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Janice Phillips Gentry

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Gail Ryan
and Janice Phillips Gentry
at DHS 35th Reunion, 2001.

Janice in 1966

February 14, 1948

January 30, 2003

Lee Gentry
5105 Summit Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

To our dear friends:

I did not want to intrude on the holidays and therefore did not pass the following information around at that time.

My bride of 34+ years passed away after a brief struggle with cancer on Thursday, January 30th. We had just returned from a long anticipated trip to China in November and she complained of a "back spasm." Walter Reed emergency room personnel diagnosed her as having adenocarcinoma of unknown primary on 25 November 2002. It had already spread to her spine and other bones, and to her liver and spleen. She fought the good fight undergoing many radiation treatments and two chemotherapy cycles, but just last Sunday the oncologist told her it had spread further. We came home to hospice care and she passed in peace, free from pain, in my company. I truly miss her.

A memorial service and celebration of Janice's life will be held at the Cherrydale United Methodist Church, 3701 Lorcom Lane, Arlington, VA, on Wednesday, 5 February 2003, at 4:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Janice's memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 124 Park Street, SE, Vienna, VA 22180, or to the Hospices of the National Capital Region, 9300 Lee Highway, Suite 500, Fairfax, VA 22031.

I promise to reopen communications in the near future. I just wanted you to know that we turned to each other and had no energy to communicate our battle with this terrible disease.

Keeping the faith,
Lee Gentry


Sunday, February 2, 2003; Page C10

Janice Phillips Gentry

Janice Leona Phillips Gentry, 54, who spent the past decade as coordinator of adult education programs for Arlington County schools, died Jan. 30 at her home in Fairfax. She had cancer.

Mrs. Gentry was a Baltimore native and attended George Mason University. She accompanied her husband on his military assignments before settling in the Washington area in 1985.

She was an administrative assistant at George Mason's principal assessment center until 1993.

Survivors include her husband of 34 years, retired Army Lt. Col. Lee Gentry of Fairfax; three children, Landon W. Gentry of Scotts Valley, Calif., Scott A. Gentry of Denver and Erin L. Gentry of Lawrenceburg, Tenn.; her parents, Paul and Bertha Phillips of Baltimore; two brothers, Thomas Phillips of Sparks, Md., and Stephen Phillips of Belcamp, Md.; and two sisters, Ruth Jordan of Baltimore and Beverly Phillips of Belcamp.

From The Dundalk Eagle


George Mason University


Department of the Army, Fort Holabird
Taipei American School, Taipe, Taiwan
George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
Currently, Coordinator of Adult Education, Arlington Public Schools, Arlington, Virginia... I have been doing this for over six years. 


Married Lee W. Gentry in 1968. He was in the Army and we lived many places over the next twenty years. Lee is now retired and working for a company called SAIC. We have been married over 31 years.


Landon Gentry, 1970 Scott Gentry, 1974 Erin Gentry, 1976


Jacob Mutter, son of daughter Erin 1997


Travel, travel, travel. Love to read and listen to books on tape.


Still best friend with Gail Ryan. Still married after 33 years.


Gail and Janice are going to London for a weekend in December. Boy are we having fun. We went to Mexico City for our 50th birthdays.

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