Matilda A. Ruppe

Management Analyst

Matilda A. Ruppe, 83, who worked for the what became the Department of Energy for 35 years before she retired in 1984 as a management analyst, died of a heart ailment March 9 at her home in Germantown.

Ms. Ruppe, who was known by the nicknames "Maddie" and "Toot," was a New Jersey native. She began her government career in 1949 at Los Alamos, N.M., with the Atomic Energy Commission. She transferred to the Washington area in 1956.

She had been a member of St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church in Rockville since 1956.

She leaves no immediate survivors.

Enid Shevelin Pearsall

Resident Manager

Enid Shevelin Pearsall, 58, who had been the resident manager of the Wedgewood West Apartments in Annandale since 1974, died of cancer March 14 at Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington. She lived in Annandale.

Mrs. Pearsall, a New Hampshire native, came to the Washington area and settled in Annandale in 1972.

She was a past member of the Annandale Lionesses.

Survivors include her husband, Stephen Carroll Pearsall of Annandale; two daughters, Monica Marie Ferrucci of Vicksburg, Mich., and Stephanie Renee Romano of Annandale; her father, George Raymond Shevelin of Portsmouth, N.H.; two brothers; a sister; and four grandchildren.

Lois S. Mills

Administrative Assistant

Lois Sherier Mills, 73, a Georgetown resident who was a retired National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration administrative assistant, died March 13 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. She had a heart ailment.

Mrs. Mills, a Washington native, graduated from Immaculata Seminary and attended the University of Maryland.

She was a Federal Housing Administration administrative aide in the early 1950s, an agent with the J.C. Chatel realty firm in Washington in the late 1950s and a bookkeeper with Potomac Sand and Gravel Co. in Washington in the 1970s. She was a sales associate with the Woodward & Lothrop department store in Chevy Chase in the 1980s before she joined NOAA. She retired from NOAA in the late 1980s.

Her marriages to Donald Miller and then Ladson A. Mills ended in divorce.

Survivors include a daughter by her first marriage, Anne M. Rutherford of Vienna; and a sister, Jean Katherine Sherier of Washington.

Louise Arnold Menefee

Bibliographer and Editor

Louise Arnold Menefee, 95, a bibliographer and editor with the U.S. Office of Education and its American Youth Commission from 1937 to 1947, died March 12 at her home in Washington after a heart attack.

Mrs. Menefee, an Iowa native, was a 1928 English graduate of Berea (Ky.) College. Before coming to Washington in 1937, she was an assistant to a dean and registrar at what is now Oklahoma State University and an aide to the registrar at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania.

She was the author of the 1938 "American Youth: An Annotated Bibliography."

Mrs. Menefee had been a member since 1936 of the New York Presbyterian Church in Washington, where she had served as president of the Deaconess Board.

Over the years, she had belonged to the the Pi Beta Phi sorority, the Florence Crittenton Chevy Chase Circle, and the League of Women Voters. She did volunteer work for Meals on Wheels and was an editor of the Presbyterian Home News and a tutor with the Community Club.

Her husband of 24 years, William Kemp Menefee, died in 1961.

Survivors include a sister.

John 'Gus' Gutridge Jr.

Accounting Clerk

John E. "Gus" Gutridge Jr., 76, who retired in 1990 after about a decade as an accounting clerk with the Washington law firm of Carr & Jordan, died of liver cancer March 3 at the Washington Hospice. He lived in the District.

Mr. Gutridge, who came to the Washington area in 1943, was born in Fredericksburg. He served with the Navy in the Pacific during World War II. He attended George Washington and Benjamin Franklin universities.

He did accounting work for Campbell's music store in Washington from 1946 to 1966. He then began working for a Washington law firm.

His hobbies included collecting classical and Broadway cast records.

He leaves no immediate survivors.

Ann Bennett Humbert Edgerton

Floral Designer

Ann Bennett Humbert Edgerton, 81, a floral designer who for 30 years operated the Persimmon Tree Studio in Bethesda, died of cancer March 11 at her home in Bethesda.

Mrs. Edgerton was born in Washington. She graduated from Wilson High School and American University.

Five years ago, she retired from the studio, where she had created floral arrangements and designs for weddings, receptions and other events in the Washington area. Before Persimmon Tree Studio, she had owned and operated the Cellar Door Studios in Bethesda.

Her marriage to Homer Humbert ended in divorce.

Survivors include her husband, James F. Edgerton of Bethesda; three daughters from her first marriage, Suzanne H. Edington and Daena H. Hoey, both of New Bern, N.C., and Joan B. Humbert of Gaithersburg; two stepchildren, Natalie E. Woodward and James B. Edgerton, both of Houston; a brother Edmund J. Bennett of Tucson; a sister, Brenda B. Bell of Bethesda; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Charlotte A. Jones


Charlotte A. Jones, 78, a native Washingtonian who retired in 1978 after 17 years as a bookkeeper with the National Association of Letter Carriers, died of respiratory failure March 13 at Bradford Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Clinton.

Mrs. Jones, a Fort Washington resident, was a graduate of St. Cecilia's Academy in Washington.

She was active in a Moose Lodge in Colonial Beach, Va., where she had a second home.

Her husband of six years, Joseph P. Luskey, died in 1949.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Carroll W. Jones of Fort Washington; two children from her first marriage, Mary A. Brooke of Germantown and George Thomas Luskey of Burke; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Robert C. Cheek

Respiratory Therapist

Robert C. Cheek, 48, a senior respiratory therapist at Children's Hospital, died of cancer March 9 at his home in Glenn Dale.

Mr. Cheek, a native Washingtonian, was a 1973 graduate of DeMatha High School and 1980 graduate of the University of the District of Columbia.

He started working at Children's Hospital while a student at DeMatha. At the time, he was a working in the medical records department. After getting a college degree in respiratory therapy, he worked in the neonatal intensive care unit and was a member of the helicopter transport services.

As a volunteer, he coached youth soccer teams for the Prince George's County Park and Recreation Department.

Survivors include his wife of 14 years, Yolanda, and their two sons, Andrew and Alexander, all of Glenn Dale; his mother, Sarah Cheek of Washington; and a sister, Valida Cheek Walker of Washington.

Warren C. White

Administrative Law Judge

Warren C. White, 82, a retired Interstate Commerce Commission administrative law judge, died of congestive heart failure March 7 at Prince George's Hospital.

He worked for the ICC for 30 years before retiring in 1980. Part of that time, he served as editor of the agency's magazine.

Dr. White, a resident of Adelphi, was a native of New Castle, Pa., and a captain in the Army Air Forces during World War II. He was a graduate of the University of Michigan and its law school. He received a master's degree in political science from the University of Pittsburgh and a doctorate in political science from the University of Maryland.

He was past president of the Masonic Five Points Club in Washington and a local chapter of the American Federation of Government Employees.

He was an active member of the Sons of the American Revolution and a deacon, trustee and instructor at old Brookland Baptist Church in Washington, Hillandale Baptist Church in Adelphi and Riverdale Baptist Church in Upper Marlboro.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Blanche Souther White of Adelphi; three children, David C. White of Adelphi, Susan W. Goldsmith of New Market, Md., and Timothy W. White of Glen Burnie; a brother; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.