Columbus philanthropist and public servant Anne "Nancy" Kittredge Jeffrey died Nov. 8 at the age of 88 at her home.

She was known for confronting significant social issues, including homelessness and mental illness. She was involved in a significant number of local organizations that tackled those issues and served as president of the United Way of Central Ohio. She also helped found the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board and the Community Shelter Board.

Jeffrey, born in Hudson, New York, moved to Columbus after meeting her husband Robert H. "Tad" Jeffrey, a well-known businessman and philanthropist who died in 2016. They were married in 1951.

Her friends said Jeffrey believed that everyone should be treated with dignity.

During her activism, Jeffrey also turned her joy of cooking and entertaining guests into a Bexley cookware store called Good Things. The store closed in the early 1980s.

One of her favorite things, her family noted in her obituary, was playing board games with her grandchildren.

Jeffrey recently funded the creation of the Washington Gladden Social Justice Park. The Downtown park honors Columbus' social justice leaders and was Jeffrey's way of honoring her late husband, she said in previous The Columbus Dispatch articles.

She provided leadership in many other Columbus organizations including the Columbus Foundation, Metropolitan Human Services Commission, Capital South Urban Redevelopment Corporation, Action for Children, Columbus and Franklin County Housing Commission, Columbus School for Girls, the Ohio State University-Harding Hospital and Friends of Green Lawn Cemetery, according to her obituary.

She is survived by her four children, 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Her obituary states services will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 8 at First Congregation Church Downtown, followed by a reception, with the Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens officiating. A private burial will take place at Green Lawn Cemetery.

Contributions may be made in Nancy's memory to Green Lawn Cemetery, 1000 Greenlawn Ave., Columbus, OH 43223; Columbus School for Girls, 56 S. Columbia Ave., Columbus, OH 43209; the Psychiatry Center of Excellence Fund (Fund 315367) at the Ohio State University, 1480 W. Lane Ave., Columbus, OH 43221; or Washington Gladden Social Justice Park Fund, c/o the Columbus Foundation, 1234 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43205.

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