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 Mary Jane <I>Quinby</I> Fonda

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Mary Jane Quinby Fonda

  • Birth 15 Nov 1917
  • Death 29 Sep 2013
  • Burial Kent, King County, Washington, USA
  • Plot Section 9 Site 410
  • Memorial ID 119081607

Longtime Birmingham/ Bloomfield resident Mary Jane Quinby Fonda died September 29, 2013 after a long full life. She died in Cupertino, California, where she and her late husband, James R. Fonda, relocated in 2003. Mary Jane was born in Oklahoma City on November 15, 1917. She grew up primarily in Tulsa, before moving to Houston, where she graduated from San Jacinto High School and then Rice Institute. She worked for Burroughs Corporation in Houston, where she met her future husband who had recently moved from his native Troy, New York. Both families had moved to relatively prosperous Houston to escape the economic woes of the Depression in Oklahoma and upstate New York. Like so many members of the Greatest Generation they next proceeded to World War II. They were married January 10, 1943, and spent their first year of marriage migrating from one Army training base to the next. Mary Jane spent their second anniversary not knowing if her husband was alive, as he was MIA following the Battle of the Bulge. In Spring of 1945 she welcomed him home after his stint as a POW, and soon thereafter they moved to Detroit, the headquarters of Burroughs. Her husband worked for Burroughs his entire career until he retired in 1985. From the time their first son was born in 1948, they lived in the Birmingham/Bloomfield area the entire time, except for a 10 year residence in Akron while he served as Branch Manager. Even during those years she spent much of her time in this area, since both her sons attended Cranbrook. She was particularly devoted to Art, serving as a docent for the Akron Art Institute and then the Detroit Institute of Arts, where she was also long active in the Art to the Schools Program. She is survived by her two sons, James R. Fonda, Jr. of Cupertino, California and Rodney Q. Fonda of Issaquah, Washington, her daughter-in-law Laura Haddad, her beloved grandson Kyle Q. Haddad-Fonda, and eight nieces and nephews. As the last living family member of her generation, Mary Jane was predeceased by her husband (in 2003), her brother J. Rodney Quinby of Houston, and her sister Lucy Quinby Bricker of Bellaire, Texas. She was also predeceased by her daughter-in-law Mary-Ann Fonda. She would have welcomed any memorials in her name to the Detroit Institute of Art.


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  • Created by: Mark Fonda
  • Added: 21 Oct 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 119081607
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Jane Quinby Fonda (15 Nov 1917–29 Sep 2013), Find A Grave Memorial no. 119081607, citing Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, King County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by Mark Fonda (contributor 46845756) .