Paula Jeffries, 86, who served on many committees that aided international diplomats and their families during their stays in Washington, died Dec. 27 at Rivermead Retirement Community in Peterborough, N.H. She had Alzheimer’s disease.
After more than 40 years in Washington, Mrs. Jeffries moved to Marlborough, N.H., after the death of her husband, Donald Jeffries, in 2003.
Mrs. Jeffries settled in Georgetown in 1959. Over the years, she volunteered with many organizations, including theD.C. branch of the YWCA, of which she was a former president, and theMeridian International Center, a nonprofit organization that promotes international cultural understanding. Mrs. Jeffries served on the Meridian Ball Steering Committee for 35 years.
Mrs. Jeffries was an early volunteer for the Hospitality and Information Service, now known as THIS for Diplomats, a nonprofit organization that assists diplomats visiting Washington. She served as president of THIS in the 1970s. She was a longtime member of Georgetown Presbyterian Church.
Paula Goodnow Knight was a native of New York and a 1945 graduate ofMiddlebury College in Vermont. After college, she worked in the personnel office at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the 1950s.
There are no immediate survivors.