Born on November 1, 1921 in York, PA to Adam and Susan Drescher. Jean passed away peacefully on February 8, 2019.
Shortly after birth Jean moved to and was raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Jean loved roller skating as a child and became an avid reader, a hobby she continued throughout her life.
Leaving high school early, Jean began her working career, taking a bus to the Montgomery Ward Atlantic Coast Headquarters building in Baltimore, Maryland where she sorted and handled catalog orders. Catalog sales were a major focus of the company at this time, and the building where Jean worked still stands today, and has been restored and is known as “Montgomery Park”.
Around 1940, Jean’s parents relocated to Cottage City, Maryland as Jean’s father took a job at Judd & Detweiler in Washington, DC. Jean continued her working career learning to be a bookkeeper while at the Capital Garage under the guidance of Florence Schoen who would become Jean’s dearest friend, Maid of Honor at her wedding and GodMother to her only child. Jean then moved along with Florence and continued her bookkeeping career at the House of Stover also in Washington, DC.
In 1946 Jean married Raleigh A. Donley, Jr. in a back yard ceremony at her home in Cottage City, Maryland. This resulted in a marriage that would last 72 years until the passing of her husband in 2018.
Jean joined her husband in forming The Donley Company, a printing company located in Cottage City, Maryland where she managed the office. When The Donley Company was sold Jean then joined her husband as they took over the management of R.A. Donley & Son, Inc., an office supply and office furniture dealership started by her father in law. Jean worked in the office managing the books for that firm until her retirement.
In 1989, Jean joined her husband in retirement and moved to Twin Oak Farm, located outside Shepherdstown, WV. Jean’s love on the farm was taking care of the wild birds making sure they always had plenty of food to make it through the winter. Jean loved walking through the stores in Shepherdstown and always looked forward to the annual book sale where she could collect numerous books to support her hobby of reading.
Jean was a member of the Ladies of the Elks, BPOE Lodge 1778 in Riverdale, Maryland, member of the Pack Horse Ford Chapter, NSDAR, Shepherdstown, West Virginia and served for many years as a volunteer at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, WV, where she could often be seen working in the Gift Shop. Her hospital volunteer work and membership in the DAR were highlights of Jean’s retirement years.
Jean was preceded in death by her husband Raleigh A. Donley. She is survived by one son, Gary Donley, Granddaughter, Wendy Donley, Daughter-In-Law, Linda Layne-Donley, Sister-In-Law Edith Sherman and three nieces as well as a large extended family of relatives.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 15, 2018 at Bethesda United Methodist Church, Molers Cross Roads, Shepherdstown, WV at 10:30 AM with interment to follow at Elmwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Pack Horse Ford Chapter, NSDAR, Attn: Katherine Genung, 938 Tabler Station Road, Inwood, WV 25428 or to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org
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