83, a lawyer by training who worked on Capitol Hill for 38 years before retiring in 1969 as chief of the House of Representatives' committee reporters, died Dec. 12 at the Fernwood House nursing home in Bethesda. She had Alzheimer's disease.

Mrs. Eccles, who lived in Chevy Chase, was a native of Louisiana. She attended Louisiana State University and received a law degree at the old Cumberland University in Tennessee.

She moved here and went to work on Capitol Hill in 1931. She served on the staffs of Rep. J.B. Shannon (D-Mo.) and Rep. Edward Eugene Cox (D-Ga.) before 1948, when she became a shorthand committee reporter with the old House Committee on Un-American Activities.

Her husband, Byron Eccles, died in 1974. Survivors include a son, James, of Austin, Tex.; two daughters, Joan Ward of Bel Air, Md., and Althea Wallace of Potomac; a brother, Andre Arceneaux of Indianapolis; 12 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.


61, who owned and operated Jimmy's Crab House in Landover from 1963 until 1980 when he sold the restaurant and retired, died Dec. 12 at Doctor's Hospital of Prince George's County. He had cancer.

Mr. Errera, who lived in Greenbelt, was a native of Washington. He served in the Merchant Marine during World War II and the Korean War. After spending three years in the Army, he became a teletype operator with the old Weather Bureau in 1956. He worked there until 1963.

His marriage to Tonnett Errera ended in divorce.

Survivors include a son, Mardy D., of Greenbelt; two daughters, Robin M. Foster of Edgewater, Md., and Lisa D. Errera of Greenbelt; a brother, Irven, of Adelphi; two sisters, Adella Weisman of Silver Spring and Marie Sinker of Bethesda, and two grandchildren.


81, a retired lobbyist with labor and retiree organizations, died of congestive heart failure Dec. 11 at a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He lived in Pompano Beach, Fla.

Mr. McGuire, who moved from the Washington area to Florida two years ago, was born in New York City. He represented labor organizations in the New York area before moving here in 1967.

In later years, his clients included the Retired Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union, the International Union of Police Associations and Concerned Seniors for Better Government. He retired in 1985.

His wife Kay McGuire died in 1963. Survivors include one brother, Charles McGuire of New York City, and one sister, Marie Gitto of Pompano Beach.


83, a Washington area resident since 1983 who was a Mason and a retired forester from New York, died of renal failure Dec. 10 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. He lived in Frederick.

Mr. Weight was a native of

Pitcairn, Pa., and a graduate of North Carolina State University in Raleigh. He worked for the New York State Conservation Department before retiring and moving to the Washington area.

His wife, Nina Beaver Weight, died in 1983. Survivors include two sons, Dr. Forrest F. Weight Jr. of Frederick, and David N. Weight of Hyattsville; three sisters, Dorothy Grubbs of Morris, Pa., Lillian Sargent of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Audrey Smith of Mechanicsburg, Pa., and four grandchildren.


30, a former area resident and 1975 graduate of Suitland High School who had lived and worked in New England since 1979, died Dec. 11 at a hospital in Hanover, N.H. She had myasthenia gravis, a neurologic disorder.

Miss Braley, who lived in Concord, Vt., was born in St. Albans, N.Y. She lived in Forestville from 1962 to 1979. After graduating from Suitland High School, where she lettered in track and basketball, she graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore in 1979. She then moved to New England, where she worked as a housewright, restoring old houses.

Survivors include her parents, Georgia W. and retired Marine Corps Capt. Charles A. Braley III of Springfield, Va.; a brother, Ralph W., of Middletown, Conn., and a grandmother, Adeline Braley of New Bedford, Mass.


57, a retired supervisor of the finance and accounting section of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, died of cancer Dec. 10 at her home in Laurel.

Mrs. Purden was born in New Market, Va. She joined the physics laboratory in 1962 as a senior clerk. She retired this year.

She was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Laurel.

Survivors include her husband, Maurice E. Purden of Laurel; one daughter, Sharon Traino of Ellicott City; one brother, William Bushong of Rome, Pa.; one sister, Margaret Holsinger of Broadway, Va., and six grandchildren.


87, an area resident since 1922 who was a former teacher, Capitol Hill staff member and church volunteer, died Dec. 12 at her home in the Fernwood House nursing home in Bethesda. She had Parkinson's disease.

Mrs. Darner was born in Norton, Va., and grew up in Gate City, Va. She attended Radford College in Radford, Va., and the old St. Hilda's Hall in West Virginia. She taught public school in Scott County, Va., for two years before moving to the Washington area.

During the early 1920s, she worked on Capitol Hill. In the mid-1920s, she married Francis William Darner, and she accompanied him to his posts with the U.S. Customs Service in Central America and Puerto Rico. They returned to Washington in 1932. Mr. Darner died in 1958.

She did volunteer work with the Red Cross Gray Ladies, then in the 1950s she was a secretary and volunteer worker with Christ Episcopal Church in Georgetown.

Survivors include two daughters, Josephine Darner of Rockville and Sally Whelden Nicholas of McLean; four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.


73, a private real estate investor and manager here since the early 1940s who was active in volunteer work, died of congestive heart failure Dec. 12 at Arlington Hospital. He lived in Arlington.

Mr. Washburn was born in Urbana, Ill., and came to the Washington area in 1920. He was a graduate of the old Western High School and attended American University.

He had been active in Alcoholics Anonymous for the past 21 years, speaking before groups at churches and schools. He had served on the board of what is now Phoenix House, an Arlington halfway house, and on the board of a Fairfax house for runaway children.

Survivors include his wife, Lansing H., of Arlington; two sons, Peter, of St. Thomas, V.I., and Geoffrey, of Great Falls; one daughter, Ann Washburn-Hillman of Denver; one sister, Barbara Barney of Bellview, Wash., and three grandchilden.


74, a retired government employe who had lived in the Washington area since 1935, died Dec. 11 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. She had a liver ailment.

She was a purchasing agent with the U.S. Agriculture Department from 1935 to 1946. She was an administrative aide, working with medical research grants, in the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, where she worked for 13 years before retiring in 1975.

Mrs. Fischer, who lived in Washington, was a native of Philadelphia. She was an auxiliary policewoman during World War II and had done volunteer work as a Red Cross Gray Lady at several area hospitals.

Her marriage to Dr. Andrew E. Fischer ended in divorce.

Survivors include a brother, Joseph W. Prager of East Liverpool, Ohio.


62, who was a printer and proofreader with the U.S. Government Printing Office for the past 22 years, died Dec. 12 at Fairfax Hospital after surgery for a heart ailment. She lived in Arlington.

Miss Latsch was born in Wisconsin and raised in Michigan. She attended what is now Western Michigan University. She moved here in 1965 from Oklahoma City, where she had been a printer. During her years with the GPO, she worked on the Congressional Record.

She leaves no immediate survivors.


64, a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Oxon Hill and the Martha chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star in Washington, died Dec. 12 at the Southern Maryland Hospital Center. She had cancer.

Mrs. McCune, who lived in Oxon Hill, was a native of Smithfield, Pa. She moved here in the early 1950s.

Survivors include her husband, Jerrold M., of Oxon Hill; two daughters, Marsha Cramer of Oxon Hill and Melody D'Arienzo of Laurel, and three grandchildren.