Helen V. Howerton

Division Director

Helen V. Howerton, 66, a division director at the Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, died of a brain tumor Dec. 27 at Collingswood Nursing Home in Rockville.

Mrs. Howerton, who lived in Bethesda, was born in New York. She graduated from Hunter College and received a master's degree in the technology of management at American University.

In 1958, she began her 41-year federal career as a medical records librarian for the Veterans Administration in New York. Later, she worked for the VA in Seattle, Cleveland and Los Angeles. She came to the Washington area during the 1960s and worked at the child development center at the National Institutes of Health, the National Center for Child Advocacy, the U.S. Children's Bureau and the National Center for Child Abuse and Neglect.

In 1973 and 1976, she received outstanding achievement awards at the Children's Bureau.

Her avocations included traveling, gardening and needlework.

Her husband of 28 years, Paul William Howerton, died in 1997.

Survivors include two stepsons, Charles P. Howerton of Sequim, Wash., and Terrence J. Howerton of Sheridan, Wyo.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Thomas Mills Jones

White House Clerk

Thomas Mills Jones, 73, who worked for the government for 32 years before retiring in 1982 as chief executive clerk of the White House, died Dec. 25 at his home in Rockville. He had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

He came to Washington and began his government career with the Veterans Administration in 1950. He transferred to the White House in 1952 and received a special award for exceptional federal civilian service from President Reagan in 1982.

Mr. Jones was a native of Northampton, Mass., where he graduated from a commercial college. He served with the Navy in the Pacific during World War II.

He was a member of the Potomac Valley Fly Fishing Club, the Potomac River Jazz Club and the Friends of Big Hunting Creek.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Mary Louise Jones of Rockville; two sons, Thomas Mills Jones II of Damascus and Gregory Jones of Shady Side; a daughter, Sharon Walsh of Woodbine; a brother; a sister; and nine grandchildren.

Louis "Lefty" Carter

Electronics Engineer

Louis Edward Powell "Lefty" Carter, 55, an electronics engineer who had worked for Operational Technologies Services Inc. (OTS) of Vienna, died of lung cancer Jan. 1 at the Hospice of Northern Virginia. He lived in Chantilly.

Mr. Carter, who was born in North Carolina, grew up in Arlington, where he graduated from Hoffman-Boston High School in 1962. He also was a graduate of Southwest Texas State University.

He served in the Air Force, including tours in the Mediterranean area, from 1965 to 1978. He attained the rank of sergeant. After his Air Force service, he returned to the Washington area and worked for a number of electrical consultants before joining OTS about five years ago.

Mr. Carter was a member of Galloway United Methodist Church in Falls Church, where he served as a math tutor to youths. He also belonged to the Society of Logistical Engineers. His hobbies included golf.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Vernessa F. Carter of Chantilly; a son, Duane Anthony Carter of Los Angeles; a brother, the Rev. Theodore V. Carter of Raleigh, N.C.; and two sisters, Patricia Powell-Lee of Forestville and Dorothy O. Brown of Washington.

Donald Thomas Francis

Security Officer

Donald Thomas Francis, 78, a retired Central Intelligence Agency security officer who served as an Arlington County special magistrate from 1975 to 1985, died of pneumonia Dec. 30 at Prince William Hospital. He had diabetes.

Mr. Francis, who lived in Manassas, was born in St. Paul, Minn. He was a graduate of St. Thomas University and the St. Paul College of Law, both in Minnesota. He was a Navy pilot in the Pacific during World War II. He came to the Washington area when he joined the agency in 1951. He retired from the CIA in 1975.

His wife, Phyllis, died in 1995. Survivors include two sons, Michael J. Francis of Arlington and David M. Francis of Manassas; a daughter, Jane D. Townsend of Nokesville, Va.; a sister; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Kenneth G. Jensen

Army Colonel

Kenneth G. Jensen, 67, a retired Army colonel whose specialties included service as an air defense artillery officer, died Jan. 2 at Inova Fairfax Hospital after a heart attack.

Col. Jensen, a resident of Burke, was born in San Francisco and graduated from the University of San Francisco.

He served in the Army from 1955 until retiring in 1980. His career included duty in Vietnam during the war there and service as military attache in Jordan during the Six Day War of 1967. He also had served in Korea and at several posts in the United States. He had been a resident of the Washington area for 26 years.

He was a member of the Fort Belvoir Retired Men's Golf Association.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Jensen of Burke; four children, William Jensen of Burke, Mary Elizabeth Doolin of Quantico, Alicia Armstrong of Charlotte and Laurice Tocker of Manassas; and four grandchildren.

Gladys P. Lehmann

DMV Employee

Gladys P. Lehmann, 97, a retired supervisor in the permit division of the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles, died Jan. 2 at her home in Washington. She had cancer.

Mrs. Lehmann was born in Canada and moved to Washington about 1918. She retired from the DMV in the early 1960s after 38 years.

She was a member of Albright Lutheran Church in Washington.

Her husband, John Oswald Lehmann, died in 1961, and an adopted son, James P. O'Brien, died in 1996.

Survivors include an adopted son, F. Michael O'Brien of Adelphi, and nine grandchildren.