Agnes G. Bladen

Private-Duty Nurse

Agnes G. Bladen, 94, a longtime private-duty nurse at Washington Hospital Center, died May 4 at the Wilson Health Care Center at Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg. She had congestive heart failure and a stroke.

Mrs. Bladen worked as a private-duty registered nurse in the VIP section of the Washington Hospital Center for more than 30 years. One of her patients was council member Marion Barry after he was shot by Hanafi Muslims, who had stormed the District Building in 1977. Mrs. Bladen retired in 1984.

Mrs. Bladen was born in Mineral, Va., and graduated from Mary Washington College School of Nursing in Fredericksburg. She worked as a staff nurse at Garfield Hospital in Washington and later as a nurse supervisor in the nursery ward of Georgetown University Hospital.

She lived in the Washington area for 73 years and was a resident of Silver Spring before moving to the Wilson Health Care Center in 2003.

Mrs. Bladen was a member of the Young at Heart Club in Beltsville and the XYZ Seniors Club in Greenbelt. She belonged to Our Savior Episcopal Church in White Oak.

Her first husband, Jesse H. Withers, died in 1955; her second husband, Carl C. Bladen, died in 1963.

Survivors include a son from the first marriage, Larry K. Withers of Derwood; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Mary P. Jones

Church Member, Volunteer

Mary Peres Jones, 82, a founding member of St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in New Carrollton who also did volunteer work at the U.S. National Arboretum from 1998 to 2002, died of breast cancer June 3 at the Collington Retirement Community in Mitchellville.

Mrs. Jones was born in Clinton, Iowa, and raised in East Chicago, Ind. She served in the Navy WAVES during World War II and moved to the Washington area.

She was a 1978 fine arts graduate of Catholic University and then spent a decade working as a travel agent at various local agencies. A longtime New Carrollton resident, she moved to Collington in 1999.

For the past several years, she was a patient representative at Kaiser Permanente in Largo.

She enjoyed quilting and crafts.

Her husband of 50 years, G. Thaddeus Jones, died in 1995.

Survivors include two daughters, Gwen Jones of Westfield, N.J., and Carol Ann Cirbee of Hyattsville; three sisters; one brother; and one granddaughter.

Leona Harmon Smith


Leona Harmon Smith, 93, who did secretarial work for about 20 years at Merrimack Construction in Montgomery County until retiring in the early 1970s, died at the Shady Grove Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rockville. She had dementia.

Mrs. Smith, a Rockville native, did secretarial work at Clara Barton Elementary School in Bethesda from the late 1940s to the early 1950s.

A longtime resident of Glen Echo Heights, she spent a decade at Rossmoor Leisure World in Silver Spring before moving to the nursing home six years ago.

Her husband, Nicholas W. Smith, whom she married in 1935, died in 1996.

Survivors include three children, Janice S. Allen of Lock Haven, Pa., Suzanne S. Timmons of Irving, Texas, and Michael L. Smith of New Windsor, Md.; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.