Naldi Poe Klein

Church Volunteer

Naldi Poe Klein, 76, a former teacher and linguist who was secretary of missionary work at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, died July 4 at Crofton Convalescent Center. She had Alzheimer's disease.

Mrs. Klein, whose home was in Annapolis, taught Spanish and English at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in the late 1940s. She was a linguist with what is now the Defense Mapping Service from 1949 to 1950.

Mrs. Klein was a native of Durham, N.C., and a graduate of Duke University.

Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Michael Klein of Annapolis; two sons, David M. Klein of Mount Airy, Md., and Thomas H. Klein of Scaggsville; and four grandchildren.

Fredrika P. `Freddy' BenderChild Care Aide

Fredrika Pratt "Freddy" Bender, 76, an aide at the Kensington Day Care center from 1981 to 1993, died of sepsis July 6 at the Manor Care nursing facility in Chevy Chase. She had suffered a series of strokes.

Mrs. Bender, whose home was in Bethesda, volunteered in a day-care program of the Cabin John Home Study organization. She was a native of Westfield, N.J., and a child development graduate of Vassar College.

She accompanied her husband, John L. Bender, to Foreign Service posts in Manila and Tel Aviv. She had lived in the Washington area off and on since 1950.

In addition to her husband, of Bethesda, survivors include three children, John Frederick Bender of McLean, James Harold Bender of Raleigh, N.C., and Peggy Butler of Hopedale, Mass.; and nine grandchildren. A daughter, Susan Bruch, died a year ago.

Shirley Ann Ashley


Shirley Ann Ashley, 81, a former volunteer with the American Red Cross, died July 2 at Mount Vernon Nursing Center. She had dementia.

Mrs. Ashley, a native of Easton, Minn., accompanied her husband to Marine Corps posts in Guam and China. She had lived in the Washington area off and on since the late 1940s, for the most part in Alexandria.

She was a member of the Marine Corps Officers Wives Association and attended St. Louis Catholic Church in Alexandria.

Her husband, retired Col. Paul H. Ashley, died in March.

Survivors include two children, Stephen Ashley of Chattanooga and Tina Launders of Phoenix; and four grandchildren.

Shermonte Lewis Brooks Jr.

Quality Control Monitor

Shermonte Lewis Brooks Jr., 66, a contractors' quality control monitor in the Patent and Trademark Office since 1955, died of liver cancer July 6 at his home in Kensington.

Mr. Brooks attended Armstrong High School. He was on active duty with the Army for two years and continued in the Reserve until 1984, serving as a senior drill instructor at Fort Belvoir.

His marriages to Delores Sheppard, Margaret Hoes and Jeanette Graves ended in divorce. He was separated from his fourth wife, Beverly Hallums, of Forestville.

Survivors include two children from his third marriage, Cordell Lamont Brooks and Sharon Bullock, both of Temple Hills; a daughter from his fourth marriage, Bonita Brooks of Kensington; two stepdaughters from his fourth marriage, Beverly Johnson of Temple Hills and Catherine Haley of Baltimore; three sisters, Jackie Brooks of Washington, Barbara Wilmore of Pittsburgh and Alicia Gayden of Washington; and two brothers, Alvin Brooks and Eugene Brooks, both of Washington; and six grandchildren.

Elizabeth Myer Hall


Elizabeth Myer Hall, 69, a nurse in the 1950s at the old Garfield Hospital in Washington, died of lung cancer July 6 at her home in Pasadena, Md.

She was born in Columbus, Ohio, and raised in the Washington area. She was a graduate of Falls Church High School and graduated cum laude from the Garfield nursing school.

Mrs. Hall was a former resident of Chevy Chase and a member of the Montgomery County Medical Society auxiliary.

Survivors include her husband, Dr. W. Luther Hall of Pasadena; five children, Pamela H. Shaw of Mountainside, N.J., Sandra M. Hall of Bel Air, Md., Mark C. Hall of Georgetown, Mass., Dr. Jenness E. Hall of Baltimore and Susan M. Meakem of Fayetteville, N.C.; two sisters, Mary Jenness Sandmeyer of Chevy Chase and Margaret M. McFaddin of Fairfax; and six grandchildren.