Vivian L. Vincent
Maid and Church Member
Vivian L. Vincent, 88, who for 30 years was a maid for a number of Washington families before retiring in the early 1970s, died July 27 at a nursing home in Marietta, Ga. She had Alzheimer's disease.
Mrs. Vincent, who was born in Alexandria, moved in April to Georgia from Washington, where she had spent most of her life.
She was a graduate of Armstrong High School and a member of Jones Memorial United Methodist Church in Washington.
Her husband of 37 years, James C. Vincent, died in 1983. Survivors include a stepson, James C. Vincent Jr. of Temple Hills.
Sylvia M. Cook
Educator and Businesswoman
Sylvia M. Cook, 83, a retired Washington businesswoman and former D.C. Public Schools educator, died of leukemia July 31 at Georgetown University Hospital. She was a District native and resident.
Mrs. Cook was a 1932 graduate of Roosevelt High School and a 1936 graduate of Wilson Teachers College.
She was affiliated with the old D.C. Industrial Home School for Abandoned and Delinquent Children from 1937 to 1947. First a teacher, she served as the school's principal from 1943 to 1947.
From 1970 to 1983, Mrs. Cook was active in the family business, A&A Liquors, at 1909 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
During World War II, she was an award-winning War Bonds saleswoman.
Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Harry, of Washington; a son, Michael, of Bethesda; two brothers, Martin Aaronson of Washington and Edward Aaronson of Bethesda; and two grandchildren.
Mary Jo `Tootie' McGowan
Mary Jo "Tootie" McGowan, 52, a volunteer and retired information specialist who was born in Washington then lived her entire life in Prince George's County, died July 31 while walking near her home in Mitchellville. She had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Mrs. McGowan was a 1964 graduate of Elizabeth Seton High School. She was a library science graduate of the University of Maryland, where she also received a master's degree in information services.
She worked for the university's information services department from 1982 to 1985. After that, she worked 10 years with the Prince George's library system, retiring from the Oxon Hill Library.
Mrs. McGowan had done volunteer work for the Green Acres Swim Club in Lanham, Bowie High School and Archbishop Spalding High School. She had been a volunteer and substitute teacher at the elementary school of St. Mathias Catholic Church in Lanham and was a church member.
Survivors include her husband of 24 years, Patrick J. McGowan; and a son, Brendan, both of Mitchellville; a daughter, Eileen McGowan of Crofton; her mother, Mary W. Lockman of Mitchellville; and two brothers, T. Wayne Lockman of Mechanicsville and James Lockman of Fitchburg, Mass.