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 in Delaware to long-time Delaware math teacher Raymond Felts and Ardith (Cox) Felts. She graduated from Willis High School in 1958, and from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1962, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in English and was an officer in Delta Gamma sorority. 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 and the couple moved to Falls Church, Va. Prior to starting a family, Jeanne worked for the MITRE Corporation. She lived for extended periods in Vienna, Austria and Geneva, Switzerland while her husband was working in arms control negotiations.
Jeanne enjoyed literature, music and genealogy. She was a member of the Delaware chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and later served as an officer in the Falls Church, Va., chapter of the DAR. 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.; a son, John Ifft of Fairfax, Va.; and daughter, Sharon Ifft of Falls Church. She also has many remaining relatives throughout Central Ohio.
Although a funeral service was held in Virginia on June 12, Jeanne will be interred in Delaware this week. Visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, July 22, at Robinson Funeral Home with a graveside service immediately following at Oak Grove Cemetery with the Rev. Sharon Beattie officiating. A reception with light refreshments will follow from 1:45 to 4 p.m. in the Terrace Room at Willow Brook Christian Village, 100 Willow Brook Way South, Delaware. All are welcome at the visitation, graveside service and reception.