MARY CATHERINE JENNINGS-HOLDEN
Mary Catherine Jennings-Holden died at Harmar Place in Marietta, Ohio on December 23, 2012. She was born in Parkersburg, West Virginia to John T. and Katherine McDonough Jennings on July 1, 1916. She was a graduate of Parkersburg High School and Marietta College where she was the first Queen of the May. She received a Masters Degree from American University in Washington, DC.She began her career as a teacher in Parkersburg. She worked with the Girl Scouts of America in New York City. She next moved to Washington with the Department of HEW. She was posted at the US Embassy in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as the Social Welfare Attache' for 12 years. Following that tour, she continued her work in Washington. She was a world traveler in her career as well as her personal enjoyment. She was a passenger on the first voyage of the RMS Queen Mary following her rehab from a troop ship in World War II. She was involved in many organizations which promoted education and human rights. She was a member of St. Dominic's Catholic Church in Washington. During her retirement, she met and married John B. Holden. They continued an active travel schedule visiting friends and family around the globe. Her husband preceded her in death. She also was preceded in death by her brother, John T. Jennings and her sister, Eleanor J. Thomas.She is survived by her nieces, Katie McGlynn and Mary Thorson of Marietta, Ohio, their children and grandchildren; step children, JB Holden, Jr.(Carol) of Dallas, Texas, Peggy Thuotte(Jerry)of Port Ludlow, Washington, and Chuck Holden(Regina) of Delaplane, Virginia, their children and grandchildren.She had the love and friendship of many wonderful caregivers during the last part of her life.Mary Catherine donated her body to science. Memorial Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Donations may be made to a charity of one's choice.
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Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 11, 2013.