Mary B. "Pickie" Edelen, 86, a retired teacher and principal in the Prince George's County school system who was assigned to Surrattsville Elementary School in Clinton for more than 40 years, died of heart ailments Oct. 14 at Physicians Memorial Hospital in La Plata.

Miss Edelen was a lifelong resident of Bryantown, Md. She graduated from Notre Dame High School there and from what is now Towson State University in Towson.

In 1927, she was appointed a teacher at Surrattsville Elementary. She became principal in 1953, when a new school was opened, and she retired in 1969. (The school was closed some time ago.)

When she retired, Miss Edelen was named the outstanding citizen of southern Prince George's County by the county Board of Trade.

Miss Edelen was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bryantown, the Catholic Daughters of America, the Historical Society of Charles County, Md., the National Society of Colonial Dames, the American Clan Gregor Society and Delta Kappa Delta, a teachers organization.

Survivors include a sister, Gladys E. Williams of Bryantown.



Norman H. Heller, 72, a lawyer who also was a retired lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserves and a veteran of 51 combat missions as a bomber navigator in World War II, died of cancer Oct. 18 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Mr. Heller, who lived in Silver Spring, was born in New York City. He attended New York University and received bachelor's and law degrees from George Washington University.

During World War II, he served in the Army Air Forces and was assigned to B-17 heavy bombers stationed in Italy. When the Air Force became a separate service in 1947, he went into its Reserve, and he was a lieutenant colonel when he retired in 1972.

A resident of the Washington area since the end of the war, Mr. Heller was a U.S. Park police officer for seven years while attending George Washington University. In 1955, he got his law degree and established a general law practice. He had offices in Washington and Wheaton, and he never retired.

Mr. Heller was a past judge advocate general of the Maryland Department of the Reserve Officers Association and a past treasurer of the organization's Montgomery County chapter. He also was a past president of the Forest Grove Citizens Association in Silver Spring.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Frances Levin Heller of Silver Spring; a son, Jay Heller of Gaithersburg; a sister, Muriel Gendleman of Pinehurst, N.C.; and two grandchildren.



Julia Stewart Neill, 77, a retired realtor who had owned and operated Neill Realty in Bethesda, died of a heart ailment Oct. 17 at Georgetown University Hospital.

Mrs. Neill, who lived in Bethesda, was a native of Mississippi. She graduated from Mississippi Southern College for Women and received a master's degree in English from St. Louis University.

She moved to the Washington area in 1938. In 1954 she became a real estate agent for the Dunlop & Walker firm in Washington. In 1962 she established her own business. She retired in 1979 for health reasons.

Mrs. Neill was a member of the real estate boards of Maryland and Washington. She was a board member of the Christ Child Society and a member of So Others May Eat and Our Lady Of Mercy Catholic Church in Potomac.

Survivors include her husband, Dr. James Kirby Neill of Bethesda; six children, Dr. T. Kirby Neill of Lexington, Ky., Stewart Neill of Huntington, N.Y., John Neill of Marion Station, Pa., Charles Neill of Weston, Mass., Teresa Herbert of Maitland, Fla., and Paul Neill of Los Angeles; a sister, Juanita L. Beall of Pass Christian, Miss.; and 16 grandchildren.


IBM Official

Wesley R. Tilton, 74, a retired program and federal marketing manager for International Business Machines Corp., died Oct. 15 at Setton Medical Center in Austin, Tex., after a heart attack.

Mr. Tilton was born in Windom, Kan., and he attended the University of California at Los Angeles. He served in the Navy during World War II.

After the war he moved to Washington and worked for the War Assets Administration and later the Internal Revenue Service before joining IBM in 1948. He retired from IBM in 1974.

A former resident of Crofton, Mr. Tilton moved to New Braunfels, Tex., in 1977.

His marriage to Roseann Tilton ended in divorce.

Survivors include two sons, Steven L. Tilton of Annapolis and Gregory D. Tilton of Crofton; four sisters, Anna May Thompson and Lucille Carpenter, both of Simi, Calif., Doris Tilton of Kansas City, Kan., and Lois Tilton of Kansas City, Mo.; and a granddaughter.



