Jeannette Katherine Rockefeller (Edris) (1918 - 1997)

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Birthplace: Seattle, King, Washington, United States
Death: Died in Palm Springs, CA, USA
Cause of death: Heart failure
Managed by: Tina
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About Jeannette Katherine Rockefeller (Edris)

Jeannette Edris Rockefeller was a lifelong volunteer and philanthropist and a former First Lady of Arkansas.

A native of Seattle, Rockefeller studied at the University of Washington and Finch College in New York, majoring in psychology. She met Winthrop Rockefeller while working with teen-age drug addicts and mentally ill children in New York, and they married in 1956. Rockefeller took part in a wide variety of public causes while her husband, Winthrop Rockefeller, was in office, transforming the role of First Lady in Arkansas into a public partnership. She was the second wife of Mr. Rockefeller, the first Republican Governor of Arkansas since Reconstruction, who served two terms, from 1967 to 1970. They divorced a year later.

She was an important backer of a Martin Luther King Memorial Service on the State Capitol steps after Dr. King was assassinated in 1968. The rally, attended by thousands of people, helped defuse what might have been a tense situation in the state.

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Jeannette Katherine Rockefeller's Timeline

1918
July 13, 1918
Seattle, King, Washington, United States
1956
June 11, 1956
Age 37
1971
1971
Age 52
1971 divorce
1971
Age 52
1997
December 7, 1997
Age 79
Palm Springs, CA, USA
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