Her message of peace will live on, friends and family say.
“Jeanne put Dayton on the map for thousands of people around the world,” said Vicki Thompson, a former president of Friendship Force of Dayton. “We have lost a friend, and Dayton has lost an ambassador of great grace, but the legacy of her passion for peace continues.”
Mrs. Comer has been honored as one of the Dayton Daily News’ Ten Top Women and was presented with the Rosalind Carter Friendship Force Lifetime Achievement award in London, England, in 2000. She is represented in the Dayton Walk of Fame in the Wright Dunbar district and was especially proud of the Peace Pole that stands at Deeds’ Point, near RiverScape MetroPark, that was donated by Friendship Force of Dayton. She had a smaller version at her home.
Mrs. Comer was born in Omaha, Neb., and was married to her husband Orville for 69 years. She worked as an executive secretary for Northrop Gruman for 18 years before retiring.
“One positive impact she had on all of us was to make us much more aware globally, aware of the plight of other people around the world, aware of our blessings, aware that we share a common bond,” said Judy Imparato, one of Mrs. Comer’s eight children, speaking on behalf of the family.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight at Tobias Funeral Home, Far Hills Chapel, 5471 Far Hills Ave at Rahn Road in Kettering. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations to the Friendship Force, P.O.Box 291992, Dayton, OH 45429 or to SICSA, 2600 Wilmington Pike, Kettering, 45429.