Jewell Wilson


Jewell Wilson, 89, a retired State Department publications editor, died of a cardiovascular disorder June 13 at the Bedford Court Nursing Facility in Silver Spring. She was a native of Washington who had lived at Leisure World in Silver Spring since 1977.

For about 20 years until her retirement in 1970, Ms. Wilson worked in State's public affairs bureau, editing a publication of speeches and policies. Earlier, she was a secretary and administrative assistant at organizations and agencies that included the Homeowners Loan Corp., the Federal Home Loan Bank Board and the Economic Cooperation Administration.

She was a 1928 graduate of Western High School.

She leaves no immediate survivors.

Stephen John Kopil

Financial Officer

Stephen John Kopil, 37, chief financial officer for the past two years of the ARC of D.C. organization for disabled persons, died of liver failure June 21 at the Hospice of Northern Virginia. He had cirrhosis.

Mr. Kopil, who lived in Burke, was born in Perth Amboy, N.J. He was a graduate of George Washington University.

He worked for Cathedral Corp. construction company in the 1980s and the William C. Smith & Co. property management firm until 1996.

He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Fairfax.

Survivors include his wife, Holly Ann Kopil, and their daughter, Stephenie Ann Kopil, both of Burke; his parents, Edward F. Kopil and Dorothy Kopil, both of Cherry Hill, N.J.; and three brothers.

William Patrick Adams

Navy Captain

William Patrick Adams, 85, a former Navy captain and World War II veteran who worked as a civilian marine engineer for the Defense Department, died of pneumonia May 24 at Sleepy Hollow Manor Nursing and Convalescent Home in Annandale.

Capt. Adams, who lived in Arlington for 40 years, was a Pennsylvania native who served about 10 years in the Navy, beginning in 1940. In World War II, he served aboard a seaplane tender in battles in the Pacific.

He then switched to the civilian work force, spending about 20 years with Defense before retiring in the mid-1970s.

His wife, Margaret Daly Adams, died in 1978.

Survivors include a daughter, Jane Adams Watts of Bakersfield, Calif.; a sister; two brothers; two grandsons; and a great-grandson.

Viola W. Yowell

Administrative Assistant

Viola W. Yowell, 75, who was an administrative assistant in the State Department's personnel office off and on for 20 years until her retirement in the mid-1980s, died of a heart attack May 24 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Mrs. Yowell, a Vienna resident since the late 1930s, was a native of Greenville, N.C. She did clerical work at the War Department during World War II and later worked as a secretary in the Fairfax County school system.

She was a member of Wesley Methodist Church in Vienna and a volunteer in church groups that assist the disabled.

Her husband, Earl R. Yowell, died in 1951.

Survivors include two children, Mary Anne Barton of Fairfax and Earl R. Yowell Jr. of St. Paul, Minn.; a brother, Jimmie Waters of Vienna; two grandsons; and a great-grandson.