Athene Coelho Azevedo, 76, a former employee of the Inter-American Development Bank, died Oct. 10 of brain cancer at her daughter's home in Kensington.
Mrs. Azevedo was born in Guarabira, in the northern state of Paraiba, in Brazil. She graduated from Our Lady of Neves School in Guarabira in 1946 and then enrolled in medical school in Recife. She dropped out of school after a year to marry Carlos A. Azevedo, a U.S. Navy officer. The couple was transferred to Newport, R.I., in 1950. In 1953, the Azevedos moved to Norfolk, where Mrs. Azevedo became a licensed real estate agent.
In 1961, they moved to the District, where Mrs. Azevedo became an administrative assistant with the Inter-American Development Bank. She also worked as a simultaneous translator for the State Department.
She retired from the Inter-American Development Bank in 1977 and took a position as administrative assistant to Arnold Weiss, with the law firm of Arent, Fox, Plotkin, Kitner & Khan. She had worked with Weiss at the Inter-American Development Bank. She retired a second time in 1991.
In retirement, she cared for her ailing mother and took occasional trips to Atlantic City, where she and her friend Marcela Houser enjoyed playing the slots. Always politically active, she closely followed the slot machine issue in Maryland.
After her husband's death in 1985, she lived in an apartment at the Belvedere in Rosslyn until she moved into the Jefferson, an assisted-living facility in Arlington, this year. She recently had moved to her daughter's home in Kensington.
Survivors include her mother, Maria de Lourdes Coelho of Rockville; four children, Laurence Carlo Azevedo of Wallingford, Conn., Mary Lou Carter of Fairfax City, Virginia Azuree-Kaspar of Kensington and Don Fernando Azevedo of Cary, N.C.; a brother; and 14 grandchildren.