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Jeanne Felts Ifft, 71, of Falls Church, Va., passed away on Sunday (June 5, 2011) from complications following heart bypass surgery at her local hospital.
She was born Dec. 19, 1939, in Delaware, to long-time Delaware math teacher Raymond Felts and Ardith (Cox) Felts. She graduated from Willis High School in Delaware in 1958, where she was co-valedictorian of her class. In 1962, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in English from Ohio Wesleyan University. At OWU, Jeanne was an officer in Delta Gamma sorority and president of Mortar Board Honor Society. She earned an M.A. in English from Ohio State University and taught English from 1962 to 1967 at Upper Arlington High School in Columbus, where she also sponsored the yearbook.
In 1967, Jeanne married Dr. Edward Ifft of Butler, Pa., and the couple moved to Falls Church, Va. Prior to starting a family, Jeanne worked for the MITRE Corporation in McLean, Va. She lived for extended periods in Vienna, Austria, and Geneva, Switzerland, while her husband was working in arms control negotiations. She devoted much of her life to her family and chose to raise her two children as a loving and dedicated homemaker.
Jeanne was a talented pianist with a lifelong love of music, and served as an accompanist and organist throughout Delaware during her time as a resident. Following in her mother’s footsteps, she had a passion for genealogy and became a member of the Delaware chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). She later served as an officer in the Falls Church, Va., chapter of the DAR. She combined her love of literature, family and genealogy by writing several short stories based on her family research. Jeanne was also very active in her local neighborhood association and her children’s schools. After growing up in William Street United Methodist Church in Delaware, she became a leader of several women’s groups at her local Methodist church in Virginia.
Jeanne is survived by her husband of 44 years, Dr. Edward Ifft of Falls Church, Va., and by a son, John Ifft, of Fairfax, Va., and daughter, Sharon Ifft, of Falls Church. She also has many remaining relatives throughout Central Ohio.
A funeral will be held on Sunday, June 12 at Murphy Funeral Home in Falls Church, Va. (703-533-0341). She will be interred at Oak Grove Cemetery in Delaware later this summer.
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