~~Janet Rodes Hester of Princeton, New Jersey died peacefully at her home, September 29, 2017 surrounded by her family. She was born in Rockford, Illinois to General Peter Powell and Janet Rodes. She was the elder sister to Bette Powell Baldwin and Martha McKeever who predeceased her. She graduated from the University of Kentucky where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma.She shared a long and happy marriage to James McNaughton Hester former president of New York University, The United Nations University,The New York Botanical Garden, and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. They lived in New York City and Princeton, New Jersey. She is survived by her three daughters :Janet Gerrish (Campbell) ,Meg Giroux (Paul) and Martha Stafford (Philip.) She is also survived by seven grandchildren, one great grandchild and many nieces and nephews. Lovely to look at, kind, gracious, charming and fun, she was beloved by all. A talented hostess, artist, flower arranger, she loved a good dancer and a dry martini. In addition to being a former president of the Cosmopolitan club, she was a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, mother, mother-in-law, aunt, grandmother and friend. She will live in our hearts forever and be missed by all. At the end of their lives both our parents developed Parkinson's disease. We ask in lieu of flowers that donations be made in Janet’s memory to The Michael J. Fox Foundation, Grand Central Station, PO Box 4777, New York, NY 10163.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.
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