Mary Aileen "Len" Tennyson

Mary Aileen “Len” Tennyson left this world in the early hours of February 11, 2021. She was born in Baltimore, Maryland on October 23, 1927. She was preceded in death by her father, Edmond Donlan, mother Lucille Shamberger Donlan, her husband of 67 years Charles E. Tennyson, her granddaughters Melanie E. Tennyson, Brenna M. Currie, and her son-in-law Peter F. Jacobs. She is survived by her five children Teresa Jacobs, Jo Ann Currie (Larry), Joe Tennyson (Janet), Kevin Tennyson (Paula), and Brian Tennyson (Sandi); her grandchildren Ben Currie, Michael Tennyson, Nichole Carr, Christopher Tennyson, Caroline Laws, Sydney Tennyson, Julian Tennyson, and Natasha Tennyson. She attended John Hopkins University. She worked as a librarian both in Baltimore MD and Greensboro, NC. She was a water safety instructor and worked at Hickory Farms during the holiday seasons.

She proudly left the workforce to raise her five children. Fond memories her children have are Russian tea and cocoa on cold winter mornings, baking on Tuesdays, decorating cookies at Christmas, gifts on the feast day of St. Nicholas, spontaneous trips to the mountains and beach, and her ability of making each child’s birthday special.

Aileen had many interests that included horseback riding as a youth and sailing with her family. She loved exploring nature. Two of her favorite spots were The Guilford Wildlife Club and the Point at Long Beach. She treasured her many finds and rather than dishes, prominently displayed them in her china cabinet.

She belonged to many groups that supported conservation and nature. She was a lifelong Catholic and financially supported many overseas children’s charities. She volunteered for many years for the MS Society and Hospice. She was a very creative hostess. She loved to host dinner parties. She came up with creative ways to celebrate life with her friends, such as NYLO parties (New Year’s Eve Leftover party), and parties to decorate and undecorate the Christmas tree. She and Charles were members of a bridge club for many years. She was a gifted poet. She was a member of The Greensboro Writers Group and The North Carolina Poetry Society. Her works were published in three books and many literacy journals. She loved to travel with Charles, her children and her good friends. Charles and Aileen treasured traveling with their children and grandchildren to many National Parks. Her favorite city in the world was Paris. She loved to wander the French and English country sides, picnicking on cheese, bread, and a fine wine.

The family would like to thank the ladies who cared for her while she was at home, Sheila, Virginia, Nancy, and Monique. Additionally, we would like to thank the staff at Harmony of Greensboro who cared for her over the past few months.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Friday February 19th at 2:00pm at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the MS Society.

Aileen was a sophisticated and intellectual woman. She enjoyed the finer aspects of life and sharing special moments with those she loved.

Forbis & Dick N. Elm Chapel is assisting the Tennyson family.
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