Winifred Sewell


Winifred Sewell, 85, a retired librarian who had worked for the University of Maryland and the National Institutes of Health and served as honorary president of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, died of congestive heart failure Oct. 23 at her home in Cabin John.

She came to Washington in the early 1960s and worked at NIH's National Library of Medicine until 1970 and then at the University of Maryland until 1992. She also had done consulting work.

Dr. Sewell, a native of Newport, Wash., was an English graduate of Washington State University. She received a master's degree in library science from Columbia University and an honorary doctorate from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy.

She had served on a 1958 International Federation of Pharmacy's pharmaceutical abstract commission, a 1965 National Academy of Sciences committee on modern methods of handling chemical information and a 1966 State Department library exchange program with the Soviet Union.

Survivors include two brothers and a sister.

Peter J. Verdin Sr.

FAA Accountant

Peter Joseph Verdin Sr., 82, a retired Federal Aviation Administration accountant who had served on the board of the Federal Transportation Credit Union, died Nov. 5 at Sibley Memorial Hospital after a heart attack. He lived in Bethesda.

Mr. Verdin, an Ohio native, was an Army veteran of World War II. After the war, he became an accountant with the Civil Aeronautics Administration in Alaska. In 1965, he transferred to FAA headquarters in Washington, where he was an accountant until retiring in 1987.

His hobbies included gardening. He also collected and restored Russian samovars and antiques.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, the former Florence deGoede, of Bethesda; five sons, Peter, of Alexandria, John, of Leesburg, James, of Seattle, Thomas, of Springfield, and Greg, of Laurel; three daughters, Stephanie O'Mara of Annapolis, Rene Leader of Luxembourg and Andrea You of Huntington Beach, Calif.; a stepsister; and 15 grandchildren.

Margaret Furbee

Lord & Taylor Security Agent

Margaret Cant Furbee, 83, who did undercover security work at the Lord & Taylor department store in Falls Church from the early 1960s until the mid-1970s, died Nov. 1 at Inova Commonwealth Care nursing home in Fairfax after a heart attack.

Mrs. Furbee, a Reston resident, was born in Scotland. She settled in the Washington area in 1940 and became a U.S. citizen shortly after arriving. Over the years, she did secretarial work for her husband, a lawyer.

She was a member of Washington Plaza Baptist Church in Reston.

Her husband, Leonard Furbee, whom she married in 1940, died in 1975.

Survivors include a daughter, Jeanne Shohan of Reston; a sister; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Nancy A. Price

Church Member

Nancy A. Price, 93, a member of Arlington Presbyterian Church, died of congestive heart failure Nov. 6 at a daughter's home in Annandale. She also lived in Annandale.

Mrs. Price worked as a nurse and helped run a canteen for Allied soldiers in her homeland of Scotland during World War II. She moved to the United States in the 1940s and lived in Ohio, New Jersey and Pennsylvania before moving to the Washington area in 1997.

Her husband, the Rev. Rhys Price, whom she married in 1932, died in 1978.

In addition to her daughter Isabel Ann Dalsimer of Annandale, survivors include another daughter, Eleanor May Gordon of Bloomsburg, Pa.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandsons.

Roy K. Craun

Salesman and Credit Manager

Roy K. Craun, 94, a former salesman and credit manager at Curtis Brothers Furniture Store in Washington, died Nov. 7 at his daughter's home in Reading, Pa., where he had lived since 1996. He had diabetes.

Mr. Craun was born in Grottoes, Va. He moved to the Washington area as a young man.

He retired from Curtis Furniture about 1980 after more than 25 years with the company.

He was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge in Alexandria and a member of Washington City Church of the Brethren.

His wife, Margaret M. Reed Craun, died in 1996.

In addition to his daughter, Patricia A. Bingaman of Reading, survivors include a stepson, LeRoy Bynacker of Waldorf; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Vernard Cleveland Hedges

Police Officer

Vernard Cleveland Hedges, 78, a University of Maryland police officer and internal affairs investigator from the late 1960s until retiring in 1984, died Nov. 7 at Washington Hospital Center. He had heart disease.

Mr. Hedges was born in Manassas and raised in Indian Head. He served in the Army in Europe and the Pacific during World War II and participated in the Normandy invasion.

He served as a mechanic in the Air Force from 1947 until 1966, retiring as a technical sergeant. Returning to the Washington area, he lived in District Heights, Camp Springs and, since 1997, Waldorf.

Survivors include his wife, Edith Hedges, of Waldorf, whom he married in 1946; a son, Vernard Jr. of Hollywood, Calif.; a daughter, Barbara McDonell of Waldorf; six brothers, Milton, of Indian Head, Harold, of Vero Beach, Fla., Leonard, of Littlefield, Tex., Elvan, of Bryans Road, Md., Floyd, of Tacoma, Wash., and Lloyd, of Brandywine; a sister, Hazel Cockerham of Topeka, Kansas; and two grandchildren.

Cannis W. Hull

Arts Center Director

Cannis Williams Hull, 70, the founder and director of the Cultural Arts Center in Arlington from the early 1980s until the early 1990s, died Nov. 5 at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital after a heart attack.

The center, offering arts and crafts classes, first was run through Arlington County's adult education program. It is now run through the adult recreation program.

Mrs. Hull, an Alexandria resident, was a native Washingtonian. She was a graduate of Dunbar High School and a business administration graduate of the University of Hawaii.

She accompanied her husband on his military assignments and taught elementary school in Hawaii, Germany and Baltimore. She also taught at Birney Elementary School in Washington about 1970. In the early 1980s, she was director of a right-to-read program in Arlington.

She was a member of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington and a former president of an Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority chapter in Northern Virginia.

Her hobbies included oil painting.

Survivors include her husband of 50 years, retired Army Col. Frederick B. Hull of Alexandria.

Sarah 'Billie' Showers

Real Estate Broker

Sarah Vivian "Billie" Showers, 79, a former nurse and retired real estate broker, died Nov. 6 at the National Lutheran Home in Rockville. She had Alzheimer's disease.

Mrs. Showers was the wife of retired Navy Rear Adm. Donald Mac Showers, whom she had accompanied on tours across the United States and to Europe and the Pacific. They had been permanent residents of Arlington since 1966.

She was born in Clifton Forge, Va., and graduated from the University of Virginia's nursing school. She was a nurse at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville for a brief period before moving to Washington, where she worked as a stewardess with Pennsylvania Airlines, which later became Capital Airlines, until her marriage in 1948.

From 1966 until 1968, Mrs. Showers was a nurse at what is now Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington. She began her real estate career with Better Homes Realty in Arlington in 1968, later becoming an associate broker with the firm. She retired from the company in 1983.

She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Arlington and the Army Navy Country Club.

In addition to her husband, of Arlington, survivors include three children, Donna Lynn Webb of Richland, Mich., Donald M. Showers Jr. of Leesburg and David V. Showers of Arlington; and five grandchildren.