Janice W. Eldridge, 60, a volunteer at Hopkins House, a United Way community service center in Alexandria, died of cancer Oct. 11 at Hospice of Northern Virginia.

Mrs. Eldridge, who lived in Alexandria, was a native of California, where she attended Pomona College.

The wife of an education programs specialist, she first came to the Washington area in the mid-1950s. Over the next 20 years, she and her family lived periodically in this area and in Ghana, Tanzania, South Korea, Okinawa, New York City and Brockport, N.Y.

From 1977 to 1983, she was a conference planner at George Washington University. She then was an art gallery manager at St. John's College in Santa Fe, N.M., before returning here in 1986.

Her marriage to John Eldridge ended in divorce.

Survivors include two daughters, Jane Eldridge Brewster of Alexandria and Laura Eldridge of Arlington, and a grandchild.


Teacher and Principal

Dorothy Knight Lewis, 82, a retired teacher and principal in the Ann Arbor, Mich., public school system and a member of Georgetown Presbyterian Church, died Oct. 10 at Thomas House, a retirement residence in Washington. She had cancer.

Mrs. Lewis was born in Minneapolis. She graduated from the University of Minnesota and received master's degrees in education from the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University.

She moved to Washington in 1982, and she was active in senior citizen programs at St. John's Episcopal Church in Georgetown.

Her husband, Francis W. Ouradnik, died in 1968, and Mrs. Lewis resumed the use of her maiden name.

Survivors include two children, Barbara K. Ouradnik of Norwalk, Conn., and Jean A. Zearley of Washington; and two grandchildren.


Bus Driver

Bernard James Gilmore, 78, a retired Washington bus driver, died of congestive heart failure Oct. 16 at a hospital in Ocala, Fla.

Mr. Gilmore was born in Beckley, W.Va., and moved to the Washington area as a young man. He worked initially as a streetcar operator for Capital Transit.

He served in the Army in Europe during World War II and was awarded a Purple Heart.

He returned to the Washington area after the war and drove buses for Capital Transit, D.C. Transit and finally for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. He retired from Metro in 1977.

A former resident of Silver Spring, he moved to Lady Lake, Fla., in 1987.

Survivors include his wife, Rachel S. Gilmore of Lady Lake; two brothers, Clarence E. Gilmore of Winter Park, Fla., and Jack Gilmore of Logan, W.Va.; and a sister, Blanche Thorpe of Beckley.


Civic Activist

Janie Bryan Witt, 65, a civic activist, died of cancer Oct. 17 at her home in Alexandria.

Mrs. Witt was born in Nashville. She moved to the Washington area from Tennessee in 1954.

She had been secretary of the Old Town Civic Association, a member of the Alexandria Board of Tax Equalization and had been active in the Alexandria Community Y, Historic Alexandria Foundation and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

She had remodeled several old houses in Alexandria.

Survivors include her husband, Hugh E. Witt of Alexandria, and a brother, William J. Bryan of Nashville.


Army Lieutenant Colonel

Alfred Rand Myatt Jr., 81, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who became a military personnel specialist at the Department of the Army, died of a stroke Oct. 16 at his home in Alexandria.

Col. Myatt, who had lived in Alexandria since 1954, was a native of North Carolina. He entered the Army in 1930 and served in the cavalry and later the Army Air Corps before graduating from Atlanta Law School in the mid-1930s.

In 1937 and 1938, he was in the Army Reserve and worked as a lawyer in Newnan, Ga. He then returned to active duty. During World War II, he served in the Pacific.

From 1946 to 1949, he was a legal officer in Germany, where he presided over war crimes trials in Frankfurt. He spent much of the rest of his career as an intelligence officer, with assignments that included duty in Korea. His last assignment was at the Defense Department. He retired from active duty in 1962.

