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Jeane (McBride) Sterrett

November 10, 2017
Lake Placid News

Jeane McBride Sterrett, a Washington, D.C. native and a summer resident of Lake Placid, passed away on Oct. 15, 2017, in Montgomery County, Maryland, following a cardiac arrest. She was 91 years old.

Jeane McBride was born on Jan. 27, 1926 in Washington, D.C. under the name of Mary Eileen McBride. She later changed her legal name to Jeane McBride. She was the third child of Captain Lewis Bowen McBride, USN, and Susan Barnett Persons McBride.

As a child, she lived in Mexico City, Mexico where her father was US Naval Attache, at U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland where her father taught, and near DuPont Circle in Washington, D.C. She graduated from Madeira School in 1943 in McLean, Virginia, following two years at St. Mary's School in New Hampshire (known now as White Mountain School). In 1947, She graduated from Smith College with a Bachelor of Arts in Government.

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Mrs. Sterrett held multiple jobs during her college years, including working for the American Red Cross, Women's Emergency Farm Service in Lubec, Maine, and Potomac School prior to its relocation to McLean, Virginia. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, she worked for the War Department, Armed Services Security Department, and National Security Agency as a Research Analytic Specialist. Her languages included French, Spanish and Serbo-Croatian.

She married Samuel B. Sterrett on Aug. 27, 1949, at All Souls Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. Mr. Sterrett's father Rev. Henry Hatch Dent Sterrett, retired rector at All Souls, married the couple. The couple then moved to New York City while Mr. Sterrett worked for Internal Revenue Service and received his LLM from New York University.

While living in NYC, she earned a certificate from New York School of Interior Design and was a volunteer with Community Council of Greater New York. The couple returned to the nation's Capital, where they raised three children and multiple dogs and lived in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Mrs. Sterrett was active in multiple community groups, including Junior League, Garden Club and Woman's National Democratic Club.

The couple enjoyed spending their summers and early falls in Lake Placid. The family purchased a home in Lake Placid village in the late 1970s, and have been regular visitors to the Adirondacks ever since.

Mrs. Sterrett was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years Hon. Samuel B. Sterrett (2013) and by her sister Elizabeth Persons McBride Preston (2003).

She is survived by three children: Samuel (Sandy) B. Sterrett Jr., Robin Dent Sterrett and Douglas McBride Sterrett, and by two grandsons: James McBride Sterrett and Henry Meade Sterrett.

A private family service was held on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, followed by a burial nearby at Rock Creek Cemetery, in Washington, D.C.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in memory of Jeane McBride Sterrett may be made to St. Eustace Episcopal Church, 2450 Main Street, Lake Placid, NY 12946.

 
 

 

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