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Friday, December 12, 2008

Mary 'Dusty' Jarema CIA Editor

Mary "Dusty" Jarema, 87, who edited reports for the Central Intelligence Agency from 1969 to 1985, died Nov. 17 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. She had congestive heart failure.

Mrs. Jarema was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Vienna, her town of residence.

She did volunteer work at the church, delivered food for Meals on Wheels and sewed quilts for sick and abused children through Project Linus.

Mary Helen Dustin was a native of McAlester, Okla., where she attended business school.

During World War II, she did secretarial work for the War Production Board in Washington and at Camp Croft, an Army post in Spartanburg, S.C., where her husband was stationed.

In the mid-1960s, she accompanied her husband on his CIA assignment to Greece.

She enjoyed playing bridge and attending high school theater productions.

Her husband, Frank "Jerry" Jarema, whom she married in 1943, died in 1990.

Survivors include two children, John B. Jarema of Wake Forest, N.C., and Mary J. Darling of Rockville; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

-- Adam Bernstein

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