Bernice L. Brudner
World War II Veteran
Bernice L. Brudner, 85, a longtime Rockville resident who came to the Washington area soon after serving as an Army nurse during World War II, died of liver disease Dec. 15 at Montgomery General Hospital.
Mrs. Brudner, a native of Syracuse, N.Y., was detailed to a hospital on the Hawaiian Islands during the war. She moved to Washington a year after her discharge in 1946 and devoted her time to raising a family.
She was a member of the Women's War Memorial Association.
Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Benjamin Brudner of Rockville; two children, Philip Brudner of New Market, Md., and Mibs Brudner Parker of Oakton; a grandson; and two granddaughters.
Lawrence Nye Stevens
Lawrence Nye Stevens, 84, who worked for the Interior Department for 23 years before retiring in 1969 as associate director of its outdoor recreation bureau, died of lung cancer Dec. 16 at his home in Arlington.
He joined the department in 1946 as an aide to the commissioner of Indian affairs and was a 1968 recipient of the department's Distinguished Service Award. During his years there, he sought to secure outdoor recreation facilities for city dwellers. He also led the fight to convert Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay into part of what became the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
After retiring from Interior, he served for a time as executive director of the Citizens Advisory Committee on Environmental Quality. In later years, he also served on the board of the Bicycle Federation of America.
Mr. Stevens, who settled in the Washington area in 1946, was born in Nashua, N.H. He was a 1936 graduate of Harvard University and received a master's degree in geography from the University of Chicago. During World War II, he served with the Navy in London.
His marriages to the former Stephanie Kinsley and the former Jane Payson both ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Christensen of Arlington; two children from his first marriage, Dr. Karen Devassy of East Windsor, Conn., and L. Nye Stevens of Washington; a daughter from his second marriage, Dr. Judith Stevens of Los Altos, Calif.; and seven grandchildren. A son from his second marriage, Eric Stevens, died in 1988.
Mary Helen Coventry Ayres
Aided Blind, Dyslexic
Mary Helen Coventry Ayres, 84, who helped found Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic of Metropolitan Washington in the 1970s and was the wife of former congressman William H. Ayres (R-Ohio), died of renal failure Dec. 17 at Vantage House retirement center in Columbia. She had Parkinson's disease.
Known as Helen, Mrs. Ayres lived full time in Bethesda from 1960 to 1992 before moving to Vantage House.
Mrs. Ayres was a past board member of the recording organization and a current member of its advisory board.
She was born in Hibbing, Minn., and was a 1936 economics graduate of what was then Western Reserve University. She spent a year as a secretary at a Cleveland steel plant before becoming a homemaker and later campaigning for her husband, whose represented the district that included Akron from 1951 to 1971.
Mrs. Ayres was an auxiliary member of Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda. She was a member of the International Club, Capital Speakers Club, Congressional Club and Republican Wives Club. She also belonged to the preservation group American Chestnut Land Trust in Calvert County, where the Ayreses had a home.
Survivors include her husband of 61 years, of Columbia; two daughters, Virginia Mount Ayres of Alexandria and Judith Ayres Burke of Sebastopol, Calif.; and two granddaughters.
A son, Frank H. Ayres, died in 1991.
Shirley Theresa Popejoy
Court Reporter, Artist
Shirley Theresa Popejoy, 75, a retired court reporter who had exhibited paintings at shows in the Washington area, died Dec. 18 at Suburban Hospital after a heart attack. She lived in Bethesda.
She had been a court reporter from the early 1960s until retiring in the early 1990s from U.S. District Court for Washington.
Ms. Popejoy was born in Norfolk and raised in Hyattsville. She was a graduate of Hyattsville High School.
She was a member of the Montgomery County Art Association.
Her marriage to William B. Hatch ended in divorce.
Survivors include a daughter, Sybil Hopkins of Fargo, N.D.; and three grandchildren.
Donald E. Wight
Real Estate Firm Executive
Donald E. Wight, 80, who retired in the late 1970s after 30 years as an executive with the real estate development firm of Edward R. Carr & Associates in Annandale, died of a cardiovascular disorder Dec. 16 at his home in Silver Spring.
Mr. Wight, a native of Washington, graduated from Central High School and served in the Navy during World War II.
He saw combat in the Pacific as a quartermaster on the submarine Bluefish.
After the war, he received a degree in business administration from the University of Maryland and joined Carr & Associates, which specialized in residential developments in Northern Virginia.
In retirement, he split his time between the Charles County community of Cobb Island and St. Petersburg, Fla. He returned to the Washington area in 1991.
He was a member of Bethesda Country Club.
His wife of 34 years, Grace Elizabeth "Pat" Wight, died in 1980.
Survivors include two children, Donna Thompson of Woodinville, Wash., and Dean Wight of Rockville; a brother, Richard B. Wight of Silver Spring; and four grandchildren.