Ann Morales

Ann Kieswetter Morales A resident of the Ingleside of Rock Creek CCRC in Washington, DC, passed away on August 19, 2021 at the age of 84, after a long battle with dementia and a shorter one with cancer.

She grew up in Manhasset Long, Island, NY, a member of the Manhasset High School class of 1954, attended Vassar college, majoring in economics, and Johns Hopkins University, and her two main jobs were in Washington, DC with the State Department and the International Development Bank (IDB).

After college she went to work for the Latin-American bureau of the Agency for International Development (AID). Later on, around 1969, she left AID and went to work for The Interamerican Development Bank (IDB), where she married her boss, Cecilio Morales, an Argentinian, and gained two step-children, Christian and Maria Elena. IDB didn’t allow this type of business relationship, so Ann went over to an agency called the American Institute for Free Labor Development (AIFLD).

Cecilio passed away in 1980 and some years later she reestablished a relationship with an old friend, Rice Odell, a writer for the Washington Daily News and an editor of the Conservation Foundation newsletter.

After Ann retired in 1999, and was able to become more active in her church. She worked on a team with others each year to organize the annual church bazaar as a way of raising funds to support social justice and action causes, all the while donating generously to deserving organizations. She served on a pastoral search committee, was an usher and deacon, took part in Middle East committee conversations and study groups and more. She would come to the church on Monday mornings to tidy up the sanctuary and to mail out hard copies of the church bulletin and of sermon manuscripts to people who were unable to come to church in person as a way of including them. And her offers to proofread sermons were accepted by head minister Tim Tutt.

Ann and Rice eventually planned to move to the Ingleside of Rock Creek, where her mother, Martha, had spent several active years until 2004. But unfortunately, Rice passed away in February of 2015, so she moved in by herself and became active in the community, workings on committees and volunteering for various events.

She leaves behind a brother, Chico Kieswetter, of Sarasota, Florida and his son, John, of Montville, New Jersey, her two step-children, Maria Elena of Tallahassee, Florida and Christian, of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Maria Elena’s son, Fred, as well as Rice’s two children, Denise and Colin, both of Washington, DC.  Donations may be made to Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ in Bethesda, MD.

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