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Of Gaithersburg, MD, died on July 6, 2018, just nine days before her 94th birthday. Gerry was the daughter of the late Judge Stanley Francis Dunn and Molly Cronin Dunn. She graduated from Cornell University with a BA in English and was a life-long member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.
Gerry was predeceased by many beloved family members...notably her husband, George Riley Jennings, her sister, brother, and nephew. Gerry is survived by seven children and their families - George and Sandy (KS), Molly (ME), Peter and Janice (NC), Deanie and Mike Kennedy (MD), Amy and Joe Taylor (SC), Michael and Karen Jennings (ID) and Susan and David Ford (MD)-and many wonderful grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Gerry lived an extraordinary life of service to the United States. As part of a diplomatic husband-wife team, Gerry lived in post-war Germany, Haiti, Panama, the Dominican Republic, and Paraguay. In the line of duty, Gerry moved the Jennings household multiple times, enthusiastically embracing the diverse cultures, music, customs, and language of each country. Gerry truly was an ambassador of peace and goodwill.
A force of nature, Gerry was devoted to her family, being present for them regardless of time or distance. She will be remembered for her endless curiosity, adventurous spirit, indomitable energy, and sharp wit. She found her peace outside in nature or in a library.
Underlying Gerry's whole life was a passionate commitment to children, social justice, and environmental health. A lifelong learner and teacher, Gerry dedicated herself to many volunteer responsibilities - for example, she was a child advocate at CASA, taught English as a second language professionally, and led English conversation classes at the Gaithersburg Library until age 90. She was passionate about reading the Washington Post cover to cover, and completing every crossword puzzle.
A celebration of Gerry Jennings' remarkable life will be held 3 p.m., Sunday, July 15 at Asbury Methodist Village, Guild Memorial Chapel, 211 Russell Ave, Gaithersburg, MD. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood, or Save the Children.

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Published in The Washington Post from July 12 to July 13, 2018