Mary Clara Cubby

Theater Performer

Mary Clara Cubby, 79, a 30-year resident of Leisure World in Silver Spring and a member of its theatrical group Fun and Fancy, died of a cerebral aneurysm Nov. 24 at Holy Cross Hospital.

Mrs. Cubby, who began singing and dancing as a young child, was vocal soloist at Leisure World's July Fourth celebration and a performer in numerous musical productions. She also was active in the retirement community's outreach programs.

She was born in Wheeling, W.Va. A Washington area resident since 11, she graduated from Hyattsville High School and for more than 30 years was bookkeeper for the Laborers' International Union of North America before retiring in 1970.

Her marriage to Powell Phillips ended in divorce. Her second husband, John F. Moncure Sr., died in 1983.

Survivors include her husband, William B. "Pete" Cubby of Silver Spring and Longboat Key, Fla.; a daughter from her first marriage, Pat Pugh-Stanley of Alexandria; two brothers, James Calfee of Cheverly and Kennard Calfee of Chiang Mai, Thailand; and two grandchildren.

Phyllis Lee Harrell

Bank Teller

Phyllis Lee Harrell, 72, who retired in 1997 after 26 years as a bank teller with Sun Trust Bank and its predecessors, died of multiple myeloma Nov. 23 at Alexandria Hospital. She lived in Falls Church since 1981.

Mrs. Harrell, a native Washingtonian and a graduate of McKinley Tech High School, spent the early part of her life in Alexandria, where she was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.

Her marriage to Thomas A. Harrell ended in divorce.

Survivors include four children, Carol E. Morreth of Bumpass, Va., Robyn E. Reid of Midlothian, Va., and Thomas A. Harrell Jr. and Mark W. Harrell, both of Alexandria; a sister, Jean Brunner of Lorton; a brother, Thomas Brown of McLean; and three grandchildren.

Paul A. Valentine Sr.

Truck Driver

Paul A. Valentine Sr., 59, a longtime church deacon and truck driver who retired in 1989 after 25 years with the Government Printing Office, died Nov. 19 at Holy Cross Hospital after a heart attack.

He was a lifelong resident of Washington and a graduate of Armstrong High School. He served in the Air Force in Korea.

Mr. Valentine was a deacon at Freedom Way Missionary Baptist Church in Capitol Heights. Earlier, he served in that capacity at True Gospel Tabernacle Baptist Church in Washington and New Beginning Christian Community Church in Upper Marlboro.

Mr. Valentine also did shipping and custodial work. He had been employed by Lansburgh's department store, Union Station, the University of Maryland and George Washington University Hospital, where he was a porter.

His interests included gardening, photography, fishing and hunting.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Novella Wheatley of Washington; four children, Paul A. Valentine Jr. of Capitol Heights, Kevin Valentine Sr. of Washington, Victoria Valentine of Charlotte and Glendora Valentine of Forestville; a brother, Benjamin Valentine, and four sisters, Pauline Valentine, Jean Valentine, Vivian Hammond and Verdell Williams, all of Washington; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Ethel Gertrude Bixler

Legislative Liaison

Ethel Gertrude Bixler, 91, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve who also had worked for the Civil Service Commission for 32 years before retiring in 1972, died Nov. 17 at the Knollwood, an Army retirement facility in Washington. She had a stroke.

Col. Bixler, who had done legislative liaison work with the commission, was a Washington resident.

She was born in Lebanon, Pa., and received a nursing degree from Georgetown University. From the late 1920s to 1940, she served as an Army nurse.

She was recalled to active duty in World War II, serving in Europe.

She was one of the first U.S. nurses to serve in Normandy, France, and later nursed during the Battle of the Bulge.

Col. Bixler was recalled to active duty a second time during the Korean War.

She served in Korea during that conflict, including assignments in early mobile Army surgical hospital (MASH) units. After the Korean War, she returned to civilian life and retired from the Reserve in 1968.

She leaves no immediate survivors.

Loraine L. Wagner


Loraine L. Wagner, 84, a secretary who retired from the Federal Aviation Administration in 1972, died of cancer Nov. 24 at her home in Mechanicsville, Md.

She was a native of Rensselaer, Ind., who had lived in the Washington area off and on since 1942. She did secretarial work for the Navy, Air Force and Air National Guard before going to work for the FAA. She retired from the agency's Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City and then moved back to this area.

She was a volunteer with the Over the Hill Gang, a musical group that entertained at nursing homes and abroad.

Her husband, Mort Wagner, died in 1977.

Survivors include four children, Larry J. Wagner of Pomfret, Md., Melvin L. Wagner of Dunkirk, Md., Judy W. Auth of Mechanicsville and Kaye F. Alexandria of Mayfield, Ky.; five sisters; a brother; 12 grandchildren; and 23 grandchildren.