Mary T. Chambliss, agricultural service officer

Mary T. Chambliss, 70, an administrator in the U.S. Agriculture Department’s Foreign Agricultural Service, died of cancer Jan. 8 at Mount Vernon Hospital in Alexandria. She lived in Alexandria.

Her son, Dean Chambliss, confirmed her death.

Mary Lewis Teaford was born in Roanoke. She graduated from Roanoke College in 1964 and received a master’s degree in government from George Washington University in 1968.

In 2006, she retired from the Foreign Agricultural Service after 40 years of federal employment, all with the Agriculture Department, except for a few years with the State Department’s International Development Cooperation Agency.

In 2002 and 2003, she received international honor awards from the Foreign Agricultural Service.

Her husband of 33 years, Samuel E. Chambliss, died in 2000.

Survivors include a son, Dean T. Chambliss, of Geneva; and three grandsons.

— Bart Barnes

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