Chrystal Cannon Maier, 83, an accountant and homemaker, died of a heart attack Oct. 6 at her home in Annandale. She lived in Northern Virginia for 30 years, dividing her time between her daughters' residences in Bristow and Annandale.
Mrs. Maier was born and raised in Dorchester, Mass. She graduated from Northeastern University in 1942.
She worked as an accountant at Loyal Crown Manufacturing in the early 1940s. From 1942 to 1952, she worked in Boston for the Donnely Advertising firm, the John H. Sperry Manufacturing Co. and the Charlestown Officers Club. She also worked for the Robert Doherty accounting firm in New London, Conn.
In 1950, she married her childhood sweetheart, Arthur Ray Maier Jr., a Navy judge advocate general, and joined him on tours of duty around the world, including her favorite, Yokuska Naval Base in Japan, during the Korean War.
The Navy did not pay for families to go overseas, so when her husband was assigned to the USS Mount McKinley in South Korea, Mrs. Maier hopped a freighter in San Francisco, did the ship's financial accounting during the Pacific crossing and, with other Navy wives, found off-base housing in Yokuska.
From 1950 to 1965, she was a homemaker on numerous bases, including at Coronado Island, Calif.; Newport, R.I.; Groton, Conn.; and Washington.
She served as president of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary in Dorchester and was a member of various naval officers' wives clubs. She also was a member of the World War II Submarine Veterans Auxiliary, the Garden Club of Annandale, St. Michael's Parish in Annandale and Holy Trinity Parish in Bristow.
A daughter recalled that despite Mrs. Maier's self-professed shyness, she taught dancing and won jitterbug contests as a young woman. She also had a facility for languages and taught herself at least a modicum of Japanese, German and French.
Her daughter recalled being with her in a Vienna, Austria, train station when Mrs. Maier struck up a conversation with an older man who had been a German POW in Texas during World War II. The man told her he had fond memories of his Christmas celebration in the United States, so he and Mrs. Maier soon were singing Christmas carols -- to the dismay of Mrs. Maier's family -- their voices enhanced by the station's high-ceilinged acoustics.
She had a lifelong love of traveling and hiking. In her youth, she hiked in the Blue Hills near Boston and in the White Mountains in New Hampshire. On her last trip to Europe, at 79, she climbed to the Parthenon in Athens.
Mrs. Maier's husband died in 1965.
Survivors include her two children, Chrystal Maier Mertz of Bristow and Elizabeth Davis Rayome of Annandale; and five grandchildren.