Dorothy M. Francis, homemaker

February 21

Dorothy M. Francis, who did administrative work for the American Lung Association and the University of Virginia, died Feb. 10 at the Capital Caring hospice in Arlington County. She was 86 and lived in Herndon, Va.

She had Merkel cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer, said her daughter Laura Pether.

Mrs. Francis did part-time administrative work for the American Lung Association and the University of Virginia’s Office of Continuing Education from the late 1970s until she moved to Orlando in 1982.

She then did administrative work for colleges in Florida and North Carolina — Valencia College in Orlando and Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, N.C. — before retiring in 1999. In 2006, she returned to the Washington area and settled Herndon.

Dorothy May Berkey was born in Gary, Ind. She moved to Washington in 1947 to take a position at the old Capital Airlines, where she worked for three years as an airline reservationist at Reagan National Airport.

A former resident of Annandale, Va., Mrs. Francis was a member of the Falls Church Woman’s Club and volunteered at the Northern Virginia Training Center, a support organization for those with disabilities. She was also a volunteer mentor to children in Fairfax County’s BeFriend-A-Child program.

Her husband of 39 years, Curtis Francis, died in 1988.

Survivors include three daughters, Laura Pether of Sarasota, Fla., Rebecca Huffman of Hickory and Kathleen Bower of Fairfax; three grandsons; and two great-grandchildren.

— Megan McDonough

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