Mary W. Russell


Mary W. Russell, 82, a longtime Washington resident who served on the board of trustees of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral in the District and did volunteer work for charitable organizations, died of pneumonia June 25 at a retirement home in Valley Cottage, N.Y.

Mrs. Russell, who lived in New York since 1997, was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, where her parents were members of the country's nobility.

Her father, Nicholas Woyevodsky, was the air attache of the czar's London Embassy, and her mother, Mary Woyevodsky, formerly Countess Perovsky-Petrovo-Solovovo, was lady-in-waiting to the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia.

Mrs. Russell and her husband, Ned, formerly London bureau chief of the New York Herald Tribune, came to Washington in 1949. After his death in 1956, she became involved in local charities. She was a member of the All Hallows Guild of Washington National Cathedral.

She also helped to raise funds for political campaigns and humanitarian causes and worked as a volunteer in the White House social secretary's office for former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy.

She leaves no immediate survivors.

M. Ronald Epstein


M. Ronald Epstein, 67, a former electrical contractor who retired in 1980 after about 10 years as owner and operator of Spring Electric Supply Co. in Silver Spring, died of cancer June 22 at his home in Annapolis.

Mr. Epstein, a native Washingtonian and former Silver Spring resident, lived in Annapolis for the past 15 years.

During the Korean War, he served in Korea with the 101st Airborne and with the Army Security Agency. His military honors included the Bronze Star.

He was a member of the Fleet Reserve Club in Annapolis, the 501st Army Security Agency and the Annapolis Elks Lodge.

He was a power-boat enthusiast who enjoyed fishing and being on the water.

His first wife, June Epstein, died in 1978.

Survivors include his wife, Jane Duvall of Annapolis; three children from his first marriage, Gary Epstein of Potomac, Kenny Epstein of Silver Spring and Donna Cole of Edgewater; a brother, Sidney Epstein of Washington; and two grandchildren.

Georgiana Elizabeth Griffin

Systems Analyst

Georgiana Elizabeth Griffin, 74, a retired government systems analyst who had been active in volunteer work, died June 25 at Washington Hospital Center. She had bone cancer.

Mrs. Griffin, a native and resident of Forestville, was a graduate of Seat Pleasant High School. She worked for the Census Bureau for 26 years before retiring in 1980.

She had been active in the women's booster club of the Forestville Boys Club. For her volunteer work, she received a woman-of-the-year award from the town of Forestville.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Frederick H., of Forestville; two sons, Frederick Jr., of Hickory, N.C., and Edward F., of Eufaula, Ala.; a daughter, Sherrie Lee Myers of Dunkirk; three sisters, Beverly Pearson of Edgewater, Agnes Lee of Forestville and Jessie McNeil of Marlton; and five grandsons.

Charles E. Orton

Real Estate Executive

Charles E. Orton, 79, a former property manager who worked about 20 years for Shannon & Luchs in Washington before retiring in 1982 as vice president of office leasing and management, died of congestive heart failure June 25 at Holy Cross Hospital.

Mr. Orton, who lived in Silver Spring, was born in Mount Olive, N.C., and reared in Washington, where he graduated from Eastern High School and American University.

During World War II, he served in the 251st Chemical Composite Supply Detachment in the Pacific. His military honors included the Bronze Star.

He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a member of the Disabled American Veterans.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Gloria S. Orton of Silver Spring; four children, Karen Garrett of Portsmouth, Va., and Cheryl Toomy, Diane West and Charles A. Orton, all of Silver Spring; and eight grandchildren.

Allen Montague Ferry

Army Lawyer

Allen Montague Ferry, 54, a lawyer for the Army Corps of Engineers since 1972, died of a ruptured aorta June 25 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He lived in Fairfax.

Mr. Ferry, a Washington native, was a graduate of Houghton College in New York and a 1969 graduate of American University law school.

Before becoming a civilian Army lawyer, he had been an associate in the Washington practice of Russell Morton Brown.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn, and two daughters, Michele and Marcia Ferry, all of Fairfax; and two sisters, Patricia Hignett of Weaverville, N.C., and Alexis Ann Ferry of Virginia Beach.

Arthur Lyman Wright II

Business Owner

Arthur Lyman Wright II, 53, an Arlington resident who since 1992 owned and operated Insty Prints in Alexandria, died June 24 at Arlington Hospital after a heart attack.

Mr. Lyman, who lived in Arlington since 1986, was a native of Elmira, N.Y.

Mr. Lyman attended the University of Rochester and worked about 12 years as an operations manager for Rolm Telecommunications in Richmond and later in Washington.

Survivors include a brother, John Alan Wright of Elmira, and three sisters, Joan Esther Wright of Ohio, Ann Elizabeth Marks of Richmond and Helen Patricia Friends of Elmira.

Margaret Ellen Padgett

Church Member

Margaret Ellen Padgett, 90, a Philadelphia native who had lived in the Washington area since the mid-1930s and who was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Hillcrest Heights, died of renal failure June 24 at Georgetown University Hospital. She lived in Hillcrest Heights.

Her husband of 29 years, Thomas R. Padgett, died in 1965.

Survivors include two sons, Richard D., of Bowie, and Thomas J., of Arlington; a daughter, Faye Padgett Duggan of Alexandria; three sisters, Catherine M. Fahey of Hillcrest Heights, Marie Richmond of Temple Hills and Marie Lee of Clearfield, Pa.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.