Arens, Mary Jane (MacDe­vitt) Age 89

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Mary Jane (MacDe­vitt) Arens, 89, was born to eter­nal life on Mon­day, 12 De­cem­ber, at 5:30 p.m. She died at her home, which she shared with her daugh­ter, El­iz­a­beth, and grand­daugh­ter, Me­gan. Mary Jane lived a long, full, and very happy life. A na­tive Wash­ing­to­nian, she was a de­scen­dant of one of the set­tlers of Jamestown, Thomas Gas­coigne. Her fa­ther, Thomas MacDe­vitt, was a prom­i­nent builder in Wash­ing­ton. He died in 1929—the year the Great De­pres­sion struck. Mary Jane’s mother, Ada Genevieve Gask­ins, raised her six chil­dren on the lit­tle money that she earned sewing.

Mary Jane at­tended St. Pa­trick’s Academy in Wash­ing­ton and was the

rst co-ed in Catholic Univer­sity’s drama depart­ment. She had wanted to be­come an ac­tress, but fell in love, mar­ried Richard Arens, and de­voted her life to her fam­ily. Mary Jane is sur­vived by their four chil­dren: Margy (Sadler), Jan­ice (Nylin), El­iz­a­beth, and Richard; eight grand­chil­dren, and eight great­grand­chil­dren. She loved them all dearly .

Mary Jane su ered greatly dur­ing her nal years on earth. She could not walk or even stand. Now she is danc­ing with the an­gels.

A fu­neral Mass will be held at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Ashburn, Virginia, on Satur­day De­cem­ber 17 at l:00 pm.

In lieu of ow­ers, the fam­ily re­quests that do­na­tions be made to one of Mary Jane’s fa­vorite char­i­ties: St. Jude’s Chil­dren’s Re­search Hos­pi­tal, PO Box 1000, Dept. 147, Mem­phis, TN 38148-0142; Hu­mane So­ci­ety of Loudoun County, PO Box 777, Lees­burg, VA 20178; or Lit­tle Sis­ters of the Poor, 1503 Michaels Road, Hen­rico, VA 23229—4822.

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