Pauline Elizabeth Jennings
A private family memorial service will be held for Pauline Elizabeth Jennings. She was born in Vivian, Louisiana on September 10, 1922 and passed away in her sleep March 12, 2013, in Ruston, Louisiana after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.
Pauline was the daughter of the late Jack and Eva Riley, of Minden. She was a 1938 graduate of Mooringsport High School. She attended Louisiana Tech and graduated from East Texas State Teachers College in 1942 with a BA degree in English and Education with minors in French and History. She was a reporter and editor for Marshall, Texas newspapers during the war before accepting a position as correspondent with the Australian News which took her to New York City in 1944. She was married in 1946 to Charles Salyer Jennings, a journalist and intelligence analyst for the US Government. They traveled abroad living in Great Britian and Egypt before returning to the US in 1954 with her husband and three young children. After settling in Chevy Chase, Maryland with her family in 1956, she taught high school English until she obtained a position as managing editor of the Journal of the American Junior Red Cross magazine. She was widowed in 1961 and was then offered the position of her late husband as a news editor for US News and World Magazine which she accepted. After her youngest child left for college, Pauline bought a home in her beloved Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington DC within walking distance to her US News office. She was a member of the American News Women’s Club. She was an outspoken critic of the war in Vietnam, of which her son was a decorated veteran who later worked in the campaign of Eugene McCarthy. She was active in obtaining equal pay for female employees at US News. She took early retirement from US News in 1978 to return to Louisiana to help care for her widowed father. After retirement, Pauline maintained her homes in Foggy Bottom and in Minden, Louisiana, traveling between the two, pursuing her many interests. She studied at George Washington University, participated in Elder Hostel education travel, investigating her family’s genealogy and other historical interests including contributing an article to the North Louisiana Historical Review about the founders of the Germantown colony near Minden. She enjoyed traveling and visited Great Britain, Ireland, Africa and Australia. In addition to acting as docent at the Smithsonian Institute and doing research at the Library of Congress, she volunteered as an AARP tax consultant for senior citizens. She took up beekeeping as a hobby on the family homestead in Minden producing honey for several years. She was actively involved in local politics in Minden particularly concerning the Minden Airport. In her last years she lived for a short time near Coatesville, Pennsylvania, with her younger daughter, Katie, before returning to Louisiana to reside with her other daughter, Susan , in Vienna, Louisiana. As her disease progressed, she was cared for by the wonderful staff of Princeton Place in Ruston and Hospice of Caring Hearts.
Ms. Jennings was predeceased by her only son, Charles Riley Jennings of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Survivors include her daughters, Susan Jennings Kirbow of Vienna, Louisiana and Katie Knecht of Coatesville, Pennsylvania as well as their husbands, Steve Kirbow and Peter Knecht; three grandchildren, Charles Aron Kirbow of Ruston, Rosalie Knecht of New York City , and Rastus Knecht of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and one great-grandson Severin Kirbow, of Vienna, Louisiana.
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