Mabel Stockton Merchant, 71, a retired lawyer with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office who had served in the Navy during World War II, died of cancer Aug. 25 at her home in Annapolis.

Mrs. Merchant was a native of Tennessee and a 1940 graduate of George Washington University law school. She worked in San Francisco and Washington for the Agriculture and War departments and the Federal Security Agency before entering the Navy in 1944.

She owned and operated a rooming house business in Washington for 20 years before joining the Patent Office in 1966. She retired in 1981.

She lived in Alexandria, where her hobbies included gardening, before moving to Annapolis last year.

Mrs. Merchant was a member of the Divine Science Church of the Healing Christ in Washington.

Her marriage to Edward Merchant ended in divorce.

Survivors include one son, William Merchant of Oregon City; one daughter, Elizabeth Knack of Annapolis, and two sisters, Marge Douthitt of Darlington, Pa., and Ruth Adkins of Union City, Tenn.


64, a retired board chairman of the McCrea Equipment Co. in Marlow Heights, died of cancer Aug. 25 at the Hospice of Northern Virginia. She lived in Arlington.

Miss Major was born in Mount Holly, Va. She graduated from the old Columbus University. She moved to the Washington area in 1941 and went to work for McCrea, a heating and air conditioning equipment firm. She became an officer in the company in the 1960s and retired in 1984.

She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Falls Church.

Survivors include three sisters, Mary M. Comerford and Sadye K. Major, both of Arlington, and Eileen Lewis of Kinsale, Va., and one brother, Charles D. Major of Hyattsville.


48, a retired Marine Corps colonel and a former military assistant to the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, died Aug. 26 at his home in Alexandria after a heart attack.

Col. Raymond was born in Walla Walla, Wash. He graduated from the University of Washington.

He was commissioned in the Marine Corps in 1961 and had served two tours in Vietnam. In 1983, he was a staff officer with naval forces during the invasion of Grenada. He was transferred to Washington in 1984 and retired in July of this year.

His military decorations included two Legions of Merit, three Bronze Star medals and the Meritorious Service Medal.

He was a member of the Army & Navy Club.

Survivors include his wife, Carol Raymond, and two children, Nicole and Jason Raymond, all of Alexandria, and his mother, Vivian Raymond of Salem, Ore.


81, a retired diamond merchant who was a member of Ohr Kodesh Congregation in Chevy Chase, died Aug. 26 at Holy Cross Hospital. He had a heart ailment.

Mr. Wimbourne, who lived in Silver Spring, was born in London. In 1952, he came to this country and settled in New York City, where he joined Joseph Sonnenberg & Co., a family business. He retired from that business in 1980 and moved to the Washington area.

After moving here, he sold unset stones to local jewelry establishments before retiring again last year.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Elizabeth Wimbourne of Silver Spring; two sons, Stephen, of Chicago, and Richard, of Montauk, N.Y.; one daughter, Gillian Davis of Kent, England; one brother, Morris Ellis of Hove, England, and one sister, Ross Coker of Weybridge, England.


81, a retired administrative assistant with the D.C. Education Association, died of cancer Aug. 19 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. She lived in Washington.

Mrs. Hannon was born in Lenni, Pa. She graduated from the Philadelphia Business College. She moved to the Washington area in 1935 and worked for the Reconstruction Finance Corp. from 1940 to 1956. For the next six years, she was employed by the D.C. Education Association. She retired in 1962.

She was a past president of the Emerald Isle Division of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. She was a member of the Women's Board of Providence Hospital and the Reginas, the ladies auxiliary of Knights of Columbus Council No. 224.

Her husband, George J. Hannon, died in 1981. Survivors include one daughter, Mary Margaret Kelhart of Falls Church; two sons, George Joseph Hannon Jr. of Palm Beach, Fla., and Richard C. Hannon of McLean; one sister, Dorothy Preston of Springfield, Pa., and four grandchildren.


68, a Washington area resident for 40 years and an office manager for her husband's practice in pediatric ophthalmology, died Aug. 25 at the Washington Hospital Center after a heart attack. She lived in Washington.

Mrs. Parks was born in Cleveland. She graduated from Ursuline College in Ohio and earned a master's degree in dietetics at St. Louis University in Missouri. She moved to the Washington area in 1947 and had worked in her husband's medical practice since then.

She was a member of the American Dietetic Association and Annunciation Catholic Church. She also was a member of the Congressional Country Club.

Survivors include her husband, Dr. Marshall Miller Parks of Washington; five sons, John M. Parks of Dallas, James M. Parks of Duluth, Minn., Mark E. Parks of Washington, Paul B. Parks of Cloverdale, Calif., and Philip M. Parks of Hamden, Conn.; five daughters, Gwendolyn M. Carroll of Marietta, Ga., Ann M. Napp of Lake Zurich, Ill., Grace M. Mitchell of West Hartford, Conn., Mary M. Heersink of Dothan, Ala., and Joan M. Whitlow of New Haven, Conn.; two brothers, Joseph J. Miller of Chicago and the Rev. Edmund F. Miller of Cleveland; one sister, Sister Margaret Clare of Cleveland, and 19 grandchildren.