Florence C. DeOrnellas, volunteer

January 24, 2013

Florence C. DeOrnellas, 88, who did extensive volunteer work with Washington-area groups supporting the disadvantaged, died Jan. 8 at her home in Fairfax City.

She had pneumonia, said her daughter Anne DeOrnellas.

Mrs. DeOrnellas volunteered with So Others Might Eat (SOME) and other groups that provide food or short-term housing to the needy. She also volunteered with HOPE in Northern Virginia, a support organization for pregnant women, and on the social action committee at Saint Mary of Sorrows Catholic Church in Fairfax County. In the 1950s, she participated in civil rights activism and other social justice causes.

Florence Mary Joan Camarco was born in Bradford, Pa. As a young woman, she did secretarial work for the CIA. She settled in the Washington area in the 1970s after accompanying her husband on Foreign Service postings in Latin America and Sri Lanka.

Her husband of 50 years, John L. DeOrnellas, died in 2003. Survivors include seven children, Maria Galligan of Fairfax Station, Cecile Rundlett of Herndon, Joseph Michael DeOrnellas of Laurel, Anne DeOrnellas of Falls Church, John A. DeOrnellas of Fairfax City, Thomas DeOrnellas of Springfield and Marguerite Benedetto of Fairfax County; two sisters; 20 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

— Emily Langer

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