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Obituary: Marian Joyce Lennox

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Marian Joyce Lennox

Lennox, Marian Joyce

Marian Joyce Lennox (Ballentine), 87, of Beltsville, MD, died May 27, 2021, with her daughter by her side.

She was born to the late Francis Kennedy Anderson and Clemence Lenore Dobbins, September 11, 1933, in St. Louis, MO. After her father’s death, Marian was adopted by her stepfather, Ralph Ballentine. Marian graduated from Massachusetts Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Boston, in 1956 and served as an RN in various settings including Prince George’s Memorial Hospital in Cheverly, MD, and most recently with the office of Dr. Yibas of Greenbelt Pediatrics in Greenbelt, MD.

She married Herbert Lennox in 1956, and they lived in Groton, CT for seven years before relocating to Beltsville. Marian is survived by three children: Holly del Pino (Andres) of New Freedom, PA, Wayne Lennox of York, PA, and Todd Lennox (Debra) of Owego, NY. She is also survived by eight grandchildren: William Lennox (Megan), Kendall Snow (Brennan), Sara DiDonato (Alex), Cristopher del Pino, Bethany Lennox, Ethan Lennox, Blair Lennox, and Jackson Lennox and six great-grandchildren: Langdon DiDonato, Henry DiDonato, Mary Snow, Lucy Snow, Ryan Lennox, and Alex Lennox. Marian was predeceased by her husband in 1992 and son Mark Lennox in 2016, as well as her brother John Ballentine and sister Martha Ballentine.

Marian loved her poodles, breeding and showing them in obedience training events. She was a skilled knitter and crocheter – everyone had potholders and dishrags from Grandma and they will now be treasured more than ever. She and her husband, Herb, loved to go dancing and travel in the years they were together. In more recent years, Marian enjoyed keeping up with family and friends via phone and computer and faithfully cared for her last poodle, Jake.

Interment will be private at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. The family requests, instead of flowers, that memorial donations be made to the Canine Training Association (CTA), 6826 Distribution Drive, Beltsville, MD 20705.

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