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Friday, February 11, 2005; Page B08

Mary B. Torres Insurance Agent

Mary Bodnar Torres, 81, a retired Washington insurance agent and office manager, died Feb. 4 at an assisted-care facility in Hopkinton, Mass. She had Alzheimer's disease.

Mrs. Torres was a longtime District resident who moved to Hopkinton in August.

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She was born and raised on a family farm in what is now part of St. Mary's City in Southern Maryland. During World War II, she moved to Washington to take secretarial courses at what is now Strayer University.

She worked as a secretary for insurance companies before her marriage in 1950. She later worked about 20 years for Meritor Savings Bank in Washington and its predecessor financial organizations before retiring in the mid-1980s.

She was a member of the sodality of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Chevy Chase.

Her husband, Jesse J. Torres, died in 2003 after 53 years of marriage. A daughter, Martha Fell, died in 1989.

Survivors include five children, Anna Marie Murphy of Medfield, Mass., Carmen Torres of Arlington, Mass., Elena Carroll of Alexandria, Laura Thompson of Taos, N.M., and Matthew Torres of Catonsville, Md.; a sister; and eight grandchildren.

Mary Evelyn Townes Navy Wife, Homemaker

Mary Evelyn Dougherty Townes, 83, a Navy wife and resident of Alexandria for the past 35 years, died Jan. 16 of lymphoma cancer at her home.

She was born in Three Rivers, Mich., where she and her twin sister graduated from high school in 1939. She worked for an insurance agency in Chicago before joining the Navy in 1943. As a WAVE, she had tours of duty in Indiana, Minnesota, Hawaii and Florida. In 1947, she married a career naval aviator.

As a Navy wife, she established homes for her family in nine cities in the United States and overseas. She raised five children and enjoyed being involved in the official and social activities of a military wife.

In Alexandria, she was active in the Riverside Garden Club, the Northern Virginia Naval Officers' Wives Book Club, the Mount Vernon chapter of Quilters Unlimited and the Mount Vernon Naval Officers' Wives coffee group. She was a member of and volunteer with Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Alexandria. She also volunteered at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in Alexandria.

Survivors include her husband of 58 years, retired Capt. John W. Townes Jr.; five children, Marilyn T. Woods of Colorado Springs, Rear Adm. John W. Townes III of Millington, Tenn., Barbara A. Townes of Virginia Beach, Patricia K. Townes of Sterling and Mary T. Neumann of Elizabeth, Colo.; two sisters; and seven grandchildren.

Stephen L. Athey Real Estate Developer

Stephen L. Athey, 54, a real estate developer and former Warrenton Town Council member, died of cardiac arrest Feb. 5 at Inova Fairfax Hospital.

Mr. Athey started his own company, Capitol Properties Inc., in 1986.


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