Marjorie Jane McPhillamey

International Club Volunteer

Marjorie Jane McPhillamey, 85, who welcomed newcomers to Washington as a volunteer member of clubs promoting international goodwill, died May 16 of congestive heart failure at her home in the District.

For more than 30 years, she was a member of People to People International and the Welcome to Washington clubs, two volunteer women's groups that sought to bring together people from different cultures. She was particularly interested in helping women whose families had been posted to embassies or international agencies in Washington.

She enjoyed traveling and, under the auspices of People to People International, attended numerous conferences around the world, staying in the homes of families in Africa, Fiji, New Zealand and Australia. In Washington, she eagerly escorted visitors and international residents on tours of the city's landmarks. She often attended lectures and exhibitions at local museums.

Mrs. McPhillamey was born in Greeley, Colo., and moved as a girl to Los Angeles. She attended UCLA for two years and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in geography. She was a secretary to the head of the geography department at Berkeley and was later a secretary to the superintendent of schools in Buffalo, Wyo. She and her husband, a longtime lawyer with the Department of Interior, moved to Washington in 1956.

Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Robert McPhillamey of Washington; and two sisters.

Lena Estelle Adkins


Lena Estelle Adkins, 88, a long-time resident of Alexandria who enjoyed gardening, died of respiratory failure May 30 at Prince William Hospital in Manassas.

Born in Francisco, N.C., Mrs. Adkins moved to Martinsville and Fieldale, Va., before moving to Alexandria, where she lived for more than 50 years. She was a former president of the Marlan Forest Garden Club and participated in several bridge clubs.

Her husband of 62 years, Wendell L. Adkins Sr., died in 1997.

Survivors include three children, Patricia Adkins Guthrie of Manassas, Wendell L. Adkins Jr. of Alexandria and Walter E. Adkins of Haymarket; three sisters; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.