Eleanor Young Loomis, 82, and her sister, Minerva Young May, 87, both of whom died as a result of an automobile accident in Laytonsville on Oct. 4, were natives of Minnesota and residents of Washington.
Montgomery County Police said the two were passengers in a car that went through a stop sign at the intersection of Brink Road and Maryland Rte. 108 and collided with another vehicle. Mrs. May was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident and Mrs. Loomis died at the Shock-Trauma Center in Baltimore later that day.
Mrs. Loomis was a graduate of the University of Minnesota. Following the death of her husband, Myron Loomis, in the mid-1930s, she became active in consumer marketing projects in Minnesota. She also had a newspaper column and radio and later television programs on consumer affairs.
Mrs. Loomis worked for several government agencies, was a state 4-H agent in Minnesota, and was an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota at St. Paul before coming to Washington in 1975 to live with her sister, Mrs. May.
Mrs. May had lived in this area since World War I, residing in Chevy Chase and then moving to the Kennedy-Warren apartments in Washington in the early 1970s. Her husband, Jerome May, died about eight years ago.
Mrs. May had been a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Washington.
The sisters had traveled together on annual cruise trips during the winter months since 1962.
They leave no immediate survivors.