria, Virginia; her devoted children and their spouses Diana and Ralph Embree of Fairfax, Pierre and Teresa Orantes of Jacksonville FL, and Sandra and Kirk Jones of Colorado Springs; grandchildren, Erik, Dan, Sara, Justin, Nicole, and Alex; and relatives in Canada, Guatemala and the U.S. Andrée was born on April 23, 1920, in the village of St. Anselme, Québec, Canada, to Dr. Etienne and Yvonne Perrault. She was one of eight siblings, who all predeceased her. Her family's deep roots in Québec date to the 1600s. Andrée moved from Québec City to Washington, DC. in 1946 to work for the Belgian Embassy. It was here that she met her husband who was stationed at the Embassy of Guatemala. They married in 1949 in Québec City. Since 1950 they have maintained their residence in the DC metropolitan area, living for the last 54 years in the Fort Hunt area of Alexandria. Andrée's facility for languages led to her working for a number of years in the languages department at Intelsat, where she revelled in the opportunity to travel around the world. She later worked for the World Bank. Andrée was an avid gardener who spent many hours tending and enjoying her backyard garden, which was a haven for birds, rabbits, turtles and deer. For many years she was an active member of the French Circle, an informal gathering of Northern Virginia French speakers.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday September 12, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 8710 Mt. Vernon Memorial Hwy, Alexandria VA 22309. Interment in St. Anselme, Canada, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Capital Caring, 2900 Telestar Court, Falls Church VA 22042.

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Published in The Washington Post on Sep. 7, 2014.
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January 1, 2015
Diana and family, I am just now learning of your loss. I am so sorry.
With love and heartfelt condolences, Nancy in Richmond
nancy r
September 8, 2014
All stories have three parts, a beginning, a middle, and an end. And although this is the way all stories unfold, I still can't believe that ours didn't go on forever. In our time together, you claimed a special place in my heart, one I will carry with me forever. I love you Mamita. <3
Teresa Orantes
September 8, 2014
Always gracious, engaging and ready with an understanding smile, we know her family will miss her so. We are thinking of all of you.
Penny & Dan
September 7, 2014
Our loving memories of you will help us during the years ahead. You will always be in our hearts.

I love you.
Sandy Jones
September 7, 2014
Kirk Jones
September 7, 2014
The garden of your love continues to flower through our family and friendships. BonVoyage.
September 7, 2014
I miss you every day.
September 7, 2014
I love you Mamita. I know I will be with you once again.
Pierre Orantes
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