Joherra Mary Amin Quander, 82, a leader in the local Barbadian community who was a program analyst for the Defense Department when she retired in 1975 after a 34-year career, died of a stroke Dec. 3 at Washington Hospital Center.
Mrs. Quander was born in Barbados and lived in New York before moving to Washington in 1941.
She began her career at the War Department as a file clerk and typist a few days after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
She was a charter member and had been president of the Barbados Nationals Association Inc. and helped to plan its annual dances commemorating Barbados independence day, Nov. 30.
She also performed into her eighties with the Funtastics Senior Dance Troupe, was president of the sodality at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and was a member of the Just 13 Social Club and the Omega Wives.
Mrs. Quander was a den mother with the Cub Scouts in Washington and a member of Quanders United Inc., an association of some of the oldest documented African American families in the United States.
Survivors include her husband, James W. Quander of Washington, whom she married in 1942; a daughter, Joherra Quander Harris of Hyattsville; three sons, Rohulamin, of Washington, and Ricardo and John III, both of Silver Spring; a brother; three sisters; and 10 grandchildren.