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Marilyn Alley Jonnes '47

On Friday, March 28, 2014, Marilyn Alley Jonnes died peacefully in her sleep. Born in Omaha, Nebraska, she was a graduate of Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where she met her husband of 67 years, Lloyd Jonnes '49, a returning World War II vet. They were married in Atlanta, Georgia, while there on work-study organizing labor unions. They moved to Switzerland, where their children Denis, Michael and Jill were born and they embarked on a long life of government service, first with the Marshall Plan and then with USAID in postings from Libya to Paris to Saigon to Indonesia. She had wonderful joie de vivre, enjoying overseas adventures, delighting in new cultures, always hospitable, cheerful, devoted to her family, many dear friends, and the family cats Tinker, Penny, and finally Dewey. All her adult life, she was an avid letter-writer corresponding with friends and family around the world In 1970, Doc and Lyn, as they were known, settled in Washington DC, where Marilyn worked for the Investor Research Responsibility Center for a decade, was an enthusiastic and active volunteer at the National Gallery of Art, and an ardent lifelong Democrat. These were busy years of travel, birding, camping, a book club, grandchildren, and happily welcoming a constant stream of house guests to their DC townhouse in Adams Morgan. She will be deeply missed by her husband, children, their spouses, and four grandchildren - Nathaniel, Gwyneth, Hilary, and Elisha, her sister-in-law Beverly Jonnes '55, and nieces and nephews. We enjoyed her intelligence, good humor, famous Christmas cookies, convivial meals, love of art, art museums, books, and movies, popcorn, fresh corn on the cob, and ice cream sundaes at diners. But above all, we will miss her kindness, generosity, her curiosity and her deep interest in the world around her that made her so beloved. A Celebration of her Life will be held at DACOR Bacon House in Washington, DC, on Friday, June 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. The family invites her friends and colleagues to join us.