He then went to work as a civilian personnel specialist at the Army Department. He retired a second time in 1978.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Sallie A. Myatt of Alexandria; two daughters, Sallie Klunk of McLean and Suzanna Miller of Woodbridge; a sister, Elizabeth H. Myatt of Phoenix; and six grandchildren.



Louisa Wells Kramer, 85, a retired Washington area orthoptist, a specialist in eye exercises to help correct vision problems, died of pneumonia Oct. 18 at Medlantic Manor nursing center in Sliver Spring.

From the late 1930s until she retired in 1983, Mrs. Kramer worked in the offices of various ophthalmologists in the Washington area. From the early 1970s until she retired, she worked with Dr. Joel S. Gordon in Bethesda.

A resident of Medlantic since 1989, Mrs. Kramer was born in Scotland. Her family moved to the United States when she was baby and she grew up in the Philadelphia area.

In 1933, she came to the Washington area as a research assistant in the department of ophthalmology at George Washington University medical school, and she finished her training there.

With her sister-in-law, Mary E. Kramer, she was the co-author of a textbook, "Clinical Orthoptics."

Mrs. Kramer was a charter member of the American Association of Orthoptists. In 1958, she received the association's Lancaster Memorial Award.

Survivors include her husband, Arnold L. Kramer of Silver Spring; a daughter, Linda Kramer Gray of Gaithersburg; and a brother, Frederick J. Wells of Punta Gorda, Fla.


Systems Analyst

Sheila Hawkins Beckner, 56, a chief computer systems analyst at the CIA's office of medical services, died of cancer Oct. 15 at her home in Middleburg.

Mrs. Beckner was born in Wheeling, W.Va. She moved to the Washington area about 1940 and grew up in Arlington. She graduated from Washington-Lee High School and attended the University of Maryland.

In 1952, she went to work at the CIA as a clerk-typist. She moved to New Jersey in 1957 and returned here in 1971. She then rejoined the CIA as a data processing programmer.

Her marriage to Roger Van Vliet ended in divorce.

Survivors include her husband, Robert O. Beckner of Middleburg; three children from her first marriage, Shelley and Stuart Van Vliet, both of Reston, and John Van Vliet of Harpers Ferry, W.Va.; her parents, Adelaide Hawkins of Arlington and Edward J. Hawkins of Redondo Beach, Calif.; a brother, Don A. Hawkins of Washington; a grandmother, Margaret Mulheran of Arlington; and two grandchildren.


Navy Clerk

Tomas Racho Ramos, 85, a retired Navy Department clerk, died of cancer Oct. 16 at his home in Lothian, Md.

Mr. Ramos was born in Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, in the Philippines. He moved to Chicago in 1928 and worked as a Pullman car attendant until 1942, when he joined the Army. He served in Europe during World War II, then in 1947 moved to Washington and began working at the Navy Department. He retired in 1972.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Washington and had done volunteer work for the American Cancer Society.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Huberte Ponchet Ramos of Lothian, and a daughter, Beatrice Kingsbury of Kensington.



Philomena S. Dezon, 56, a ward clerk at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, died of cancer Oct. 15 at her home in Washington.

Mrs. Dezon was a lifelong resident of Washington and a graduate of Dunbar High School.

She began her government career in the late 1960s, working at St. Elizabeths Hospital. She had been at the Naval Medical Center for about 15 years.

Her marriage to Edward R. Dezon ended in divorce.

Survivors include five children, Victoria Taylor, Debra Dezon, Philomena E. Dezon and Edward R. Dezon Jr., all of Washington, and Darlene Burch of Lanham; her mother, Amanda Smith of Oberlin, Ohio; and seven grandchildren.


IRS Employee

Clara S. Hendrix, 98, a retired Internal Revenue Service clerk and secretary, died of cardiopulmonary arrest Oct. 17 at her home in Alexandria.

Mrs. Hendrix was born in York County, Pa., and moved to the Washington area in 1914. She worked 38 years for the IRS before retiring in 1956.

She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Order of the Eastern Star.

Her husband, A. Thurman Hendrix, died in 1958.

There are no immediate survivors.