Jacqueline Rana, 86, a Parisian who settled in Howard County after World War II and managed her first husband’s law office in Ellicott City from the late 1950s to late 1960s, died Feb. 3 at the Somerford Place Alzheimer’s care center in Columbia. She had dementia.
Mrs. Rana, a Clarksville resident, taught French at the private Glenelg Country School in Ellicott City in the mid-1960s and did freelance work as a French and German translator over the years.
Jacqueline Marchal was born in Paris and received nursing training as a young woman. As a young woman, she also served in the French army in Indochina; she later wrote unpublished novels about her experiences during the 1940s.
She settled in the Washington area after marrying an American soldier, Roy Emery. The marriage ended in divorce.
She was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church in Clarksville. She lived in and restored two 18th-century homes in Howard County that became part of a state tour of historic residences.
Survivors include her husband of 35 years, Riaz Rana of Clarksville; three children from her first marriage, Ariane Emery of Charlottesville, Lynn EmeryBowen of Annapolis and Christopher Emery of Odenton; two stepdaughters, Natasha Gajewski of Princeton, N. J., and Holly Bosshard of Hendersonville, N.C.; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
— Adam Bernstein