Gloria Washington Chatmon, 74, an elementary schoolteacher in Washington for 35 years until her retirement in 1987, died of lung cancer Nov. 17 at Providence Hospital. She was a lifelong Washington resident.

She taught at Merritt, Syphax, Nalle and Houston elementary schools before spending the last 15 years of her career at Draper. After retiring, she tutored in math and reading for a decade.

Mrs. Chatmon graduated from Dunbar High School and Minor Teachers College. She received a master's degree in administration and supervision from what was then Federal City College.

She was a secretary and assistant treasurer of the National Council of Negro Women in the 1980s and '90s and a member of Phi Sigma Phi education sorority.

Mrs. Chatmon was a deacon and elder at Sargent Memorial Presbyterian Church in Washington, where she also taught Sunday school and led Bible studies for its women's organization. Her hobbies included ballet and bowling.

Her first husband, Charles Benjamin Washington, died in 1967. Survivors include her husband of 23 years, William Fleetwood Chatmon of Washington; a son from her first marriage, Charles Washington Jr. of Washington; a daughter from her first marriage, Marsyl Allain of Washington; and two grandsons.