Kenneth Arthur Leverance

Maintenance Technician

Kenneth Arthur Leverance, 42, a maintenance technician and

native of College Park, was killed in a Dec. 29 auto accident on Redhill Road in Elkton. Maryland State Police said his car was struck head-on by an auto that had crossed over into his lane of traffic.

Mr. Leverance graduated from Parkdale High School and Frostburg State University. He was a former member of University United Methodist Church in College Park.

During the 1980s, he was a band teacher at Northeast (Md.) High School. In the 1990s, he was a maintenance technician at Delmarva Power Co.

He was a resident of Elkton and a member of Elkton Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his wife of 11 years, Sherri S. Leverance of Elkton; his parents, Elizabeth and Robert Leverance of College Park; a twin brother, Donald Leverance, and another brother, Thomas Leverance, both of Beltsville; and a sister, Dianne Leverance of Severna Park.

Liria I. Cabanatan


Liria I. Cabanatan, 73, a Washington resident who was a former beautician and retired hospital medical billing department clerk, died of a lung ailment Jan. 2 at Bethesda Naval Medical Center.

Mrs. Cabanatan, who lived in the Washington area since 1965, was a native of San Ildefonso, Philippines. In 1949, she married Valeriano T. Cabanatan, who was then serving in the U.S. Navy, and she subsequently accompanied him on his military assignments.

She worked as a department store beautician, then spent about 15 years at Hadley Memorial Hospital in Washington, until the late 1980s.

She was a member of the Women's Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Philippine American Society,

In addition to her husband, of Washington, survivors include two sons, James I. Cabanatan of Reading, Pa., and retired Army Lt. Col. Valerian I. Cabanatan of Olympia, Wash.; a brother; two sisters; and two grandchildren.

Helen S. Pifer

Purchasing Agent

Helen S. Pifer, 83, who retired in 1986 as a purchasing agent with the Montgomery County Board of Education, died of kidney failure Jan. 2 at the Wilson Health Care Center of Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg.

Mrs. Pifer was a native of Waynesboro, Pa., who attended York Business School. As a young woman, she was a bookkeeper in Pennsylvania. After moving to the Washington area in 1951, she worked for United Auto Parts in Rockville. She went to work for the school board in the 1960s.

Mrs. Pifer was president and founder of the Rockville Dandylions, an auxiliary of the Rockville Lions Club, and a member of the East Rockville Civic Association.

Her husband, Donald Pifer, died in 1976.

Survivors include a son, Barry Pifer of Germantown; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Lillie Ann 'Teri' Swanke


Lillie Ann "Teri" Swanke, 75, a championship-winning member of the Montgomery-Prince George's Women's Golf Association, died of brain cancer Jan. 3 at her home in Rockville.

She was born in Crested Butte, Colo., and attended Trinidad College in Colorado. As a young woman, she was a receptionist with Blue Cross in Denver.

After moving to the Washington area in 1967, she was a purchasing assistant at U.S. Homes and an administrative assistant at the Shannon & Luchs realty office in Olney.

She was a volunteer with the parent-teacher association at Flower Valley Elementary School and an award-winning member of the bowling league of Manor Country Club. She belonged to St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Rockville.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Charles C. Swanke of Rockville; five children, Melissa Craig and Jeanne Swanke, both of New York, Scott Swanke of Bethesda, Sylvia Mahon of Gaithersburg and Mary Kraft of Fairfax; and three grandchildren.

June Woodward Colvin

Washington Native

June Woodward Colvin, 76, a Washington native who was a graduate of Wilson High School and the Washington School for Secretaries, died of cardiac arrest Dec. 18 at a Dover, N.H., hospital. She lived in Durham, N.H.

Mrs. Colvin was a secretary at the Agriculture Department in the 1940s and accompanied her husband to Navy posts that included Morocco. She last lived in this area during the 1950s.

Survivors include her husband, retired Cmdr. Felix Neil Colvin of Durham; two children, Margaret E. Colvin of Storrs, Conn., and Felix N. Colvin Jr. of West Palm Beach, Fla.; a sister, Mary Woodward Yokum of Bethesda; and two grandchildren.

Helen DeWerthen Manvel

Management Analyst

Helen DeWerthen Manvel, 85, a management analyst at the Bureau of Standards from 1951 to 1974, died of respiratory failure Dec. 31 in the health unit of the Collington Episcopal Lifecare Center in Mitchellville.

Mrs. Manvel was a native of St. Louis and a graduate of the University of Chicago, where she also did graduate work in economics. She moved to Washington in 1945.

She was a member of the Woman's National Democratic Club, Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church and River Road Unitarian Church. She was a volunteer tutor in D.C. elementary schools.

Her husband of 59 years, Allen Manvel, died in 1997.

Survivors include two children, Sarah Manvel Porter of Silver Spring and Bennet Manvel of Fort Collins, Colo.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Violet B. Adams

Commerce Clerk

Violet B. Adams, 89, a church volunteer and clerk who retired in 1972 after 30 years at the Commerce Department, died Dec. 31 at the Asbury Retirement Community in Solomons, Md. She had dementia.

Mrs. Adams was born in Village, Va., and raised in Washington, where she graduated from Eastern High School.

Mrs. Adams was chair for more than 20 years of the Capital Prayer Chain, an organization of 18 churches, and a member of University Baptist Church in College Park.

Her marriage to Charles Read ended in divorce. Her second husband, George N. Adams, died in October.

Survivors include two children from her first marriage, Barbara Stephanos of San Diego and Marjorie R. Hay of Ocean Pines, Md.; a sister, Burdell Thrift of California; and nine grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. A daughter from her first marriage, Patricia Walker, died in 1988.

Elinor V. Wilbur


Elinor V. Wilbur, 77, a docent for many years at the National Museum of Natural History, where she was assigned to the Discovery Room, died of pancreatic cancer Dec. 31 at her home in Falls Church.

Mrs. Wilbur, a native of Haverhill, Mass., was a secretary in Boston for the Equitable life insurance company until her marriage in 1945. She was a secretary at First Congregational Church in Washington in the mid-1950s and sang in the church choir.

She also knitted for Care Wear Volunteers, which donates clothing for newborns to hospitals. Over the past decade, she was said to have knitted thousands of hats for babies.

Survivors include her husband, Howard N. Wilbur of Falls Church, and two children, Bruce A. Wilbur of Sterling and Ronile J. Willingham of Charlotte.