Mary E. Worthington Bailey

Clerk and Church Member

Mary Elizabeth Worthington Bailey, 74, a lifelong Washington resident who retired in 1982 after about 20 years as a clerk typist with the Commerce Department, died of cancer July 6 at her home.

Mrs. Bailey attended Atlantic Business College and was a longtime member of Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington. She sang in the church's Comforting Choir and was a Sunday school assistant and a volunteer in groups that provided food and other services to the needy.

She served as a Shiloh delegate to the Progressive Baptist National Convention in 1968 and 1971, and in 1996, she was named Shiloh's Mother of the Year.

She also did volunteer work for American Red Cross blood drives and was active in a District chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons.

Her husband, Joseph Bailey Sr., died in 1982. Survivors include four sons, Joseph Bailey of New York, and Robert Bailey, Roland Bailey and John Bailey, all of Washington; four daughters, Carolyn Brown, Agnes Lewis, Geneva Bailey and Rosanna Bailey, all of Washington; 24 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Helen Bryan Gillen


Helen Bryan Gillen, 83, who was a secretary with the Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons International Association in Washington for 12 years until retiring in 1982, died of cardiac arrest July 8 at Washington Hospital Center. She lived in Kensington.

Mrs. Gillen was a Pennsylvania native who moved to the Washington area in 1954.

She was a member of the Sodality at Holy Redeemer Parish in Kensington.

Her husband, Joseph T. Gillen, died in 1968.

Survivors include four sons, Joseph E. Gillen of Potomac, Dennis B. Gillen of Gaithersburg, Eugene M. Gillen of Stuart, Fla., and Christopher R. Gillen of Kensington; three daughters, Eileen Biava and M. Kathleen Gillen, both of Gaithersburg, and Maureen A. Gillen of Potomac; and 14 grandchildren.

Antoinette Yvonne Hairston


Antoinette Yvonne Hairston, 59, a former teacher and coordinator of a program for gifted students at McGogney Elementary School in Washington, died of cancer July 4 at George Washington University Hospital. She lived in the District.

Ms. Hairston had served on McGogney's faculty for 31 years before retiring in January. She taught second grade and coordinated the school's gifted and talented program.

She was a North Carolina native and a graduate of Winston-Salem State University. She received a master's degree in early childhood education from North Carolina A&T State University and taught in North Carolina public schools for five years.

She was a charter member of the nondenominational Rhema Christian Center in Washington.

Survivors include a daughter, Shawn Duncan of Washington; three brothers; and three sisters.