Esther Stoll Jarratt, 59, a teacher in the elementary grades of the Fairfax County school system since 1969, died June 14 at the Hospice of Northern Virginia. She had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Mrs. Jarratt was on the faculty at Waples Elementary School at the time of her death. Earlier she had taught at Sleepy Hollow Elementary School and other schools.

Last year, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors designated Dec. 13 as Esther Jarratt Day in honor of her contributions to education.

A resident of Fairfax, Mrs. Jarratt was born in New Jersey. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and received a master's degree in education from Salve Regina College in Newport, R.I.

In 1957, she married Guy Jarratt, a Navy officer who retired as a captain. She accompanied him on assignments to various bases in the United States before settling in the Washington area in 1969

Apart from her work as a Fairfax County teacher, Mrs. Jarratt conducted writing workshops and was a member of the Northern Virginia Writers' Workshop at George Mason University. She also was a member of Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda.

In addition to Capt. Jarratt, who lives in Fairfax, survivors include three children, Melanie Wolfe of Vienna, Daniel Jarratt of Greer, S.C., and Frances Jarratt of Greenville, S.C.; her father, Andrew Stoll of Mechanicsburg, Pa.; a sister, Ruth Stoll, also of Mechanicsburg; a brother, Andrew Stoll Jr. of Elizabeth City, N.C.; and three grandchildren.


Agriculture Official

Matthias Prager Homan, 85, a retired Department of Agriculture official who had lived in the Washington area since 1951, died June 11 at the National Hospital for Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation in Arlington. He had prostate cancer.

Mr. Homan, who lived in Arlington, was a New York state native. He was a 1930 agricultural economics graduate at Cornell University.

He worked for the Agriculture Department for 37 years before retiring in 1973 as head of the misbranding section of the Agricultural Marketing Service. He had worked for the Agriculture Department in Chicago before transferring to Washington.

Mr. Homan had served as president of his Cornell class and as historian of the Cornell Club of Washington. He was a member of Calvary Methodist Church in Arlington. His hobbies included tennis.

He was a 32nd-degree Scottish Rite Mason and Medina Temple member. He was a past president of the Triangle Masonic organization at the Agriculture Department.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Charlotte, of Arlington; a son, Franklin J., of Knoxville, Tenn.; two daughters, Judith S. and Joyce T. Homan, both of Issaquah, Wash.; a sister, Mildred Baker of Portland, Ore.; and three grandchildren.


Silver Spring Resident

Clara Mehl Desfor, 83, a Silver Spring resident who had lived in the Washington area since 1979, died June 11 at a hospital in Camden, N.J., as a result of injuries she received in an automobile accident June 6 on the New Jersey Turnpike.

A spokesman for the New Jersey State Police said the car driven by her husband, Max Desfor, ran off the road and struck a center concrete barrier. Police said Mr. Desfor, who was hospitalized, apparently fell asleep at the wheel. The accident occurred about 10 miles from the Delaware state line.

Mrs. Desfor was a New York native and Hunter College graduate and former New York City public school teacher. She had accompanied her husband, who was a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer with the Associated Press, overseas. They lived in Italy, India and, for 15 years, Japan, before settling here.

During her years in Japan, she taught English as a second language to Japanese business executives and helped promote the work of Japanese artists.

In addition to her husband of 59 years, who lives in Silver Spring, survivors include a son, Barry, of Chicago; a sister, Elsie Mehl of New York; and two grandchildren.



Gerda Dahl Treat, 82, a former actress, model and sales manager who retired in the 1960s as a saleswoman with the Elizabeth Arden salon in Washington, died of a stroke June 12 at the Iliff Nursing Home in Dunn Loring. She formerly lived in Annandale.

Mrs. Treat was a native of Oslo. She studied acting at the London Royal Academy of Arts in the 1920s and acted with companies in England and France. She came to the United States in the 1930s and was a dancer and actress with the Ziegfield Follies in New York. She was a fashion model in Paris before World War II.

During the war, Mrs. Treat worked in London for the British Ministry of Information. She settled in Chicago after the war and worked for Elizabeth Arden. In the 1950s, she managed a Revlon cosmetics store in New York.

After moving to Northern Virginia in the early 1960s, she was a saleswoman for Elizabeth Arden for about five years. She lived in Connecticut before returning to this area in the early 1970s.

Her marriage to Ronald Simmons ended in divorce. Her second husband, Roger Treat, died in 1969.

Survivors include two stepchildren, John Treat of Barrington, R.I., and Peter Treat of Marco Island, Fla.; and a half brother, Erik Heiberg of Oslo.


Meeting Manager

Linda Catherine Wood, 57, meeting manager for the National Soft Drink Association, died of cancer June 13 at the Hospice of Northern Virginia.

Ms. Wood had been on the staff of the National Soft Drink Association since 1980. From 1974 to 1980, she was a library aide at Nottingham and Ashlawn elementary schools in Arlington.

A resident of Arlington, she was born in West Plains, Mo., and graduated from the University of Missouri. Later she was an elementary school teacher in California, Ohio and New York. From 1962 to 1964, she was an Alexandria schoolteacher.

Ms. Wood also was a prize-winning spinner and weaver. From 1976 to 1991, she was chairman of the Appalachian Craft Fair, which is sponsored by Arlington Episcopal Churches. Her work had been exhibited at craft fairs in the area, including the Northern Virginia Folk Festival from 1973 to 1993. She was founder of a spinning group and had given spinning and weaving demonstrations.

She was a member of the choir and the Altar Guild at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Arlington.

Her marriage to Stanley M. Pederson ended in divorce.

Survivors include two sons, Mark Pederson of Arlington and Kirk Pederson of Denver; her mother, Rena Wood of West Plains; and three brothers, David Wood of St. Louis, Charles Wood of Helena, Mont., and James Wood of State College, Pa.