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Jean Constance Hefner
Service: January 6, 2017 (Friday) at 2:00 p.m.
Location: Asbury Methodist Village Guild Memorial Chapel, 211 Russell Ave., Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Jean Constance Hefner, 92, of Gaithersburg, Maryland passed away peacefully at Asbury Methodist Village on December 4, 2016.  She was born on February 14, 1924, in Roanoke, Virginia, the daughter of the late Ethel May and J.P. Kendle.  Jean grew up in St. Albans, West Virginia and completed five years of study at Marshall University.

Jean amused and delighted thousands over the years with her alter-personality as Trampis the Clown.  Trampis did not speak, but was still able to communicate with those around him and bring smiles and joy.  Jean was an expert at portraying Trampis as a non-speaking clown, even when meeting the President of the United States.  She was a member of Clowns of America International, Inc., and Alley 6 Kapitol Klowns, from which she received a lifetime achievement award.

Jean was an avid traveler.  She did more than just sight-see and always made sure to fully experience each place she visited.  Her travels took her worldwide to places such as Australia, South Africa, Russia, China, Israel, and Europe.

For many years, Jean was active in the life, leadership, and ministry of Woodside United Methodist Church in Silver Spring, Maryland.  She was president of the Woodside United Methodist Women, the Asbury Methodist Village Guild, and the Wesley Seminary Guild.  She was chairperson for the Woodside Fair and lay representative to the annual Baltimore Washington Methodist Conference.  Jean was on the Sibley Hospital Board of Trustees and the Montgomery County YWCA board.  She volunteered at the Wesley Theological Seminary and for many years hosted the Wesley Guild membership Christmas Tea at the home of the president of Wesley Theological Seminary.  Jean served as president of the Women's Club of Silver Spring, the Sibley Hospital Women's Guild, and the Church Women United of Eastern Montgomery County, and was also a member of the Montgomery County Republican Club.  Jean was an early sponsor of the Wesley Theological Seminary Dadian Gallery.  She supported the arts and endowed an art exhibit at the gallery every three years.

Jean was well known for her fashion-forward colorful clothes, turbans, and accessories.  She was one of those special women that always looked great in any color.

Jean is survived by her husband of 66 years, Thomas Reeder Hefner.  She was preceded in death by her daughter, Constance Sheridan Hefner, in 1991.

A memorial service will be held on January 6, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at Asbury Methodist Village Guild Memorial Chapel, 211 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877.  A reception will follow.  Private interment will be held in St. Albans, West Virginia.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jean's memory to the Asbury Methodist Village Foundation Benevolent Care Fund, 201 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877.

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