Ruth F. Deal, Northern Virginia volunteer, dies at 90

August 26, 2013

Ruth F. Deal, who did wide-ranging volunteer work in Northern Virginia, died July 18 at the Sunrise assisted living community in McLean. She was 90.

The cause was cardiac arrest, said her daughter Georgia Deal.

Mrs. Deal volunteered at St. John Academy in McLean and McLean High School during her children’s education and was active with local Girls Scout and Boys Scout troops. She also volunteered with Meals on Wheels and numerous Catholic organizations, including the women’s council at St. John the Beloved Church in McLean.

Ruth Florence McFarland was born in New York City, where she received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hunter College in 1944. Upon graduation, she joined the Navy and served with the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service, or WAVES.

She was posted to the office of the chief of naval operations in Washington, where she met her husband. During World War II, their postings included an assignment in Rio de Janeiro. Mrs. Deal and her husband returned to the Washington area in 1960 and settled in McLean.

Her husband of 55 years, George E. Deal, died in 2001. Survivors include six children, Joan Eklund of Centreville, Georgia Deal of University Park, Sharon Deal of Charlottesville, Va., Frank Deal of New York City, Susan Ward of Los Gatos, Calif., and Marylise Cobey of Fredericksburg, Va.; a sister; and 11 grandchildren.

— Emily Langer