Jeannette Katherine Rockefeller

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Jeannette Katherine Rockefeller (Edris)

Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: Seattle, King County, Washington, United States
Death: Died in Palm Springs, Riverside County, California, United States
Cause of death: Heart failure
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Edris and Francis Edris
Wife of <private> Bartley; Nathan 'Nate' Robert Barragar and unk. Bartley
Ex-wife of Winthrop Aldrich Rockefeller and <private> Barrager
Mother of <private> (Bartley); <private> Bartley; <private> McNeil (Bartley) and <private> Bartley

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About Jeannette Katherine Rockefeller

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

July 13, 1918
Seattle, King County, Washington, United States
December 7, 1997
Age 79
Palm Springs, Riverside County, California, United States