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Mary Jane “MJ” Felix Smedley ’43

Mary Jane “MJ” Felix Smedley ’43, a mother who loved horticulture and music, died Aug. 15, 2016, at Penncrest Farm in Middletown Township, Pa. She was 94.

MJ graduated from Swarthmore in 1943 and also attended a summer program at Stanford University. She married Walter Smedley Jr. on June 5, 1943. An enthusiastic gardener, MJ was a member of Mill Creek Valley Garden Club and a patron of Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College. She studied horticulture at the Barnes Foundation and taught outdoor education in the Rose Tree School District at Ridley Creek State Park, in Media, Pa. She was a longtime member of the Little Egg Harbor Yacht Club in Beach Haven, N.J.; the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society; and the Church of the Redeemer, serving on the flower guild for several decades. She supported the Philadelphia Orchestra and Planned Parenthood.


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