Annie P. Belcher, 89, a retired statistical clerk at the Department of Labor who was active in community affairs in Arlington, died of cardiac arrest Monday at Sibley Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Belcher was born in Louisa, Va., and moved to Washington at an early age. She was a statistical clerk at the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the Labor Department from 1940 until her retirement in 1960. She received the agency's Superior Performance Award in 1958.
Mrs. Belcher's community work in Arlington, where she lived for more than 50 years, included membership on the board of the Arlington Community Chest for 16 years and three years on its executive committee. She also was a trustee of the Arlington Health and Welfare Council for 20 years.
She was a founder of the Veterans Memorial Branch of the Y.M.C.A. and fund committee. Under her guidance, the committee raised more than $100,000 for a swimming pool, which was opened at the "Y" in 1964.
Mrs. Belcher was a life member of the National Council of Negro Women, cochairman of the Arlington Centennial Celebration on Sept. 7, 1946, a member of the League of Women Voters, the Arlington Council of United Church Women, and chairman of the Negro Selective Service Committee for Recreation during World War II. In 1953, she was named "Woman of the Year" by the Virginia State Federation of Colored Women's Clubs. She helped organize the Head Start program at Drew Elementary School in Arlington in the 1960s.
She was a member of the Lomax A.M.E. Zion Church in Arlington.
Her husband, William W. Belcher Sr., died in 1974.
Survivors include two sons, William W. Jr., of Washington, and Harold P. Sr., of Silver Spring; a sister, Betty W. Smith of Washington; nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Arthritis Foundation.