Kermit E. DeHart

Gas Station Owner

Kermit E. DeHart, 66, who took over an ailing brother's Sunoco station in Falls Church in the early 1960s and kept it in the family for the next three decades, died of cancer Sept. 16 at Fairfax Hospital.

DeHart's Falls Church Sunoco originally belonged to Mr. DeHart's older brother, Doyle. When Doyle DeHart died in 1961, Mr. DeHart remained with the business until retiring in 1990. Mr. DeHart, an Annandale resident, sold the station. It is now City Sunoco -- Falls Church.

During the last decade, Mr. DeHart was the facility manager at Falls Church Presbyterian Church, where he had been a member for 25 years.

Born in Franklin, N.C., Mr. DeHart entered the Air Force after high school. He was stationed stateside during the Korean War and then became a decoder at the National Security Agency in the late 1950s.

He was a member of the Masons and the Falls Church Kiwanis Club. In the 1970s, he worked with the Salvation Army Advisory Board of Northern Virginia and was chairman of the Broyhill Crest Recreation Club. His hobbies included fishing.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Jean Escherich DeHart of Annandale; a son, Douglas, of Arlington; and a brother, Turner, of Franklin.

Caroline H. Farquhar

Special Assistant

Caroline H. Farquhar, 87, who retired in the 1970s after 10 years as special assistant to the managing partner of the D.C. law and lobbying firm of Patton Boggs, died of respiratory failure Sept. 15 at Prince George's Hospital Center.

Ms. Farquhar, who lived at Collington Episcopal Life Care Community in Mitchellville, was born in Chester, Pa., and grew up in Sandy Spring. She graduated from Earlham College in Richmond, Ind.

During World War II she served in the Navy's Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES).

After the war, she joined the U.S. Foreign Service and for 13 years was a secretary to diplomats in Beirut, Stockholm, Seoul and Ankara, Turkey.

In retirement, Ms. Farquhar did volunteer work transcribing tapes of oral history interviews for the Smithsonian Institution and the Foreign Service Wives. Her avocations included photography.

Survivors include a brother, Roger B. Farquhar of Sandy Spring.

Marion O. Bowman


Marion O. Bowman, 79, who was active in organizations of Episcopal Church of Our Savior in Silver Spring, where her husband had been rector for 30 years, died Sept. 16 at the Layhill Center's Genesis ElderCare. She had Parkinson's disease and dementia.

Mrs. Bowman, a Silver Spring resident since the mid-1950s, was a volunteer organizer of the church's opportunity shop and bazaar and was a coordinator of a women's group that knitted communion rail and acolyte kneelers.

She volunteered as a counselor with the Cancer Society's reach to recovery program, and she belonged to St. John's Episcopal Church in Olney and the Inter-Faith Chapel at the Leisure World in Silver Spring.

Mrs. Bowman was born in Kansas City, Mo. She and her husband, the Rev. Harwood C. Bowman, came to the Washington area in 1954. He died in 1988.

Her interests included dancing and gardening.

Survivors include three children, Harwood C. Bowman III of Longwood, Fla., Mark A. Bowman of Ijamsville and Catherine A. Bowman of Bowie; and five grandchildren.

Marilyn Anne Miller

Public Affairs Officer

Marilyn Anne Miller, 55, a public affairs officer and executive assistant to the director of the Defense Energy Support Command who had worked for the Pentagon for more than 20 years, died of cancer Sept. 17 at her home in Springfield.

Mrs. Miller, a native of Lancaster, Pa., was a graduate of Millersville University and received a master's degree in education from Wayne State University.

Over the years, she taught at Defense Department schools in Europe and worked for the Air Force Commissary Service and an Air Force logistics center in Texas before coming here in 1992. She then joined the Defense Energy Support Command and later became executive assistant to its director.

Her hobbies included sewing and arts and crafts.

Survivors include her husband, J.D. Miller of Springfield; two daughters, Lynne Milford of Arlington, Tex., and Kristine Dressendorfer of Pearland, Tex.; her parents; a brother; and three grandchildren.